Why Use a Realtor When Purchasing a New Home From a Home Builder?

Negotiating with a Home Builder

A dirt construction is a home built from the ground up

An inventory home is a home that is already built and ready to be moved into immediately.

The ability to negotiate on your new home is going to be highly dependent on three variables:

o What type of home you are buying: dirt or inventory
o The current amount of inventory of available plans
o Your local market conditions

It is most important to remember that you are negotiating with the builder’s profit margin. Profit margin does not include a buyer’s real estate agent’s commission. This commission is already factored into the base price of the home, and will not be negotiable. The builder’s profit margin is not at risk when a home has not been constructed yet in such cases as ‘dirt’ deals. Inventory purchases, however, are at a much more likelihood of being negotiable as Dallas new home builders do not like to have inventory sitting in the subdivision, plus they will have to begin paying interest and property taxes on property they hold in their inventory.

Dormant inventory is bad for business. It gives a negative impression to visitors in the neighborhood, and is also very costly to maintain by the builders themselves while touring these homes with prospective buyers. This is why a builder’s negotiability is higher in inventory homes; they simply want to get rid of them as soon as possible.

It is important to scout neighboring subdivisions and learn the incentives and promotions each is having and use this information to your advantage. If you are using the services of Dallas real estate agents in your purchase, which you should (it is free, after all), Realtors will be happy to do this for you.

Don’t expect for a hard negotiation to take place. Usually, the best weapon in negotiating new home sales is simply to walk out and return at a later time. This strategy will be sabotaged if you have not gotten financially approved prior to visiting new home builders. You want to give the impression to the sales representative that you are ready to purchase that day. Otherwise, you leave the salesperson open to speculate on whether or not the ‘deal’ he is cutting you is really worth the time and effort. If the salesperson feels that your transaction will be very smooth, then a Realtor should have no problem negotiating your sales price down to a reasonable amount.

In the end, a real estate agent’s perspective on your transaction is invaluable in your real estate transaction.

Why a Real Estate Agent’s Assistance Helps

When you purchase a home you are probably making one of the most important investments in your life. It is important to make sure you make the most informed, intelligent decisions possible in regards to the details of your next home. Many times, this can be clouded by an emotional attachment to a home, which believe it or not, can be created instantaneously.

Have you ever walked into a home, and said the words, “Wow, I love it!” This could be referenced as an emotional attachment. You are now subconsciously wanting this home, and are usually (as long as your finances provide) willing to do whatever it takes to make your family have the same enjoyable experience as you did when walking into a lovely model home. In a Realtor’s experience, these emotional attachments cloud the mind, and usually make you make emotional decisions rather than logical ones. In real estate, this is really a bad idea.

Realtors in Dallas and Other Cities Can Help!

Realtors can guide you to finding the perfect home just for you. By using a process that is very intentional and proactive, Realtors are able to fine tune their searches in the Dallas MLS or other MLS to enable us to find the home most suited to your needs.

Once you’ve found the home of your dreams, let someone that ISN’T emotionally attached do the negotiating. In a Realtor’s experience, they will be able to get better results from a new home builder salesperson negotiation session than you, by yourself, and un-armed. Dallas real estate agents, on the other hand, come fully prepared with neighborhood selling trends and statistics, an un-emotional and un-attached attitude, and the ability to walk-away. Do yourself a favor and take use of this free service!

Did You Just Say ‘FREE’?

Absolutely! The costs of the services that Dallas Realtors provide are gladly paid for you by the builder of the home you purchase. They are ‘gladly’ paid because they brought the builder a buyer for their home and helped keep the transaction smooth and stress-free; it is as simple as that. Without Dallas real estate agents, many builders cut a very important source of business to their communities.

In fact, many Dallas new home builders embrace the service of Realtors.

With such a large transaction you are thinking about doing, it is always wise to consult with a qualified professional to make sure that all your bases are covered. Remember: Using the services of a real estate agent is free when buying a new or used home. What do you have to lose?

Everything A Real Estate Agent Doesn’t Want A Home Seller To Know! Part-1

Are you thinking about selling your home this spring? If you are it may pay dividends to stop and think about some of the issues confronting you as a home seller. Do you plan to sell for sale by owner or list your home with a real estate company? Did you know you could do both at the same time? Not many people know that…

If you are planning on retaining the services of a real estate agent then caution is the key word. Keep in mind that selling your home is a BIG business deal and you want the best real estate agent you can find representing your project. Finding a professional real estate agent can be a difficult task if you don’t know the basics questions to ask. Many agents are part-timers with one toe in the tub and they just can’t represent a homeowner as well as a full-time agent. Beyond this, you have to ask yourself (and the agent) how much business experience do they have? Do they have a business degree? What is their background in marketing and sales? Are they full time or part time? How many homes have they personally sold? When you retain the services of a real estate agent to sell your home you are the employer and you have the right to ask these types of question. You will be paying a real estate agent a HEFTY commission for selling your home IF it sells. Your job is to ask the right questions to select an agent that will get the job done in a professional manner.

One of the main things you want to avoid as a home seller is entering into long-term listing contracts with any real estate agent or company. Keep the listing contracts limited to 90 days at a time so that you can review the performance of the agent and their company. Among the things you want to negotiate when you are listing your home and have it show on the listing contract as a legal (addendum or attachment) is an itemized marketing plan indicating the exact marketing activities that will be used to sell your home. You want to see a marketing plan that itemizes where and when your home will be advertised, how many open houses will occur, when those open houses will take place and how they will be conducted. You want specifics about the advertising campaign around the selling of your home. Many agents will list a home and basically home a new agent spins their wheels to sell for them. The old saying among real estate agents is “if you don’t list, you don’t last”. What this means basically is an agent will do and say almost anything to get a listing agreement from a seller. Then, they throw the house into the MLS (multiple listing service), cross their fingers and hope another agent finds a buyer for your property. Most sellers don’t know the listing agent and their company will get the bulk of the commission whether they actually sell the home or not. Seasoned agents often list and let the new agents drive the tires off their car showing property-the key to success for real estate agents really lies in getting listing contracts, not necessarily selling those listing. Want some advice? Stay tuned to these articles because there is more to come and get your copy of the report offered below before you run off and sign that legally binding listing contract–it will help you cover your basic legal and financial interests.

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James W. Hart, IV

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Sellers – How Realtor’s Market Your Home to Other Realtors

Many first-time sellers believe the most important marketing tools a realtor can use when selling their property are yard signs and other visible online and print ads geared to the buying public. Although this is obviously important, a lesser known marketing tool that professional realtor’s use is marketing to other agents. The reality is that once a home listing is placed on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), one of the most important marketing tools a realtor can utilize is the relationships he or she has with fellow agents in his office or with other agents within the community.

Depending on which office a realtor works for (whether it is a large office with a nationally known name or a private business) when your house is newly on the market, it is usually customary practice that the company will stage an “office preview” where every agent in the office will walk through and tour your home. This is important because for each agent who tours your home, they might be the one who has the potential client that may be looking for just the style, location and price your house has to offer.

Professional agents who represent the buyer usually are keen on what their clients’ needs and wants in a home are and thus will immediately contact their clients as well as the listing agent.

The buyer’s agent will usually approach or call your listing agent and ask the terms and details of the sale, including the compensation. If the transaction seems probable, most buyer’s agents will hustle to have their clients tour your home to see if it is a potential match and in turn they will beat out their competition at making an offer. Many homes are sold in just this way, often even before a yard sale sign goes up!

Although the seller is in effect, paying the commission of both agents, the financial incentive is also important to the buyer’s agent. Usually there are almost always two agents involved in every sale, they split the commission according to the listing agent’s instructions agreed upon on the original listing contract between the homeowner and the listing agent. For illustration purposes, the agent who has listed your home is usually referred to as the listing agent and the other agent representing the buyer is the buyer’s agent. If you are able to convince your listing agent to drop his commission, it doesn’t guarantee that the buyer’s agent will be too amenable to the idea if he or she is expected to lower his or her commission as well.

Since agents are paid on commission only, the fact is you won’t find as many agents willing to show your house – they’ll be showing houses to their clients that offer the customary commission to the buyer’s agent especially in a buyer’s market. While an agent’s commission is currently a raging point of contention in the news media, what many consumers are not aware of are the challenges in selling a home in a buyer’s market as well as in a state that has stringent regulations and aggressive (i.e.cutthroat) competition such as in California. In addition, most homeowners do not know that not only do a buyer’s agent and a listing agent split that “hefty” commission with each other, they also must split it with their broker or office depending on their individual sales production. Furthermore, since real estate agents are independent contractors, they must split that commission with the IRS who, depending on their individual tax bracket, can take a 45% bite out of their commission check. This fact alone might shed some light on why a professional buyer’s agent is very likely to be unhappy with a reduced commission and be less than motivated to show your house to his or her clients.

As for your listing agent, it is this combination of a professional agent’s ability to market to his or her’s peer-to-peer relationships coupled with his or her’s own knowledge, skill and professionalism that can make a huge difference in the final sale of your home. Depending on the agent’s negotiating skills and productivity, over time a professional listing agent develops an ability to negotiate well with other agents representing potential buyers– even those agents that may be new in the business and may not know all the ropes. Furthermore, it’s the agent’s ability to sell even in a buyer’s market that proves his or her sales skills and merit. These are all subtle sales skills that will ultimately contribute to a smooth transaction and the successful sale of your home.