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 - 12 hours online
$313,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,483
SQFT
3154 Rift Lane Lot 44
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Valleybrook Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$559,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,529
SQFT
4314 Brazelton Ct
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Marymont Springs Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$425,453
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,463
SQFT
912 Sapphire Drive lot 166
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,866
SQFT
Nightcap Lane ( Lot 178)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Hillwood Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$289,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,887
SQFT
3126 Rift Lane Lot 38
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Valleybrook Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$334,502
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,368
SQFT
909 Sapphire Drive lot 155
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$344,265
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,866
SQFT
3611 Waterlilly Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Spring Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 19 hours online
$351,348
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,582
SQFT
1285 Cotillion Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
South Haven Subdivision
New Listing - 19 hours online
$341,152
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,945
SQFT
1230 Cotillian Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
South Haven Subdivision
New Listing - 22 hours online
$430,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,625
SQFT
4011 Edmond Dr (lot 104)
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
The Maples Sec 3 Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,006
SQFT
3725 Willow Bay Lane #195
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Sheffield Park Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$348,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,707
SQFT
3721 Willow Bay Lane - Lot 196
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Sheffield Park Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$336,680
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,707
SQFT
3717 Willow Bay Lane - Lot 197
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Sheffield Park Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$325,846
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,151
SQFT
1234 Cotillion Drive (lot 466)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
South Haven Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$379,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,823
SQFT
3314 Chinoe Dr, lot 93
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Estates of Primm Springs Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$428,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,155
SQFT
3307 Chinoe Dr, lot 84
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Estates of Primm Springs Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$349,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,706
SQFT
1107 Sycamore Leaf Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Cascade Falls Sec 5 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$279,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,959
SQFT
617 Laurel Lane, Lot 224
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
Colonial Estates Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$361,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,245
SQFT
425 Nightcap Lane ( Lot 171)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Hillwood Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,070
SQFT
441 Nightcap Lane ( Lot 175)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Hillwood Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$315,423
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,070
SQFT
452 Nightcap Lane ( Lot 154)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Hillwood Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$345,740
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,006
SQFT
3212 Calendula Way ( Lot 138)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Hillwood Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$337,124
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,866
SQFT
445 Nightcap Lane (Lot 176)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Hillwood Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$439,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,181
SQFT
1729 North Side Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
North Side Estates Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$449,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,264
SQFT
1725 North Side Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
North Side Estates At Lasc Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$484,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,006
SQFT
1303 Batbriar Rd (57)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
SOUTH HAVEN Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$264,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,947
SQFT
2927 Bluestem Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Three Rivers Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$325,050
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,503
SQFT
3216 Calendula Way ( Lot 137)
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Hillwood Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$242,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,014
SQFT
1213 Frisco Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Easy Main Village Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$242,900
Condominium For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,014
SQFT
1210 East Vine Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
East Main Village Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$299,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,718
SQFT
2963 Bluestem Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Three Rivers Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$339,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,832
SQFT
322 William Dylan Dr- Lot 51
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Griffith Park Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$375,400
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,694
SQFT
834 Stovers Glen Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Stovers Glen Sec 1 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$299,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,423
SQFT
2911 Bluestem Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Three Rivers Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$378,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,075
SQFT
34 Burrows Avenue OXF 34
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Blackman Meadows Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$305,425
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,233
SQFT
2936 Bluestem Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Three Rivers Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$367,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,711
SQFT
45 Burrows Avenue LYR 45
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Blackman Meadows Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$203,110
Condominium For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,404
SQFT
3729 Selina Dr. #52 #52
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Villas at Indian Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$188,282
Condominium For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,203
SQFT
3727 Selina Dr. #51 #51
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Villas at Indian Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$203,110
Condominium For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,404
SQFT
3719 Selina Dr. #47 #47
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Villas at Indian Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$185,196
Condominium For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,203
SQFT
3710 Righteous Dr. #13 #13
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Villas at Indian Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$188,282
Condominium For Sale
Pending
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,203
SQFT
3725 Selina Dr. #50 #50
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Villas at Indian Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$200,383
Condominium For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,404
SQFT
3711 Selina Dr. #6 #6
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Villas at Indian Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$186,146
Condominium For Sale
Pending
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,203
SQFT
3705 Selina Dr. #9 #9
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Villas at Indian Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$185,796
Condominium For Sale
Pending
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,203
SQFT
3709 Selina Dr. #7 #7
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Villas at Indian Creek Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$465,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,441
SQFT
3107 Stephanie Ct
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Salem Creek Sec 7 Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$189,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,353
SQFT
2506 E Main St A3 #A3
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
N/A Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$369,960
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,706
SQFT
340 Rockcastle Dr
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Hampton Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$374,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,711
SQFT
925 Sapphire Drive- Lot 159L
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$384,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,711
SQFT
930 Covenant Blvd- Lot 175L
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$379,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,711
SQFT
918 Covenant Blvd- Lot 178L
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$384,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,075
SQFT
4955 Kirk Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$415,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,284
SQFT
715 Kirk Lane-Lot 183o
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$377,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,952
SQFT
4945 Kirk Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$373,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,711
SQFT
4935 Kirk Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$402,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,348
SQFT
4965 Kirk Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$362,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,305
SQFT
917 Covenant Blvd Lot 170C
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,952
SQFT
937 Sapphire Drive Lot 162P
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$365,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,305
SQFT
711 Kirk Lane Lot 182C
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$355,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,305
SQFT
727 Kirk Lane Lot 186C
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Brighton Park at Kingdom Subdivision

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

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