Do I Need A Realtor If I Build New Construction?
YES, YES, YES!
New construction is plentiful in greater Baton Rouge Area and you may be considering buying a newly built home. New construction has a ton of advantages, but many buyers make the false assumption that they can save money by not using their own REALTOR when purchasing a new home. This is a huge misconception!
Why buyers don't think they need their own representation with a Realtor…
Many buyers assume that the builder’s rep will help them with the purchase of their new home. They also assume that working with the internal representation will result in getting a better deal on their purchase.
However, the builder’s rep is working for the builder – not for you! Their success relies on getting the best deal for the builder, who is their employer. There legally can be no discounts passed on to you if you don’t use a Realtor, there is no savings.
But when you use a Realtor, you are the employer.
You, the buyer, may not realize…
You may not know that the commission for buyer representation is legally part of the purchase price. If you are not using your own Realtor, the builder simply receives an extra 2-3% from your purchase. Basically, it’s free for you to use a Realtor. Free.
You also may not know that the builder is not required to have a licensed agent working for them, and many do not. When you hire your own Realtor you will be hiring a licensed agent who represents you, not the builder! Your Realtor looks out for YOUR best interests. The Builders agent or rep looks out for the BUILDERS best interests. Sometimes the best interests are the same for the buyer and builder, but just as many times they are NOT.
If you plan to use a Realtor to represent you…
And we sure hope you do!, be SURE to hand your Realtors card to the builder representative at the door of the model, and tell them, this is my Realtor. It is even better for your Realtor to bring you through the door of the model to make it clear at the very start that you have Realtor representation. There are rules as to how you are introduced to a builder, and when a Realtor is due their fee for working for YOU. Just be very clear and give your agents name, and CARD. If you plan to visit a model, give your agent a call and they can call ahead for you so that the builders rep knows you will be coming and you are represented by a Realtor.
Listing information provided courtesy of the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors. IDX information is provided exclusively for consumers' personal, non-commercial use, and it may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. The data is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.
Updated: 18th February, 2019 7:00 PM.