No reputable builder will deny you representation, nor will they decline to pay your agent a commission as long as you did not negotiate and sign a contract.
The onsite agent represents only the builder's interests, not yours, and must work hard to get the builder the best deal possible and the most profit possible from you.
It is a true test of the builder's ethics and customer service, whether they will try to force you to proceed without an advocate. If you are denied representation, it is a clear sign that they want to take advantage of you.
All that said, don't drag in an agent just so the agent can collect a check. Make your agent work hard for you, in new construction or on a resale property.
As long as you did not sign anything with the builder you should be just fine. Did you visit just the one time? I am an excellent negotiator and can help you get the very best deal possible and would be honored to assist you in your purchase.
Elizabeth Scott, RealtorÂ®, Broker
e-PRO, Strategic Pricing Specialist
Fathom Realty NC, LLC
If you did not sign an agreement for representation, you don't have an agreement. Things only change if you were asked if they could represent you and you agreed. Then you have some type of oral agreement.
When buyers start taking control of their buying process, then things will start to equalize. A real estate agent will always see the side of things that benefit them and their commission. A harsh reality but it is simply true. There is no profession in the world other than perhaps the medical industry where the loyalty isn't first to their income.
Give me a call or send an email with the details of the new construction community and sales person you spoke with. I'd be happy to give them a call to see if they have any issues with a buyers agent representing you and if they will compensate your buyer's agent.
You really should have your own agent negotiating all aspects of the transaction for you. We do this for a living.
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Broker/Owner - Triangle Area Realty
Residential Real Estate Services
You can retain a real estate agent at any point you wish. The question that comes into play is if that agent is indeed due a commission. Builders prefer to pay commissions based on the buyer's agent being procuring cause of sale. This means you would not have found your way into the builders office without the realtor. As mentioned in a lot of these answers builders do sometimes prefer a buyer to have an agent. I would recommend you introduce your agent into the transaction as early as possible. If you have already found a home you like, and have tried to negotiate a price or terms, your real estate agent has had nothing to do with procuring the sale at all. A lot of builders will have a sign or say that by 2nd substantial contact your agent needs to be involved if they are looking to get paid. Now builders are also in the business of selling homes, so if your agent can indeed assist in bringing the transaction to a close then the representation is going to be more than welcome. If you buy a house and then your agent calls the sales office for the commission disclosure, and they have never visited the sales office at all, then it's a bit too late.....
Most builders want a buyer to have representation to help guide a buyer through the purchase process. I would be happy to talk with you more about your visit and the builder & community you are considering if you can give me a call. I know most of the builders in the Triangle and can certainly tell you how great their products are.. 919 417 4367
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Fonville Morisey/Long & Foster
If the builder or their agent give you a hard time I would take this as an indication that their not really ethical and I'd tell them as much and let them know that unless they knock it off you're unlikely to buy one of their homes. (There are countless new homes in Cary). I don't expect you to have nay problems however.
My client visited many homes as well as new homes prior to him getting a preapproval. I worked with him over a month to get that preapproval. Once done, I told him his best bet was to concentrate on new homes. He did so and in his second visit to the new home builder found a home he liked and signed a contract listing me as his agent.
Although it was his second visit with me not being there, and the builder policy is that I be there with him on his initial visit, the builder allowed me to be recognized as his agent. The builder did so as a courtesy and for the fact that I was integral to him buying a home there.
I don't know if you had an agent prior to visiting the builder. However, if you did and your agent was not there with you for some reason I would talk to the builder and discuss it with him.
It is normal for buyers to shop around before they select the Buyer Agent to get the expert opinion and help in buying process.
Binny Joseph GRI
Binny Realty Inc.
3049 Kilarney Ridge Loop
Cary NC 27511
919 636 1582
Just remember, the onsite salesman is representing the builder/seller. Having your own representation is very important especially with an agent who has a ABR designation (Accredited Buyer's Representative) with the experience of working with many buyers and is very knowledgeable with the current market.
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