Many home buyers assume they don’t need an agent if they’re opting for new construction. After all, they’re working directly with a builder – is there even a place for an agent, anyway?

Unfortunately, this can come back to hurt them in the end.

Remember, whether you’re buying a new home or a resale, it’s still a very large transaction. There are contracts to sign and many thousands of dollars at stake. Is it really something you want to do alone or without guidance?

Here are a few reasons buyers should use a real estate agent – even when building a home from the ground up:

  • They’ll help you choose the right builder. Not all home builders are created equal. An experienced Realtor will be able to tell you which builders are worth their salt and which ones you should steer clear of from the get-go.
  • They’ll help you pick the right neighborhood. Realtors come with serious local knowledge, and they can help you pinpoint the best areas to build your new property in. They may even be able to get their hands on city plans, which would shed light on any new developments that are in the pipeline. This can help you choose the absolute best spot for your home – both now and 10 years in the future.
  • They can weigh in on home design. Want to make sure your home is built with a future ROI in mind? An agent can help there, too. They’ll be in tune with what buyers want on today’s properties, and they can point you to features and amenities that can help you turn a profit once you decide to sell the home down the line.
  • They can be your negotiator. Real estate agents are skilled at negotiating. They can help you swing those new appliances, upgraded countertops and backsplashes or other amenities you didn’t think you could afford.
  • They’ll guide you through the inspections process. Even on new construction, you need a home inspection. In fact, you should probably have several. Your agent can help pinpoint when to call a home inspector and how to hold the builder accountable for any issues found.
  • They’ll review your contracts and legal paperwork. The last thing you want is an error in your purchase contract. An agent will make sure your contract is clear, accurate and error-free and they’ll help you understand every part of it before you sign.
  • They’ll advocate for you. Most importantly, your real estate agent is your advocate throughout the entire process. They’ll make sure the builder is on time, they’ll stay on top of contractors, lenders and vendors, and they’ll have your best interests at heart every step of the way.

Are you considering building a new home in the Schertz or greater San Antonio area? Let The Claus Team help. Our expert agents can guide you through every step of the process, making sure you get your dream home at the best price, in the best location, from the best builder possible.