One of the things I try to do as a Realtor when walking through new homes in Sacramento -- the model homes that are already built and ready for sale to the new homes presently under construction -- is to imagine what they will look like 10 years from now. Because the home a buyer is buying today they might still own in 10 years. How will the resale value of that home be at that time? Will the home still retain its allure and excitement after 10 years or will it appear worn, tired and require updating to feel new again? Is the design timeless or is it cheap?
If you're wondering about buying a new home in Sacramento, the first thing to realize is you should definitely ask a Realtor to help you. If you wander about by yourself, you could accidentally cut out the ability to use the services of a Realtor when the time comes for you to buy. Most home builders will not pay a Realtor a commission if the buyer has already contacted the builder. That can include calling the builder, emailing from the builder's website, talking to a new home builder's representative, going to an open house or touring a model home at the construction site, all those things can stop a Realtor from representing you because the builder will consider you to be the builder's buyer and not the buyer of the Realtor.
The smartest thing you can possibly do when going out to look at new homes in Sacramento is to first ask your Sacramento Realtor for assistance. Not only will it ensure you don't have to pay for parking and walk for blocks to your destination or, even worse, get lost, but your personal interests will be protected. It doesn't cost you a dime and, in fact, it pays.
You can read more in my personal blog today about exciting new home construction in downtown Sacramento that is already underway. I've included photographs of the home construction work, too, at this link: The Creamery at Alkali Flat in Sacramento and Why Call a Sacramento Realtor.
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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.
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