Want the Best Price on New Construction? Bring Your Personal Santa Cruz Real Estate Agent

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 1:11pm.

Even with all the homes up for sale, some people just have to have new construction.  It’s clean, it’s new and nobody else has lived in it.  Understandable, but a word to the wise - if you go for a newly constructed home, bring your Santa Cruz real estate agent.

Why?  Isn’t there a site agent on hand to help you?  Well, yes… and no.  Here are a few good reasons why a personal agent, or buyer’s agent, is a good idea:

Conflict of Interests

While the builder has an agent on site, that agent is not working in your best interests.  Consider, if the site agent got a better deal for you (which takes money out of the builder’s hands), would they still have a job?  No.  However, your own agent is there to make sure you get a good deal.  End of story.

Being Informed

A builder’s agent doesn’t have to tell you about the negatives of a deal.  They’ll push the positives and even sometimes use high-pressure tactics to get you to sign the contract.  Having your own Santa Cruz real estate agent is having a professional you know is on your side.  It’s knowing the drawbacks of the transaction as well as the positives.


Agents get around; they go everywhere.  As a result, they tend to gather a lot of professional contacts and information.  If you’re choosing a builder with a bad reputation, your agent might have heard about it.  Your agent will have contacts to good home inspectors to go through the house when it’s finished.  Your agent will know if the builder’s lender is reputable, and if not, your agent will be able to recommend a highly regarded lender to you.  In short, your Santa Cruz real estate agent is a rolodex of home buying and selling resources.

If you’re looking at new construction and need a personal real estate agent, I can help.  Call me today at 831.662.6522 or email me at lauren@laurenspencer.com for more information.



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About Lauren Spencer

Award-Winning Santa Cruz REALTOR®

Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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