Bay, if you plan on working with a 'future agent' keep in mind that, if you visit the new homes site and talk/negotiate/show interest/ you may not be able to bring an agent into that 'in the works' transaction. I don't know how exactly procuring cause works but typically, when a house is listed, whether it be a single listing or new construction, if you don't enter into a transaction or negotiations with your own agent to represent you, you can't just bring one into the mix at a later point. Most new construction listings here even say 'buyers agent must accompany buyer to site at or prior to first visit'. If you want your own agent to double check things prior to you making the deal, be prepared to pay that agent yourself since the site agent and builder may be under no obligation to pay that agent for you. On the buyer side, I just can't show up at contract time and say 'hi, I'm the buyers agent, let me sit in on the paperwork part and pay me at closing'. Do as much work and gather as much information as you want but you will need to disclose to any agent that you work with what contact you have had with the builder's agent. Don't call me as I have no useful number information for you... just want you to double check 'procuring cause' and 'agency' before you get too far in. Oh, except I would agree not to use last sold prices. Agents usually call around and fish for pending prices, tentative close dates and such. Maybe you can hire an agent to perform a certain job for you and compensate them yourself.