Builders think in quantities ... 20,000 sq ft of this and 15,000 lbs of that and 10,000 sq's of the blue stuff .. .. when you go basic, they go blind for a minute or so.
If you feel comfortable, then just sit down with the builder and contract what you want, it's simple and it's done every second of everyday ..
It's spring, and most builders have been sitting on their hands for the last 4 or 5 months and they "need" the business - bad.!
Also keep in mind, good real estate attorneys are only $700/$900 away ..... why pay an agent $10,000 to do what an experienced real estate attorney can do for $1,000 ...
Happy Easter and happy hunting.!
It looks like Ronald posted some additional information about this situation at the link below.
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If the Builder is being difficult now, imagine trying to handle changes with him AFTER he has your signature, earnest money, and upgrades deposit.
And yes, you should have a RE att'y or an agent help you with your docs. Which one you choose depends on how much you want guidance and representation in the transaction.
The agent gets a commission based on the purchase price of the sale. (Here in Washington State the Seller pays the commission--that is why many builders don't want agents involved-- they don't want to pay the 2.5% or 3% broker fee for the Buyer to have representation.)
So, no matter how many hours, how many phone calls, how many site visits, how many documents faxed or emailed or sent, the agent's fee remains the same. And if for some reason the sale doesn't close--for instance, if you change your mind, or your financing fails, or the builder goes out of business and never finishes the house--the agent receives nothing.
The RE lawyer will most likely bill by the hour. How much depends on the lawyer.
So consider the amount of representation or guidance you will most likely desire, and choose one or the other accordingly. If you do get an agent, shop for one who has lots of experience with new construction contracts, and try to find one who has experience with this particular builder.
Best wishes, and let me know how it works for you!
It sounds like you are not represented by a Realtor in the transaction and the builder, aka the home seller, is taking advantage of the situation. With all due respect, it's clear youâ€™re not comfortable with the negotiating aspect and the builder senses that.
Buyers of new construction often, and I mean very often, do not realize that buying from a builder is the same as buying from a regular home seller. The builder does not have your best interest at heart â€“ only his own best interests to concern himself with.
Hardwood floors typically cost more than carpet and when you spread the cost out over 30 years, if I were presenting you, I would try to get the builder to lower the cost and still install hardwood floors. The builder is trying to remain within his profit margin to keep his profits as high as possible. And when you start asking him to change things, this alters his plans and lowers his profits.
If you have not yet signed a contract, then the ball is in your court. Stand strong on your demands and if he doesnâ€™t budge, simply walk away. Donâ€™t be afraid, but donâ€™t say you wonâ€™t buy from him. And donâ€™t say youâ€™re going to think it over either! Just say youâ€™re going to look at some other homes in the area.
Then when you return, return with a Realtor who is an Accredited Buyer Representative, and let the agent begin to negotiate the terms for and with you. Chances are, the builder wants and needs your sale â€“ especially in todayâ€™s slower economy. Your Realtor should be able to negotiate the best terms in your favor, and they may also get the builder to pay for most of your closing costs too!!!
I hope this helps, and good luck!
Frank Biganski, Realtor ABR