Don't worry, many people do it. They see the millions of new construction signs along the road, are enticed by the price and bright colors and think, I'll just stop in and check it out.
STOP RIGHT THERE! I am sure you have a trusted real estate agent that you used to purchase your current home, or sell your last (if they did a good job anyway! :) ). When you go into check out a new construction home without your agent registering you, often times they refuse to pay your agent if you then want them to help you putting an offer on the property.
Regardless of payment, a bigger concern is REPRESENTATION! When you go in and look at the model home and talk to the sales agent working there people often forget that they already have a client, and it is NOT you! The sales agent represents the builder. Which means, they have to treat you honestly, fairly etc according to MD agency laws, but the are looking out for the builders interests, not yours!
You may think that new construction is something that you just go order, fill out the paperwork and you do not need another agent. However, quite to the contrary. Most people forget that many things in life are negotiable!
Do not forget your agent when you even THINK about looking at new construction. They may help you negotiate some cheaper options, or a better lot, or upgraded carpet, or an additional bump out, or a deck into the contract. There are many reasons to bring your own agent to look at new construction from negotiating price, options, lots to making sure that you have your own representation.
It always boggles my mind that people do not use a buyer agent and just deal with the listing agent. As long as the seller is offering commission to the buyer agent (who would look out solely for your interests) they cost you nothing!
Free representation means there is no reason to not have it! :) Just another friendly tip from your local real estate company, Caprika Realty. More questions? Want references from past new construction clients? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website www.GreatMarylandLiving.com thanks for reading! :)