Regarding a Realtor who will give you a rebate - as many have said before me - you get what you pay for. As a buyer, there is usually not any cost to you for a Realtor to represent you (because the seller's pay the Realtor commissions). However, if you ask for an agent to cut your commission they may also cut some of the services they provide to you. Since there is usually no cost to you as a buyer, why not take advantage of a full-service Realtor...you will be glad that you did.
If you have further questions, and you are not already working with another agent, I would love to speak with you to answer your questions and help you get started on track to buy your new home.
Melissa Hailey - North Texas Top Team, Realtors
Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors
Understand that builders woul find themselves in a heck of a mess if the did negotiate lower prices after others had bought at higher amounts. Discounting their very own prices would also errode their own market value and jeopardize their future appraisals.
There are ways in which builders can offer a carrot to potential buyers. They may not advertise or like doing so but they can and do offer incentives on upgrades. By offering these options the base price of the home remains in tact and everyone is happy...except maybe the builder.
Using a local real estate professional that has had dealings with this builder could bring you the edge you require to save some money but discounting their commission will likely not gain you any favors. Think of it.....by expecting a 1.5% kickback on a 3% commission fee will essentially put more in your pocket than the agent will recieve in the end. Fair? I should think not!
We would be happy to answer any other questions you have and would like to welcome you as a client. We are a commission share company!
Bob Luckock - Broker
I think it depends on what you want for service. There might be a lawyer that will just review your contract for $395 or someone who will be out on site every couple of weeks, watching your project, taking pictures, attending the meetings between you and your builder, etc.
Just the lender they recommend might save you more than what you save, so you have to be careful when evaluating discounts like this.
If and when something goes wrong, are they just going to give you advice over the phone and let you go out and deal with the sales rep, or are they going to go with you and handle the negotiations? There is a difference.
You might also want to review my website about the things that can and do go wrong during the building process. As we ramp up quickly after almost a five year slowdown, we'll start to see more of these issues again.