Esplanade Azario Model Home for Sale in Lakewood Ranch Florida

Why You Should Use A Real Estate Agent For New Construction

Your Real Estate Agent is Your Advocate and Will Represent You Only and Potentially Save You Thousands of Dollars

“I’m buying a new home at Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch, why would I need a licensed Florida real estate agent, when I can just work with the builder directly?”

We hear this question all the time from new home buyers because some home buyers have the belief that you don’t need a Florida real estate agent when buying a brand new home. They have a belief that avoiding a real estate professional will save them money on the transaction. This simply is not true, as working with a real estate agent that specializes in new home construction can actually help you save money.  And the builder will NOT give you a better price on the house if they do not pay a buyer’s agent commission.

When you don’t work with a real estate professional, you are allowing the builder’s agent to represent you. The builder’s representative will not be working in your best interest. This means you are not their top priority, as they are working for the builder. Having representation from a new construction real estate agent in Florida means that an experienced professional has your back. A new construction real estate agent can advocate and stand up for you throughout the entire transaction, and potentially save you money, by being a negotiator from things like Title Insurance Costs and Closing Costs.

You need a new construction Realtor who knows how to ask the right questions. To find an experienced local real estate agent who can advocate for you, you need to ask a few questions, also. Consider asking a potential real estate professional:

  •      What are the benefits of buying new construction over an existing home?
  •      Do you know of any lenders who specialize in new construction mortgages?
  •      What is your experience selling new construction homes?
  •      How familiar are you with the new construction purchase process?
Esplanade Azario Lakewood Ranch New Home Model
The Humboldt Model Home Esplanade Azario Lakewood Ranch

Some home buyers have the belief that you don’t need a Florida real estate agent when buying a brand new home. They have a belief that avoiding a real estate agent will save them money on the transaction. This simply is not true, as working with a new construction real estate agent can actually help you save money.  And the builder will NOT give you a better price on the house if they do not pay a buyer’s agent commission.

When you don’t work with a real estate professional, you are allowing the builder’s agent to represent you. The builder’s representative will not be working in your best interest. This means you are not their top priority, as they are working for the builder. Having representation from a new construction real estate professional means that an experienced professional has your back. A new construction realtor can advocate and stand up for you throughout the entire transaction.

You need a real estate agent who knows how to ask the right questions. To find an experienced local real estate professional who can advocate for you, you need to ask a few questions, also. Consider asking a potential Realtor:

  •      What are the benefits of buying new construction over an existing home?
  •      Do you know of any lenders who specialize in new construction mortgages?
  •      What is your experience selling new construction homes?
  •      How familiar are you with the new construction purchase process?

Your Realtor Will Negotiate On Your Behalf

A brand new home in Lakewood Ranch, Florida can be expensive, especially if you’re choosing the new construction option. Most builders market their homes with the base price of their homes. This is often for the most basic model with no upgrades and no lot premiums. It’s definitely not the home you see when you tour the models. Models are usually the top of the line home, sometimes several hundred thousand dollars higher than the base price because they include many upgrades.

However, one of the great benefits of buying new construction is your ability to customize and truly make the home your own.  An example of a local community that allows customizing a new home is Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch. One of the benefits of working with a Realtor with new construction experience is that they can negotiate the options, upgrades, and incentives with the builder on your behalf. This can help ensure you get the best price for your upgrades and options to the floor plan, and the best options with your financing through the builder’s lender should you need to finance your new construction purchase.

A highly experienced new construction Realtor can go into these negotiations well prepared to get you the best price possible, saving you money in the long run. 

About the author – Ken O’Brien is a licensed Florida real estate agent in Sarasota, Florida with the July 2021 real estate brokerage. He and his team focus on delivering the best services in the Sarasota, Florida and Lakewood Ranch, Florida real estate markets.

The Humboldt Model Home Esplanade Azario Lakewood Ranch
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