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By Gregory Touchstone | Agent in San Antonio, TX

Thinking of Buying a NEW home ? ? ? Think about this . . .

Many people think "what's the big deal? I don't need a Realtor to buy a new house."

Well THINK again.

If you consider all the future factors that can affect the resale value of your home you would not hesitate to use a Realtor. The best part of it is, you don't have to pay for our service for watching out for your rights and best interest. The builder is obligated to pay that fee for you.

If you walked onto a car lot, you know the Car Salesman does not want you to leave without buying from him. So goes the scenario at a Builders new subdivision. The salesman in the model home works for the builder and has their best interest in mind. Will he be telling you that you will have a tough time if you have to re-sell in the next few years? I think not.

Will he be advising you of the surrounding area impact with the school districts, zoning restrictions, flood plains, proximity to correctional facilities, land fills... again, I think not. They rely on you getting that all too familiar 'warm/fuzzy' feeling of buying 'NEW' and highlighting only the positive points. It's natural.

Of course not all Builder Salespeople are the same. I have met many with great integrity and experience. But in the end, please remember, you don't sign a Buyers Representation Agreement with a Builders Salesperson. That would be a conflict of interest for them.

You would quickly hire an attorney to represent you if you had to go to court for a crucial event in your life. On average, buying a home is the largest investment most individuals will make in their lifetime and it will have a huge impact on their lifestyle thereafter.

I encourage you to consider consulting with a Realtor to help you with your goal of achieving your dream. I have been blessed to help so many people in my career to make the right choices. I plan to continue doing so for many years to come.

Cheers

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