What should you be skeptical about when looking at a model home?

Asked by Trulia Dallas, Dallas, TX Tue Feb 19, 2013

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Monica Pineda, Agent, Dallas, TX
Wed Feb 20, 2013
The question was referring to a model home, one that is built prior to a developer building several homes in one area so that potential buyers can view what they will be buying before their own home is built. Lowell it seems read "mobile" instead of model home. A model home should not depreciate any differently than other similar properties.
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Michael Brow…, Agent, Allen, TX
Tue Feb 19, 2013
The many upgrades that a model home has that your typical spec home may not have!
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Andrea Brooks, Agent, Plano, TX
Tue Feb 19, 2013
Typically the model has most, or at least many, of the upgrades the builder is offering. It's easy to fall in love with those, but you may have sticker shock when presented with those additional costs.

I would recommend working with a Realtor who is experienced with new construction. That agent can give you guidance on which upgrades are worth having the builder do - hardwood flooring comes to mind - and which ones you may consider handling at a later date.

We negotiate with builders just as we would with a seller of an existing home - understanding price for the area and the type of home that is being built is key. The sales reps in the model work for the builder and are responsible for getting them the best price - be sure to have your agent with you whenever you're speaking with them.

I'm happy to help if you need further assistance - I have worked with most builders in the area and know the process well. You can also visit my site at http://www.topagent.co for more information about me.

All the best,

Andrea Brooks
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Dixon Wong, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Feb 19, 2013
just need to know what are the upcharges. The upgrades are usually where the builders make the most from you.
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Machelle Mull, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Feb 19, 2013
You should be aware that all the features in a model home are not usually included in the home you may have built. Wood floors, stainless appliances, granite counter tops, all of which you usually see in the models can all be extra and really add up in added costs. Usually the model will have many upgrades in it.Of course you will fall in love with the look of the upgrades in the model and end up paying more than you thought it would be. It is always wise to have a Realtor when purchasing a home whether it is a new bulid or not. It is also wise to have it inspected new build or not.
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Brent Rice, Agent, Plano, TX
Tue Feb 19, 2013
The reputation of the builder and the quality of construction. Also, ask what is included in the standard package versus upgrades. Models always have many upgrades because that is really where they increase profits.

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Kenneth "Ken…, Agent, Dallas, TX
Tue Feb 19, 2013

Turtle Creek Realty
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