I’m going to toot my own horn here for a minute. I was at the final walk-through of a newly constructed home by CalAtlantic Homes. The builder, Michael (great name huh?) did a great job at the pre-final going through the home’s appliances, features, construction methods, etc. etc. I made a comment here and there where I thought it might be helpful, but for the most part stayed quiet. I didn’t want to break his chain of thought and make him forget some piece of information he wanted to share.
At this final walk-through, we were basically going over things identified in the pre-final, such as a loose toilet seat, some paint touch-up, etc. At the end, Michael looked at my client and said “You know, I want to tell you that you have a great agent. Most of the time, I never see the agents at all.”
While this was a nice compliment, it was also somewhat of an indictment of our industry. There are a TON of great agents out here, but there are also a bunch of brand new people and part-time people who are not providing their clients with service.
It doesn’t always work out, because sometimes builders don’t want me there or don’t communicate with me, but my goal is to always be at the footing inspection, framing inspection, drywall inspection, pre-final and final inspections. I always make the last two because my clients are there and I know the schedule.
If you’re considering buying a new construction home, you definitely need representation. The builder contracts are written by their attorneys to benefit them. While you can rarely modify these contracts, it’s important to know what they say and what the risks might be. For instance, a lot of them give two YEARS for the home to be completed. Now, that’s not likely to happen, but you still need to know about the potential risk.