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Karl Henders…, Home Buyer in Reston, VA

When working with a home builder are there any advantages to working with a realtor instead of working with the home builder directly?

Asked by Karl Henderson, Reston, VA Thu Oct 25, 2012

Is a builder more likely to provide extra incentives if he/she has no additional sales commissions to pay?

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Sorry just realized this was an old question - usually I look at the date. Unfortunately if someone responds even months later it makes it look as if new.
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I am sure you will get lots of responses to this question. Please be aware that the builder/builders representative work for the builder not you. Why would you not want your own representation? It cost you nothing extra and most builders at least in my area have no problem working with Realtors, in fact they usually bend over backwards to accomodate us they want the repeat business. The sales commission is outside of the sale, the builder has already budgeted for that. If you have a problem during the construction process a Realtor can watch out for your interests. Also be sure and compare the builder's lender with an outside lender, many times the discount you receive is not really that at all. Good luck to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
If you are planning to build a new home, often working directly with the home builder is optimal. They almost always have the same resources with regard to financing and mortgage options as traditional realtors and they do run specials as you have suggested. Note that there is nothing wrong with a good realtor either, but if you are starting from scratch or with land that you already own, you should try to work with the home builder directly if you can.
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