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I had an interesting call the other day from a Realtor who had a client he wanted to register with the builder I rep. He told me how they have been looking at existing homes and finally came to the conclusion that they need to consider building to get exactly what they want. I told him I would fax over the registration. As we continued to talk, he told me how he had convinced them to consider building. He said, “I told them building is much more costly than buying existing, but they will get what they want.” WHOA! Wait just a minute! I quickly switched into my teaching mode to help this misinformed agent about why building it NOT necessarily more expensive than buying an existing home in the grand scheme of things.
I pointed out to him that while a new build may cost more up front, his clients don’t have to make repairs and fix things that usually have to be done in 5-7 years of buying an exisiting home. A new roof, new furnace, new carpets . . . these are all costly items that most home buyers want/need to replace in the first few years of owning an existing home.
Building a new home allows your clients to chose (and pay for) exatly what they want. They are not paying for the things that were someone else’s dreams and necessities. Your client may not need that wet bar in the basement. Why pay for it?
Building a new home is a better value in the long run. Your clients can choose exactly what they want. If she loves granite counter tops, she can have them. If the existing home she is looking at doesn’t have granite, she will either have to settle for what is there or she is looking at a costly replacement. In a new build, they don’t have to replace anything before or shortly after they move in. If there are any problems, they will have warranties for replacements, and they always have the builder who they call with any questions or concerns. Who do they call for problems in an existing home? Their Realtor?
Here are some of the benefits of building a new home:
Low maintenance costs
New homes come with everything new, which means fewer repairs on items and on the structure!
New homes come with warranties to cover most structural problems, not to mention the warranties that come with any new appliances and features in a new home. Most existing homes don’t have any warranties, which can lead to costly repairs and replacements to a new home owner.
Plus, with a builder, they are just a phone call or e-mail away if you have any questions or emergencies. Check with your builder, but most offer a one-year walk-through.
New home usually include appliances, central air and heating systems, more electrical outlets and conveniently placed cable and phone jacks.
New homes consume half as much energy as home built before 1990. This benefits our environment, your health, and your wallet.
Better heating systems, built-in smoke detectors, and better wiring all decrease the chance of fire. Plus, some older homes may not have been built with egress windows and other features that are mandatory today.
On average, a new home built has approximately 700 square feet of living space more than a house built 20 years ago. More windows, closet space, bigger garages, larger kitchens and bathrooms are some of the benefits we see with the extra space.
Spacious floor plans
New home owners can take advantage of the open floor plans that are available and choose carpets, paint, landscaping, fixtures, etc.
You can choose the land and community that is most appealing.
New homes have a longer life, higher appraisal and better resale than older homes.
I think many agents are nervous about recommending a new home. Lack of knowledge about the building process intimidates many agents into not offering a new build as a viable option. I have seen many agents come through our homes and I can tell they are uncomfortable. There are some great classes offered through the Realtor associations. And as an agent ask questions! I am always glad to help another agent understand the process, that is what I there for. You could potentially be losing clients by not offering all that is available.
I had a previous post regarding photography, the do’s and don’ts. Now I am here to really focus on some personal pet peeves: grammar and spelling. I just read a listing by an agent and it made my skin crawl. I will put a few of the whoppers here:
“From the exterior and color coordinated siding enhanced by the lighting selected to make this home special for you!” << What?
“To your left & right is the parlor & dinning room,” <<I guess I was absent in class the day they discussed the dinning room. I only learned about dining rooms.
“Covered in solid surface counter tops with stainless steel appliance. ” <<I’m not quite sure what is covered in solid surface. Too bad only one appliance is included.
“For breakfast, lunch or diner there plenty of room for everyone to dine in sun room. ” << Once again, What? And there is a diner in there?
“. . . and a over sized walk in master closets.” << No comment.
“ . . .leads directly to the first floor laundry & onto the kitchen.” <<I guess there must be some kind of landing on top of the kitchen?
“Each bedroom has their own bathroom sink & an inter connecting private bathroom” << I’m glad each bedroom has their own bathroom sink. Bedrooms appreciate a sink. I’m not even sure what an inter connecting private bathroom is. I guess it is better than a public bathroom.
“Truly this home was designed for you & the years to come.” <<Truly. I hope the years appreciate it.
Oh, I love this one, “Up your oak stair case . . .” << Up yours too, buddy.
Ouch! Between the grammatical errors, the spelling mistakes and the poor wording, this makes my head spin. All of these phrases were taken from ONE listing and the kicker: it is for a $550,000 house.
If you aren’t a writer, please, please, please, have someone write for you, or at least have someone proof it.
So if you see spelling errors or poor grammar in any of my posts, feel free to point them out to me!