Also get out and talk to the owners of some of their homes and you will get an idea of what challenges, if any, you will be facing. Knowledge is power.
Rather than seeking opinions that are limited to one persons view or experience, and are therefore of little value, why not find out the facts regarding that builder - or any other?
Certainly there are builders I advise my clients to avoid (or that I will watch carefully-monitor the construction) but, really there can be problems with most home builders if you try to deal with them directly without an experienced expert on your side. Buying a new construction home, and especially building a new home is a lot more involved than most people understand, and it is loaded with way more room for errors and unexpected problems than buying an existing home. Right now many new Home Builders have a "take it or leave it" attitude because of supply and demand. This imbalanced sellers market can often lead to all sorts of problems regarding quality. Listing agents who represent the builders are harder to deal with but are simply doing their job - and their job is to get the best price and terms for the builder. The supply of new homes is not meeting demand, therefore the builder can be, and is often in the driver's seat. Having a great agent help you is far-far better than trying to go up against the builders agents alone - but for maximum results, more than agent sales skills are needed. I have sold many new construction homes over the years and that is valuable experience. But more important than just the selling experience of new construction homes, I offer many years of technical knowledge and insights regarding all aspects of residential construction, from materials science, energy efficiency, building codes, and analysis and verification of the structural components, and major mechanical system components of buildings, and a deeper understanding of the builders business challenges. I have helped hundreds of clients build both production and custom homes from the ground up, and in the process made sure the client got what they should have, and that structural and finish defects were corrected before they were covered up. If you would like to discuss this in person, and get the advice of someone who knows both real estate and home construction on an expert level, reach out to me, I would be happy to talk with you. Best, Robert Whitfield Broker/Owner Professional Buyers Broker New Home Construction Expert ICC Code Certified Building Inspector Advantage Realtors 678-585-9691 RobertWhitfield.com TheHomeBuyersRep.com Corporate Relocations | New Construction | Luxury & Investment Properties
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Regardless of where you decide to buy a home, I agree with some of the comments made on this tread, you should have good representation that will walk you through the buying process. If you are looking for a new home, I would specifically look for a REALTOR that is well versed in the new home market. It makes the buying process easier for you and the builder you decide to buy your next home from. If we can help answer any of your questions or address your concerns, please feel free to reach out to us directly. Again, thank you for your interest in SR Homes, A Builder Focused on You!