Read This Before Visiting Builder Model Homes

Read This Before Visiting Builder Model Homes

Let's face it... some buyers don't want to sit on the same toilet seat as the previous owner, or take a bath where someone else's dirt has been, or... find an old fingernail tucked deep into the carpet fibers while watching the latest episode of 'The Voice'. Thankfully for these people, there are new homes available - lots of them (from a countless number of fine Twin Cities area builders). So if a used home isn't your thing, maybe you're thinking about building a brand new home? Building a home specifically for you can be a lot of fun, but also comes with some risks. I know, I know... you already know everything and you just want to rush right out to see the pretty model homes. After all the Parade of Homes is still going on, there's no time to lose!

But easy there, turbo. Slow down just a minute and walk with me down this path. Before you rush out to a builder's model, can we first have an informative discussion about new home construction? My team and I have years of experience working with builders and have established relationships with the top new home sales reps across the Twin Cities. We know what's truly available, what the real prices are, what's really going on when you use their preferred lender, the subtle differences between builders, etc, etc, etc. And the best part for you... is that we love to share our knowledge and help you to make the best, most informed decision possible.

Contrary to what you might hear, you're ALWAYS going to get the best deal (price, terms, mortgage rate, etc) when you bring a Realtor - who is experienced with new home construction and sales - along to your builder meetings (especially the first visit). The theory that going into a builder's model without a Realtor to represent you will somehow save you money, is often the costliest mistake that most new home buyers make (and sadly it happens every single day). It's true, and it's usually that initial visit that a buyer makes to the builder's model that will set the stage for their entire working relationship - one that the builder will control if that buyer isn't accompanied by a Realtor on their very first visit. This isn't a point to take lightly either.

Don't get me wrong, the builders in the Twin Cities are a wonderful group of professionals, and we work with them every day (I've even personally built with 3 of them - Pulte, Ryland & DR Horton). But (you knew a but was coming)... as nice and friendly and helpful as new home sales reps are, they're legally representing the seller when you walk into their model. Sure, they're smiling and willing to answer all of your questions, but legally they are not representing your best interests, as their obligation by law is to represent the seller (i.e. their builder). Most consumers understand this general concept when they're buying or selling a used/existing home, but the picture gets a bit more cloudy when dealing with builders - as many buyers see it as being akin to walking into Nordstroms or Best Buy and asking for help. It's different. Very different.

Don't let all of this scare you off from the idea of building new. It's fun, a lot of fun! You just want to approach it the right way - educated and informed, with a strategy and plan already in place before you make that first visit to a builder's model. That's what we're here for. So if you or someone you know has even remotely thought about the idea of building a new home, we need to talk. If you're willing to invest an hour of your day to meet with me, I'm happy to answer all of your questions about new homes and new home construction in the Twin Cities area. We can even discuss what your current home might be worth in today's rapidly changing real estate climate. In the meantime; click this link to get an initial idea of what your home may currently be worth

If you're not 100% sold on building a new home, take a look here and see if anything grabs your attention. It's a great home search tool complete with heat maps, allowing you to really dig into an area and learn more about the community around each home. We've also got a great Home Buying Guide that's free to you without any obligation and it's easy to download as a PDF file. To get your copy just send an email to and write FREE buyer info in the subject line. It's that easy. Thanks for reading today's post. I hope you found it to be useful. I'll look forward to hearing from you soon with questions, comments, etc.

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Dated: March 19th 2014
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