Hi Judy and thanks for your post.
Typically, a model home has three specific things going for it that you might consider:
1. Better location and a slightly bigger lot (in most instances, although not always). If this is the condominium, then there is no lot size.
2. All of the available options and upgrades are in the home
3. Decorator interiors and colors and appointments (many of which are NOT available to buyers of other units in the community)
Now the downside...
1. About a million people have trampled through the home, opened and banged doors, tried out everything, leaned on raining, put handprints on walls, flushed toilets, etc...
2. It's the "oldest" home in the community (models are built first, so they are actually older than the other homes that were not constructed until after the sales contract was formed)
3. When you think about it, model homes are hardly "new homes" in today's market where selling a community can take more than a year to complete.
So, my suggestion is that hopefully you're working with an experienced new homes Realtor to represent you. This person may be able to make a deal on the home, but if there is still a great deal of interest in the community, the ability to negotiate may be severely hampered. If you're doing all of the negotiations, you should be able to negotiate repainting the interiors, replacing some carpeting on places like the stairs or refinishing worn and damaged floors, but beyond that may be difficult.
Good luck! Work with a Realtor to help you. If you have already gone to the community without a Realtor, then you will, in most cases, be unable to bring an agent into the transaction now.
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