Without knowing who the builder is it is hard to say. Some of the builders in our area use REALTORSÂ® for their reps. Other builders use employees. If the rep works directly for the buider it may be easier to bring someone to represent you at this point.
I'm glad you decided that having someone to represent you is a good idea.This is especially true as far as new home sales. The new home rep is a salesman for the builder who works on commission so they really owe their allegiance to the builder. As a new home specialist I realize how much is involved in a new home purchase and it is good to have someone watching over things for you and interacting with the builder. Most builders require that you register your agent with them in order for the agent to receive a commission. If you have simply visited the builder but have not signed a contract, it may not be too late to get the agent registered. As someone else mentioned, pricing may have been quoted without a commission included but most builders, in this market, will still be willing to work with the agent and provide commission in order to sell the home. Be sure to take your agent with you as you look at new homes. They can help you with decisions even at the early stages.
Good Luck in your home search.
Typically a well known reputable builder will be ok with bringing an agent on board after you've begun discussions. However in CIncinnati we use " procuring cause" as a measure to see who gets the commission check. The agent that shows you a property first is the agent that is entitled to the commission. Same holds true for a builder. That said most agents and builders will honor the agent you are working with. Sound confusing? If so send me an email with the particulars and I can help you out. I've worked with many of the area builders and can give you better guidance if I know who you are dealing with.
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