Kristin's Blog: Do I need a Realtor® when buying new construction in San Antonio?

Do I need a Realtor® when buying new construction in San Antonio?

Do I need a Realtor® when buying new construction in San Antonio?

This seems to be a popular question & I have heard it more frequently lately.  Let's break it down:

  1. That friendly model home sales person? WORKS FOR THE BUILDER, not you, representation is FREE & what's better than FREE in my book? NADA!
  2. A buyer's agent can give objective professional advice and insight during all phases of construction; contract, construction, walk-thru & closing.  Years ago I stopped doing my own taxes & leave it up to a professional, I do not want to get myself into a situation that could cost me thousands of dollars in the end, do you?
  3. Builders are not allowed to offer a reduction of price or an extra incentive by not using an agent, the friendly model home sales person (who again, works for the builder, NOT YOU!) get's a higher commission or it is worked into the builder's profits if you don't use a Realtor®.
  4. RE-SALE research an agent will do for you.  PERIOD.
  5. A huge PLUS is an agent who has built their own home, that personal experience goes VERY FAR.
  6.  Your agent can and will assist you with upgrades - which ones will give you the most bang for your buck, what they see in the area with comparable homes, how long you should hang onto that home if the builder is still building, etc. Think RE-SALE, RE-SALE, RE-SALE.  Even if you don't think you will be moving soon, YOU NEVER know right?
  7. When issues arise with the builder (and believe me they do!), your agent is your advocate & will fight for your rights. 


Not having a buyers agent can cost you more than money, it can cost you a ton of time, energy and frustration.   CAVEAT EMPTOR!

Kristin Moran

Specializing in San Antonio & surrounding cities
RE/MAX Access - Realtor®/Owner 210.313.7397

Buy a home from me, use the truck to move for free!



Comment balloon 17 commentsKristin Moran • July 31 2014 01:50PM


Not only do you need a REALTOR®, it is extremely helpful if that REALTOR® has had a new home built for them. Speaking from experience no class was as helpful in understanding construction as a personal experience.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 6 years ago

Think you need an agent no matter what you are buying. An agent who is qualified to sell alltypes of Real Estate.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) about 6 years ago

Joe Pryor - SO TRUE! I think I will add that tidbit.  I like it!


Bill Reddington  - AGREE!

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - about 6 years ago

Kristin -  Absolutely, every new home buyer should include a Realtor. I love working with buyers on new construction, rarely do they think anything could be wrong, after all it is new, and in almost every instance I have found an issue and had the builder correct it for the buyer, including one home that had two structural support beams snapped in half and the builder tried to hide it under the dry wall in the attic, I took video and made them prove the beams had been replaced.

Posted by John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (LoKation Real Estate) about 6 years ago

"Not having a buyers agent can cost you more than money, it can cost you a ton of time, energy and frustration.   CAVEAT EMPTOR!"  It is so important for a buyer to have their own agent, whether new construction or a resale.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 6 years ago

Kristin, buyers who use Realtor(r) even for new construction always win in the end! 

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 6 years ago


Absolutely great points, always best to obtain professional representation even in new construction.

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) about 6 years ago

The realtor should be automatic, no? Common sense isn't common I guess.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 6 years ago

Kristin, my new construction buyers have been so happy they used me. Not only did they save money, I have also helped them with get through a very tedious process.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 6 years ago

And your agent will ensure you get an inspection, even of the new home!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 6 years ago

I agree with your points for having buyer representation in new home transactions.  And, you have clearly outlined the reasons why!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 6 years ago

Great points about why buyers need representation in new construction. I "sell" these all the time to my clients. But we do need to educate them why it's important. We assume they know, but they really don't.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 6 years ago

No you don't need getting one or you or can visit with Mr. Regret and his cousin Mrs. Stress who will flaunt the point in your face

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing, so many people think that they are getting a deal when the work with the builder's agent. The builder's agent is not working for you the buyer, they work for the builder.

Great stuff Kristin!

Posted by Stacy Ann Stephens, Realtor, New Haven & Hartford CT Homes For Sale (Keller Williams Realty CT - 860-704-9070) about 6 years ago

I couldn't agree with you more!  You definitely need someone representing you on the purchase of any home.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 6 years ago

Every buyer needs a representation whether it is a resale or new construction.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) about 6 years ago

What's crazy is the default position by a buyer that says "oh, I don't need you, I'll just use the charming agent in the builder's office" and off they go down the yellow brick road.

You are so right though.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) about 6 years ago

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