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Daniela Luis, Home Buyer in Haslet, TX

home builder reccommended a realtor, I'm wary of someone that they work with on a regular basis I wouldn't be sure where their loyalties lie.

Asked by Daniela Luis, Haslet, TX Tue Jan 15, 2013

I want my realtor to help me get the best deal possible and not try to help their buddy the builder make as much of my $ as possible. At the same time, the realtor they recommend would be familiar with their procedures and might be able to negotiate with them better because they work together often,advice?

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I completely understand your concerns Daniela.. Although there may not be any impropriety going on, I think I would want to be certain by picking my own Realtor if I were you.

I would be happy to assist you with your negotiations with the home builder. I just recently helped a client purchase a home in Sendera Ranch, Haslet, TX. and we are scheduled to close in the next week or two. Feel free to give me a call and we can get the process started for you!

Joe Stone - Realtor®
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
That seems like it might be a pickle. When you hire a realtor they are supposed to have your best interest in mind not someone else's. So, I would think that if the realtor is following the law they will help you out and not their buddy.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hi Daniela,
If the homebuilder is recommending a Realtor to Sell your current home that is OK because the builder wants you to buy and wouldn't recommend someone that they didn't have the best chance to sell your home.
However, if they are recommending a realtor to help you purchase, that's a different story.
First, there is no reason for them to do so unless they want to help their 'friend" get a commission.
Second, don't use that Realtor!. You want an expert negotiator to get you the best deal. That is not who they would recommend.
Always use a Realtor on your side. There is almost no home that you cannot get a better price on or receive more incentives. However, unless you're a very skilled negotiator don't expect to get much.
Use Realtor who has the relationships with the builders that I have. New Home Builders will tell me Up Front how much they have to play with in the price. They want to sell homes!
Here is how the conversation goes. Hey Mary, I have a buyer. On Plan XXX how much do you have to play with? Well Lloyd, I have 5% but we could also offer XYZ if you can get the Buyer to close by the xx/xx/xxxx. Thanks Mary, What about Closing Costs, will you pay those. Well we could do this or that.
The Point here is that they tell ME all these things Up Front!
Why, because I am such a great negotiator that they just lay all their cards on the table.
Would you like someone like me on your side? I sure would..
In your life, if you have felt you have done a great job in negotiating, that means that you didn't because the trick is to Always make the other party think They Won.
Call me
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hi Daniela,

You're absolutely right. You want your agent to work for you not the builder. This also applies to the builder's preferred lender.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2013
Pleased feel comfortable to research my Blog on Trulia. Haslet is my territory, new build homes is my specialty. Working with first time home buyers became important to me when my children became of age to purchase their homes.

I am well known by the Builders as I negotiate terms on behalf of my client. Helping Builder's make money is not an ethically accepted practice. Our JOB is to get you the best deal for the home you qualify to purchase and to remain informed if the housing market will support a Builder's asking price.

This area is exploding with growth. A new Walmart and Home Depot will open in 2013. A brand new middle and high school bond program was approved by the residents of 76052 in the last election.

I am committed to remain informed with government officials, neighborhood associations and market conditions in Haslet and the Alliance Corridor.

Please understand, Realtors are precluded from conducting business that favors any entity other than the client we represent.

I would like to earn your business. Please contact me if you have not committed to one of my colleagues in my industry,

Best wishes for success!

Lucy A. Puniwai
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2013
I would feel honored to work with you !

Contact my office Thursday

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Credit Repair Advisor
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 16, 2013
Talk to friends/family/relatives/coworkers and ask them to refer you to a realtor they used in the past and had a good experience with.
You are wise to question the loyalty

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
Interview both....

So are you buying and selling?

Otherwise I don't know why the builder would recommend a realtor to help you negotiate against them.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
yes we are buying and selling
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
A good Realtor should only be concerned with their client's interest and not that of a builder. A good Realtor should be able to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision on what home to purchase or what builder to use. All builders are like any seller in the State of Texas and all contracts must be written in accordance with Texas Real Estate Laws. There is always room for negotiations with a builder. If the builder has recommended an agent to you to purchase a home they are building, than they may have an arrangement for pay etc. but hopefully the Realtor would only represent your best interest. If the Realtor is acting on behalf of both the seller and buyer than they become an Intermediary and truly could not advise either party in regards to negotiations. If you have concerns about this than you might consider obtaining your own Realtor that you feel comfortable with. I myself live in Haslet and would be happy to share any experiences I have had with builders in this area.

Good luck to you,

Mindy Lowry, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Heritage
682-559-1246 cell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
Hi Daniela, I can answer some of your questions. A Realtor should look out foot your best interests no matter what. If you would like to discuss your options and opportunities, give me a call at 817.360.5555. I'll be glad to point you in the right direction.
Brian St.Clair
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
I believe your realtor should have your best interests at heart, and their realtor just wouldn't be assured of that attitude. Arms' length is the best protection for you, and you should just make sure your realtor has been well seasoned in the industry and that area of town.
Good luck!
Barbara Coker
Licensed Mortgage Loan Officer
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
It is always best to have your own representation even when working with a builder for the reason you stated in your question.. you need someone negotiating on your behalf and making sure you get the best possible deal on the home you choose.
I would suggest calling upon a few Realtors in the area and interviewing with them.
I have represented many clients in the Haslet area purchase new homes and would welcome the opportunity to earn your business.
If I can be of assistance, feel free to contact me.

Shelly Sierra, REALTOR®
Direct: 214-686-4865
Email: shelly.sierra@remax.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
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