If you’ve ever been out touring new construction, then you already know that typically the builder’s agent is there to help sell the homes. They’ll probably say you get a deal if you work with them (sometimes this isn’t even true!), there’s a 1-year warranty, etc. …and this whole scenario is pretty common.
But who does that agent REALLY work for?
Of course, they work for the builder, who is paying their commission. If one person (the builder) is giving them all of their business, are they really going to pick the builder’s house apart and tell them what’s wrong with it? Our guess is no! While the agent will technically still have duties to you, the buyer, they’ll still ultimately side with the builder is most cases.
It is possible that you’ll work with a builder’s agent and everything will go perfectly. But do keep in mind that the builder’s agent is not 100% on the side of the client (no matter what they tell you).
As for us, we don’t work for the builders; we work for our clients. If it’s in our clients’ interest to go after a builder like a bulldog, we will! It’s always better to have an agent who isn’t invested in the builder and doesn’t rely on them to make a living.
That being said, if you want to buy new construction, how do you know who to work with? Make sure your real estate agent is doing these 4 important things.