I have been job searching both for MONTHS. I have seen that a lot (almost all) home builders in this area require an active real estate license. And they are also asking on job postings for some kind of experience in the real estate industry.... more
As a home inspector with over 15 years experience (and many of those inspecting new homes in Texas and Oklahoma) I can't begin to tell you the stories I've heard Builder agents tell my Clients. Things that would get a licensed real estate agent's pulled so fast their heads would spin.
Now having said that, there are a lot of real estate agents out there that are just worthless as well. When my Clients ask whether they should use a real estate agent or just drop in the Builders office, I tell them to make sure they find an agent who will go the extra mile for them!
This means visiting the Builders office, making as many trips as the Clients want to view the home under construction, being there for the independent inspection, etc, etc.
Buying a newly constructed home without a good licensed real estate agent, buy at your own risk!... more