The Benefits of Working with a VWP OnSite Agent
Finding the right home is one of the biggest challenges for potential buyers today. Right now, the supply of homes for sale is still low. Current owners don’t want to sell and lose their premium interest rate – but there is a bright spot, and that might be Newly built homes. New construction makes up a larger percent of the total homes available for sale than normal. That’s why, if you’re craving more options, it makes sense to see if a newly built home is right for you.
But it’s important to remember the process of working with a builder is different than buying from a homeowner. And having a new construction agent is essential. Enter: our VWP OnSite Team. See, at VWP, we work with the builder, but our OnSite team goes to bat for you. We take the knowledge that comes with being attached a homesite for two years and use it to your advantage. If you work with a VWP agent, their sole priority is giving you superior representation throughout your homebuying journey.
“Keep in mind, normally, an on-site agent you meet at a new-construction office works for the builder. But at VWP, they act as your agent and use their connection with the builder to help you negotiate and stay protected in the transaction.”
Here’s how having a VWP agent is key when you build or buy a new construction home.
Our Agents Know the Local Area and Market
It’s important to consider how the neighborhood and surrounding area may evolve before making your home purchase. Our agents are well-versed in the communities and developments that could influence your decision. In fact, we know more than anyone else. Not only do we understand what’s currently on the market, but we know what’s around the corner. Just at VWP, we have over 500 homes set to come on the market in the next two years.
That’s 500 opportunities for you to look at a home before anyone else. And our knowledge isn’t limited to only our listings – we are Seattle’s industry experts. From site plans and construction features to land use codes and comp analysis – there is not better option than VWP.
Knowledge of Construction Quality and Builder Reputation
In full transparency, we do work with the builder – but that’s only half the story! We also have two listing agents – why? So that one can represent you. And not just another agent, an expert in the construction quality and reputation of the builder. Our agents have been there from the beginning – from when the first shovel hit the ground! So, now you have insights into the builders track record, past projects, customer satisfaction, and construction practices. Armed with this information, you can choose a home with confidence and get an inside track on negotiations.
Assistance with Customization and Upgrades
One of the benefits of opting for new home construction, especially during a presale, is the opportunity to customize your home. Our On-Site agents will guide you through that process and share advice on the upgrades that are most likely to add long-term value to your home. Their expertise helps make sure you focus your budget on areas that will give you the greatest return on your investment later.
Understanding Builder Negotiations and Contracts
When it comes to working with builders, having a skilled negotiator on your side can make all the difference. Builder contracts can be complex. Our agents can help you navigate these contracts because we helped write them. No one better to make sure you fully understand the terms and conditions than the author. Plus, our agents are skilled negotiators, and get legg-up with builders since there is a pre-established relationship. This means when we advocate for you we increase your potential for securing better deals, upgrades, or incentives throughout the process.
“When my clients give me an offer, I don’t just email it to the builder; I walk in and drop it on their desk. Whose do you think they will look at first? The one some random agent sent to their sales inbox or the one I’m holding in front of the CEO’s face?” – VWP OnSite Agent