Buying new construction

There’s a lot of new construction going on in Baton Rouge these days and here’s a link to some of my favorites.

Many people are attracted to new homes and with good reason:  they tend to reflect today’s architectural styles and home design trends and they’re “new!” The structure and systems should last a long time before repairs are needed.  But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t important factors to take into consideration when buying a new home or that you don’t need your own agent to help you with the purchase.

Here are just some of the things I do for you when considering the purchase of a new home:

  • Show you new homes from multiple builders, not just one.
  • Help you to compare the pros and cons of new construction vs. existing homes.
  • Look out for your interests.  Builders and their representative do not represent you.
  • Make sure you see the full range of new and existing homes on the market.  Builders are not obligated to show you every home they have for sale.
  • Describe the workings of the building process, how it works, and what can go wrong so that you know what to expect.
  • Help you understand how building schedules affect your financial obligations in the construction process.
  • Help you set through information and speed up decision making so you don’t lose out on opportunities.
  • Review the builder’s constract with you, alert you when the builder’s deal seems one-sided, and advise when legal counsel is needed.
  • Help you plan your move-in and timing for selling your existing home.
  • Alert you to considerations that may not be provided for at closing, including title insurance and protection against mechanic’s liens.
  • Track the flow of money through escrow accounts.
  • Obtain public subdivision reports on any subdivision you are interested in so you can be more fully informed about specific data.
  • Help you research builders’ reputation and references.
  • Obtain environmental hazards disclosures from the builder as well as other disclosures, such as Megan’s law and wood destroying insects.
  • Provide referrals to lenders, title companies, and inspectors.
  • Follow-up on punch list items.