First time buyer,
Good day to you.
RULE # 1: YOU CAN ALWAYS NEGOTIATE.
There is an opportunity for a world of savings with the Builder in the purchase process regardless of whether you choose to utilize the services of a Realtor, IF you know how to structure your offer properly and where to seek those savings. Make sure you identify all that is important to you as soon as possible so as not to loose value by forgetting something. Make a list of all changes/options. Establish your perceived value of those options or changes and structure your offer accordingly. Don't be afraid to go in low. You can always come up in terms of agreed to price. The other key is to know what options the Builders are willing to negotiate on and those they are not. Its not as simple as it sounds but it is not that complicated either. It just takes some patience and due diligence.
Rule # 2: Know the value of someone with expertise who can SAVE you money.
You are right that most Builders have their Realtor Cooperation Policies. That said they also know they do not want to lose a sale opportunity. Most Builders will still allow you to utilize the services of a Realtor if you really want one and let them know that right up front.
Please feel free to visit our web site at http://www.CornerstoneNewHomeSolutions.com
where you can gain access to a lot of knowledge regarding the purchase and or building of a new home without obligation. We specialize in new home construction and first time buyers. If we can be of any service or help please feel free to contact us.
Best wishes in your New Home Dream and Endeavor,
Stephen B. McClain, Broker Owner
Cornerstone New Home Solutions