Why Use a Realtor® to help you with a Builder?
What are some examples or real life experiences which illustrate how using a Realtor helped your client when dealing with a builder?
- Realtors can talk to the builder rep as an equal and not as a customer. A builder told me that a spec home they had was built for $450k and we were getting it for $416k plus $10k in appliances. With that information, which they were hesitant to share with the buyer, I was able to let the buyer know how great a deal they were getting.
- Like in any negotiations, Realtors aren’t emotionally involved. Realtors listen to the client and are able to go back to the builder rep with a less emotional response. It’s a good buffer.
- Realtors can explain “acts of God” in terms that the buyer understands. I assisted in the purchase of a home built in 2014 during the worst weather. I called the City of Hilliard to see when permits were going to be granted and they also said that nothing was going to be done. It was a great way for me to “do something” and get confirmation of information that the builder had provided.
All in all it’s not about picking out colors, trim, and flooring. It’s more about handling the building process and unexpected hiccups. Being the researcher and reporting back. Giving an unbiased opinion. Being a buffer in a highly stressful situation.