When buying or selling a resale home, most people hire a real estate agent to guide them through the process. When building a new home, however, most people go directly to the builder because they don’t realize they can use an agent. Did you know the cost of building a new home is the same whether or not you use a real estate agent? That’s right. The builder will pay your agent’s commission and it does not impact the cost of your new construction home.
You might be wondering why someone would hire an agent when building a new home. First and foremost, an agent can help you navigate the process and advocate on your behalf. They walk you through the process and keep track of meetings and deadlines to alleviate some of the stress. A real estate agent with new construction experience can be a valuable asset when trying to stay within a budget. The base home price is only part of the equation. A good agent can help estimate the all-in cost once lot premiums, upgrades, appliances, landscaping and window coverings are factored in. They can also assist you with finish selections and help determine which upgrades are worth doing. Take a look at this video to better understand the new build process.
Once construction begins, an agent provides an extra set of eyes on the property. Many homebuyers don’t realize that new construction is rarely perfect. Third party inspections can help identify issues that could lead to costly problems down the road. Identifying issues early allows the builder to make corrections before construction is too far along. An agent will let you know what 3rd party inspections are available throughout the building process.
At Focus Real Estate, our agents like to provide new build clients with a free 3D tour of their home before the drywall goes up. This can be a great reference tool. It allows clients to see where plumbing, electrical and HVAC run throughout the home which is helpful when mounting TVs, hanging artwork or installing cabinets and shelving. A 3D tour can also help identify and resolve future issues like water leaks or plan renovations.
If you have a home to sell before closing on your new build home, an agent will not only help list your current home, but they will plan and coordinate a listing timeline that could prevent a double move. Closing on the sale of your current home and securing a leaseback for a short period of time can avoid the need for interim housing until you close on your new home. At Focus Real Estate, if we have the pleasure of helping you build your new home, we’re happy to discount our listing fee on the sale of your current home.
For more information about how an agent can assist with a new construction home, take a look at this video:
Get answers to other common questions about buying and selling homes here. And, as always, feel free to call/text/email me or another Focus Real Estate agent anytime. We’re happy to answer questions and discuss your real estate needs.
Now, onto this week’s real estate update:
5805 Beeler St – A never lived in Wonderland townhome.
This ranch-style end-unit was used as a model home and features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and almost 2,500 finished square feet. The open floor plan is highlighted with vaulted ceilings, tons of windows and a huge slider off the dining space. White kitchen cabinets and granite countertops are accented by unique metallic backsplash.
Vaulted ceilings carry into the 2 main-floor bedrooms, one of which is a master suite that includes a 5 piece bath with oversized, frameless glass-enclosed shower and walk-in closet. The finished basement is where you’ll find the 3rd bedroom and bathroom along with a rec room, perfect for movie watching or family game night. Convenience abounds with a built-in desk off the kitchen, a main floor laundry room, and an attached 2 car garage. Enjoy sunrise from the spacious front porch or take in the mountain views and Colorado sunsets from the covered patio and side yard. Listed for $599,000 by the Colorado Dream House Team of Keller Williams DTC. Open House 2:00pm-5:00pm Friday, February 28th.
9960 E 59th Drive is a David Weekley Mount Powell floor plan built in 2019.
This two-story single family home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and over 2,800 total square feet. A front porch and private office greet you while the open kitchen, dining and living space entice you to relax and stay a while. The kitchen features custom cabinets and lighting, large center island, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and decorative open shelving on either side of the range hood. A cozy fireplace with chevron marble tile surround is the focal point of the living room.
Upstairs you’ll find the laundry room and 3 bedrooms including the master with mountain views and a beautiful ensuite bath showcasing a large walk-in shower and stylish wall-mounted sink faucets.
The finished basement includes a large rec room, 4th bedroom and another bathroom with custom bathtub. A sizable front porch and oversized side yard with patio and privacy fence provide outdoor enjoyment. A mudroom offers a convenient transition to the attached 2 car garage that has been prewired for an electric car charging station. Listed by Silvia Snape and Jim Weichselbaum of RE/MAX 100 Inc for $719,900. Open House 11:00am-2:00pm Saturday, February 29th.
11245 E 25th Ave is now being offered at $405,000 and will be open 1:00pm-3:00pm Saturday, February 29th
5222 Boston St is now being offered at $900,000 and will be open 1:00pm-3:00pm Saturday, February 29th
We saw 21 homes, ranging in price from $242,000 to $1,100,000, go under contract this week in Stapleton. With an average of 12 days on market (median of 8), these listings continue to suggest that home inventory is moving fast. If you see a property you love, don’t wait to act on it.
12 homes sold in Stapleton this week at about 100% of the original list price.
Thinking about selling your home or need more information about how to purchase a new build? As always, if you’re looking for a Stapleton-based agent (and neighbor) to help you find your perfect home – the team at Focus Real Estate is here to help! I would love to chat and my contact information can be found below.
Our Friday real estate updates are meant to be a “roundup” type post where we discuss all listings in Stapleton, not just our own. It’s our way of making sure we follow the market closely and we share it with the Scoop readers because we know many of you like to track real estate in the area as well. Many of the listings in these posts are not our company’s listings and we wanted to mention that here to make sure it’s clear. Thanks for reading the Scoop!