Should I Work With a Buyer’s Agent or a Builder?

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An unrepresented buyer is often disadvantaged in the real estate transaction process if they are not using an experienced real estate professional. It could be compared to going to represent yourself in a court case worth hundreds of thousands of dollars… and not bringing a lawyer to the table. Realtors are licensed and trained specifically to handle the many types of issues which can arise in the home buying process. 

All REALTORS® must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice are promises from a REALTOR® to the public that they can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters when dealing with a real estate agent who is also a REALTOR®. Only REALTORS® pledge to abide by the Code of Ethics, and only REALTORS® are held accountable for their ethical behavior.

Many home buyers simply drive up to a new subdivision and negotiate directly with a builder. Here are several reasons why you shouldn’t.

A buyer’s agent represents the buyer’s best interest and helps guide a buyer through every step of the transaction with the least degree of hassle and frustration. A buyer’s agent’s only goal is to get the buyer the most value for the least money. Their purpose isn’t to just drive you around to look at properties (though they do, of course!): their real value comes a little later in the process, during negotiating and working through the legal and safety issues.

Buyer Representation

Always remember one thing: the builder representative is a salesperson to the builder, and is there primarily to represent the builder’s interest in the transaction. They may look and sound like a real estate agent there to help you: but their loyalty is to the builder.

When a buyer deals directly with the builder’s representative and not a buyer’s agent (and therefore saving the builder the cost of a buyer’s agent), you are essentially paying the builder to not represent your interests. Real estate agents are licensed professionals bound by law and strict professional ethics and policies to work for the individual who signs with them.

In essence: would you rather have a builder to represent their own interests, or a buyer’s agent REALTOR® to represent yours?

Negotiation Assistance

Buyer negotiations without an agent are simply not effective. There are some incentives that are customary and typical with new construction homes. A Realtor will assist in financing, writing the offer, inspections, warranties, appraisals, titles, surveys, closing cost items and many others.

A buyer’s agent REALTOR® handles ALL of these concerns, asking the questions a buyer working alone with a builder might not know to ask, and ensures that their client gets the best items for the least cost.

New Construction Inspections

If you are working with a buyer’s agent, they will generally always insist on and manage inspections. Why?

Most new construction properties have a number of new home defects which can dramatically impact livability and resale value. Builder representatives are rarely likely to insist on or to manage proper third party inspections. Having a buyer’s agent on-hand to manage this part of the process alone can save new home buyers as much as the cost of an agent’s commission, and completely justifies a buyer’s agent involvement in the transaction.

Buyers are often under the mistaken assumption that a home warranty will take care of all these issues.

Buyer Agent Cost

The buyer’s agent commission is paid for by the builder automatically and the builder’s have already incorporated this fee in to the cost of the home. Why not take advantage of the free representation that is already paid for on their behalf.

New Listing - 5 hours online
$674,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,528
SQFT
4743 Tritschler Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park At Kingdon R Subdivision
New Listing - 5 hours online
$749,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,941
SQFT
914 Proprietors Pl
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
The Preserve Subdivision
New Listing - 5 hours online
$569,552
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,649
SQFT
5051 Bridgemore Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Shelton Square Subdivision
New Listing - 5 hours online
$887,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,129
SQFT
910 Proprietors Pl
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
The Preserve Subdivision
New Listing - 5 hours online
$597,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,355
SQFT
5612 Willoughby Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Shelton Square Subdivision
New Listing - 5 hours online
$616,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,612
SQFT
1425 Proprietors Pl
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
South Haven Sec 6 Subdivision
New Listing - 22 hours online
$674,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,094
SQFT
1616 Gingerwood Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Blackman Meadows Sec 5 Ph Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$417,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,729
SQFT
2610 Leawood Ave
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Three Rivers Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$539,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,231
SQFT
1517 Shalom St
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Parkside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$379,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,729
SQFT
1 Camrose Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Three Rivers Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$492,115
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,282
SQFT
3514 Plum Leaf Pl (Lot 89)
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Mankin Pointe Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$625,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,945
SQFT
3702 Magpie Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Sheffield Park Sec 6 Ph 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$389,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,935
SQFT
2905 Suzanne Landon Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
The Villas At Regal Square Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$379,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,935
SQFT
2845 Suzanne Landon Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
The Villas At Regal Square Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$475,768
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,556
SQFT
2530 Stonecenter Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Stonebridge Townhomes Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$689,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,930
SQFT
1545 Shalom St
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Parkside At Hidden River Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$479,990
Land For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,279
SQFT
2415 Laurelstone Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Laurelstone Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$466,990
Land For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,143
SQFT
2417 Laurelstone Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Laurelstone Subdivision
Open House Sun, Aug 21, 6 PM UTC
$588,340
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,021
SQFT
93 Anthony Ave
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Kingsbury Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$375,041
Land For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,542
SQFT
2340 Laurelstone Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Laurelstone Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$459,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,491
SQFT
1118 Javelin Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Brookwood Point Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$749,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,002
SQFT
2613 Holly Springs Dr.
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
The Springs Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$339,900
Land For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,403
SQFT
1780 Frodo Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Blackman Station Townhomes Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$649,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,805
SQFT
1247 Proprietors Pl
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
South Haven Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$547,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,289
SQFT
2359 Irby Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Cooper Kyle Subdivision
Open House Sat, Aug 20, 4 PM UTC
$599,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,432
SQFT
5040 Bridgemore Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Shelton Square Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$505,722
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,581
SQFT
3419 Plum Leaf Pl (Lot 102)
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Mankin Pointe Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$719,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,640
SQFT
2810 Bertram Ct
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Wynthrope Hall Sec 6 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$829,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,511
SQFT
7003 Pembrooke Farms Dr.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Pembrooke Farms Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$664,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,858
SQFT
2807 Ellla Louise Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
North Side Estates Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$475,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
137 Madrid Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Kingsbury Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$507,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,474
SQFT
154 Anthony Ave
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Kingsbury Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$629,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,527
SQFT
2222 Rockweather Drive Lot 250
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Marymont Springs Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$535,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,247
SQFT
1207 Leaf Ave
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Greenland Drive S D Subdivision
Open House Sun, Aug 21, 7 PM UTC
$769,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,141
SQFT
5711 Willoughby Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Shelton Square Sec 2 Ph 2 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$637,984
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,021
SQFT
5209 Pointer Place
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Shelton Square Subdivision
Open House Sat, Aug 20, 3 PM UTC
$449,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,942
SQFT
88 Camrose Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Three Rivers Subdivision
Open House Sat, Aug 20, 4 PM UTC
$488,538
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,094
SQFT
133 Rockledge Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Kingsbury Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$499,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,564
SQFT
310 William Dylan Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Griffith Park Sec 2 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,327
SQFT
2363 Irby Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Cooper Kyle Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$389,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,935
SQFT
2843 Suzanne Landon Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
The Villas At Regal Square Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$724,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,405
SQFT
4108 Merryman Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
The Maples Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$434,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,992
SQFT
5624 Maples Retreat Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Maples Retreat Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$509,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,309
SQFT
1128 General Marshall Ct
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Liberty Valley Subdivision
Open House Fri, Aug 19, 5 PM UTC
$582,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,021
SQFT
101 Rockledge Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Kingsbury Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$529,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,269
SQFT
3626 Jacaranda Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Pretoria Falls Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$369,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,691
SQFT
4509 Sardius Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Victory Station Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$434,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,026
SQFT
5630 Maples Retreat Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Maples Retreat Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$459,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,300
SQFT
5626 Maples Retreat Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Maples Retreat Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$551,725
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,579
SQFT
2337 Sachi Court
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Rivers Edge Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$719,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,924
SQFT
7050 Virgil Ct
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
The Estates of Stewart Cre Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$784,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,489
SQFT
4309 Peacemill Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
The Reserve At Marymont Sp Subdivision
Open House Wed, Aug 17, 4 PM UTC
$349,800
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,711
SQFT
163 Jackson Alan Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
The Villas At Regal Square Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$556,115
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,579
SQFT
2332 Sachi Court
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Rivers Edge Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$459,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,300
SQFT
5628 Maples Retreat Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Maples Retreat Subdivision
Open House Fri, Aug 19, 6 PM UTC
$429,800
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,944
SQFT
404 Waterloo Court (Lot 224)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Davenport Station Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$530,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,945
SQFT
1245 Cotillion Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
South Haven Sec 5 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$424,990
Land For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,107
SQFT
2414 Laurelstone Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Laurelstone Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$442,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,740
SQFT
3638 Capstone Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Kimbro Woods Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$426,990
Land For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,922
SQFT
2404 Laurelstone Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Laurelstone Subdivision

Should I Work With a Buyer’s Agent or a Builder?

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