This is not an "anti-builder" rant nor "anti-new construction" either...
I saw an MLS entry that boasted about $68,000 dollars in builder upgrades! Did the buyer pay an additional $68,000 or was it the builder's sales representative that allowed the buyer to choose these sometimes overpriced "upgrades?" These builder upgrades are not discounted I am sure!
As a seller can you expect to get the full return on these upgrades? This is much as the question of whether or not to have that pool put in he backyard. My recommendation is install a pool if you are going to use it.
New construction builder options sound good in advertising but lets forget them as a resale "added value" enticement! Get the upgrades you are going to enjoy!
An important thing to understand is the difference between cookie cutter builders, custom and semi-custom builders!
If you are considering new construction, here is the best advice I can give you.
New construction is nice but you must negotiate the new construction deal just like a re-sale deal - with your own real estate agent!
As a buyer it costs you nothing to utilize the services of a real estate agent when you buy new from the builder - just remember to take your agent with you on your very first visit to the builder's model home!
If you are in the market for a new house or condo in Viera and Suntree Florida, please give me a call at 321-693-3850 or email me.
© Gary Waters, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida.