Do You Want to Buy a Brand New Construction Home?

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Thinking of Buying a New Construction Home from the Builder?

There are some things you should know.

Many people like the idea of purchasing a brand new home. There is the thrill of watching the construction process and choosing the upgrades you like, and something about knowing that you are the first to walk on the plush carpet, use the shiny appliances and take a bath in the jetted tub. This can be a very exciting time, but there are a number of things that you should know that will help you throughout the process. Take a look at this article before you head over to the sales office and put down a deposit on your desired lot.

First of all, although the people at the sales office may be nice, they are not looking out for your best interest as they have been hired by the builder to sell the house. Many buyers think that the process will be easier and that using the builder’s sales agent will result in getting a better deal. This is not the case, as builders generally aren’t very flexible on price and the job of their sales agent is to represent them and maximize their profits on each sale.  You need representation! A real estate agent that works for you will ensure that your interests are voiced and will negotiate on your behalf. If you choose to hire your own agent, they should accompany you on your first visit to the sales office. This will let the builder’s agent know that you are represented and the sales office will register him/her as your agent. Your agent can also insulate you from high-pressure sales tactics that a builder’s agent may practice.  It is best not to even casually go and take a look at the model homes without your agent. Some builders are very strict and will not allow you to hire your own agent if you have set foot in the office previously without your agent.

In addition, many buyers don’t realize that they are NOT responsible for paying a commission. Commissions are paid for by the seller or builder in this case. Builders rely on real estate agents to bring buyers to them. If buyers go to the sales office without an agent and contract directly with the builder, the builder will not credit them the cost of a commission that they would usually pay an agent. If they did, agents would cease to bring in buyers and it would eventually impact the builder’s sales. Really, there is no downside for a buyer to hire independent representation.  A buyer will pay the same cost for the home whether they have hired their own agent or not.

What are some other benefits of hiring an agent?

Representation – Your agent is looking out for YOU! They will advocate on your behalf and see that your voice is heard throughout the process.

Negotiation – While you may be a great negotiator and perhaps have experience doing so, it is always recommended to have someone else negotiate for you. Even the best negotiators follow this practice as an agent will not have the same emotional attachment that may blind a buyer. The agent can look at the deal from a different perspective that not only encompasses the price, but many other factors as well. While a builder may not negotiate on price (as they may have to answer to other buyers that paid more for the same home) an agent usually knows what they will discuss. Depending on the builder and the market, you may be able to get some free upgrades, closing cost credits, extended home warranty and perhaps some back yard landscaping or a patio slab that is larger than 3 x 3. A good agent will know what can be negotiated and how to be creative to make sure you are getting the best bang for your money.

Contract – How many buyers are really that familiar with real estate contracts? Although they aren’t that complex, agents look at them every day and have an understanding of what to look for to ensure sure you are getting a fair deal. I have caught mistakes on builder contracts more than once. Sometimes it is as simple as a math mistake and other times it is terms that were written in that hadn’t been discussed or previously agreed upon. An agent knows the contracts and knows how to make sure your interests are represented. Your agent should review the contract and notify you of any concerns prior to you signing a deal for your brand new home. They will make sure you are aware of contractual deadlines and that the building process stays on track.

Builder Quality and Reputation – Agents generally know most of the builders and will be able to share the information that they have learned over the years. Not all builders build the same quality of home. Some will use inferior materials, some have problems with quality control, some use different construction methods and so on. An experienced agent will know which builders are good about doing warranty work and which aren’t. They will also have seen how the builder’s homes stand up over time. This information can be extremely important and another piece in your decision making.

Financing – Builders usually have their own, preferred financing and will usually offer incentives for closing costs or upgrades if you finance through them. A good agent will be able to help you understand their loan programs and make sure you are able to choose the best for your circumstances. If the builder’s lender doesn’t have a program that works for you, your agent should be able to point you toward other lenders that may be able to help. I have had a couple situations where the builder still allowed the incentives even though the buyer used an outside lender.

Inspections – a builder will have walk-throughs at different points in the construction process. It is important that you have your agent there as they may be able to point things out and ask applicable questions that a regular buyer may not think about. You are also allowed to have an outside inspector look at the home to see if there are any issues you need fixed prior to closing or any other smaller items that can be repaired through the warranty process. Experienced agents will have qualified inspectors that they trust to find insufficiencies and items that a buyer will want repaired or replaced.

Recommend upgrades – An agent will know the latest trends, upgrades that are good for resale and how to choose complimenting and contrasting colors.  They will also know what upgrades may cost a lot but not add much value. They also understand which upgrades will be better to have done after-market that should save you money as well as giving you a superior product. Even though you most likely won’t move from your new home in the near future, an agent will look at everything from a “return on investment” standpoint. They can advise you on upgrades, lot choice, exterior elevation choices and other elements that can affect resale in a positive or negative way.

Knowledge of City plans – A good agent that focuses in a certain geographic area will know more than the builder’s sales agent about the city and about what is happening in the area. The builder’s agent usually lives outside the area and has a good knowledge of the homes, products and package choices that the builder offers, but doesn’t always know the details about schools and other upcoming developments like a hometown agent will. This information can be extremely valuable in making your decision.

Final thoughts and how to proceed – As you can see, there are many reasons and potential benefits in hiring an agent to work for and represent you. If you do decide to hire an agent, make sure that they are familiar with new construction and with the area. Have them take you through the models the first time you go to ensure that they are registered as your agent. Not only will your agent make you feel more comfortable in looking by insulating you from high pressure sales tactics, but they will also make sure you aren’t “blinded by the upgrades” and that you know what is included in the base price and what isn’t. They will take the emotion out and help you look at purchasing a home as a good business transaction that should help you increase your wealth over time.

Contact me today if you are thinking about purchasing new construction and I can guide and advise you through the process. The right agent really can make all the difference in the world!

 

Now Available: Luxurious Country Home close to Town

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Spring is here and the trees are blooming! Come take a look at this incredible home while the weather is nice.

Your chance to own an amazing country home only minutes from town! No expense has been spared on this gated, private estate. The open floor plan features fine finishes throughout and eye-catching architectural details. The chef’s kitchen is the hub of the home and is appropriately appointed with custom, white “soft close” cabinets, striking granite counter tops, designer light fixtures and professional appliances including Viking range, SubZero built-in refrigerator, double Bosch dishwashers, pot-filler, farmhouse style sink and double ovens with a warming drawer. The gourmet in the family will appreciate the vast surfaces and prep sink that are perfect for preparing for those family get-togethers. Throughout the home the flooring is top-quality with wood, tumbled travertine, premium carpet and marble. You’ll love the fabulous master suite! The oversized master includes a retreat that is currently being used as a home gym, a fireplace, coffered ceilings with double crown, double walk-ins with organizers, outdoor access and an incredible master bath. The bath includes a large shower with bench and multiple heads, a jetted tub, “his and her” vanities and custom mirrors and fixtures. The handyman will enjoy the huge (almost 1200sf) garage. The park-like yard is a beautiful setting with a variety of trees and shrubs and a fenced-off back yard. The spacious back pasture is level and has tons of possibilities-barn, riding arena, shop, In-law cottage…You choose! Also worthy to note is the high producing well, whole house fans, triple zone HVAC with multiple condensors, batting cage, stream that runs through property and surround sound. This is a perfect home for entertaining!

Act now; call for more information and to request a private showing of this luxurious country home!

CLICK HERE for more pictures and property detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn-Key and affordable in West Lincoln!

1665 Calabasa

JUST REDUCED TO $375,000. COME TAKE A LOOK TODAY!

This turn-key home is located on a quiet street in West Lincoln and is truly move-in ready! You’ll be impressed with the new laminate flooring, fresh interior paint and how clean this home is. It has a sensible floor plan without any wasted space and is the perfect size for someone starting out or for the empty-nesters looking to downsize. The home has been appointed with some nice upgrades including warm, neutral custom paint, high quality flooring, upscale ceiling fans and “his and her” closets in the master suite. The back yard is private and has a large patio and a spacious lawn so you can get outside and enjoy evening barbeques. The handyman will like the epoxy flooring in the garage and the spacious driveway. No HOA dues and extremely low Mello Roos. Don’t delay, homes in this condition and price are hard to find!

For more information and pictures, CLICK HERE

Act now; Call Garth Evans at 916 408-2222 for more information and to request a private showing.

Four “C”s that are guaranteed to help you sell your home.

FullSizeRender (1)There are numerous things that can be done to improve your chance of selling your home quickly and for the best price. Here are just a few tips that are very important when selling:

CLEAN- A home that smells and looks clean is very important.This sounds like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many homes on the market are turning off buyers because they are not clean. A good scrub goes a long way and helps buyers see your home, not your mess.

CLUTTER- Get that clutter out! Have a yard sale, donate some items or get a storage unit. It is very difficult for a buyer to see themselves living in your house if your clutter is taking up all the space

CURB APPEAL-First impressions and curb appeal are really important when selling a house. Spring is the perfect time to get the yard cleaned up and add some color to your landscape. Some fresh flowers planted down the walkway or in a pot by the front door can give a great first impression. Buy a new door mat. This is an easy, inexpensive way to welcome buyers to your home. Throw out those old door mats and get a new, fresh one that will look nice and keep your home clean as potential buyers make their visits.

CALL THE RIGHT AGENT- With over 16 years of experience in real estate I’ve seen it all. Let me help you get your house ready to sell. I will go through and give you detailed tips that will help you get top dollar in a short period of time. The right agent makes all the difference in the world.

Coming Soon! 1673 Calabasa Drive

1673 Calabasa Drive
1673 Calabasa Drive

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Coming Soon and won’t last long! This home is as neat as a pin and is a great floor plan with no wasted space. This home has been extremely well-maintained as has new carpet and paint, newer A/C condensor and appliances. Just under 1500 sf, 3 bed/2bath, NO HOA and very low Mello Roos. This is truly a move-in ready home for only $365,000. Call or message me for a private showing. 916 408-2222

3 Common Selling Pitfalls

Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 2.42.12 PMThinking about putting your home on the market? Be sure to check out my thoughts on 3 of the most common mistakes sellers make, featured in the Lincoln View.

If you’re looking for an agent with experience and expertise, give me a call!

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Favorite Things Friday- Lake Tahoe

With the mercury rising here in Lincoln, sitting on a sandy shoreline and a dip in the cool water is starting to sound pretty good. Lucky for us in Lincoln, beautiful Lake Tahoe is only a quick drive up the hill. With plenty of beaches and restaurants to chose from, a day trip to Tahoe is a great way to beat the heat.

Whenever we visit Tahoe, we are sure to stop at the kid’s favorite ice cream shop. Located in Incline Village on the North Shore, Susie Scoops is a must visit for a large assortment of locally made ice creams with a delicious flavor to suit any taste. Make sure to grab one of their homemade dipped waffle cones and enjoy some sun on the patio!

From there, there are always lots of options when it comes to enjoying time by the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Kings beach is a great option, but it can fill up quickly, so be sure to stake out a spot earlier in the day. Perfect for the family looking for a little more excitement at their day at the beach, Kings beach is a hot spot to rent paddle boards or enjoy parasailing or other activities on the water.

North Tahoe beach is another option and is great because of it’s nearby lots of places to grab a quick bite before heading out and the Safeway across the street. We like to stop by and fill up the cooler before we settle in for some time on the sand.

One of my favorite beaches in Tahoe is Sand Harbor beach. The views here are some of the best in the area, and beautiful rock formations and calm water make for a breathtaking spot to kick back and relax.

After a day in the sun, our favorite restaurant to visit is Rosie’s Cafe in Tahoe City. With lots of options, this local spot for homestyle cooking is sure to have something for everyone. Nothing hits the spot quite like one of their burgers!

One of my favorite things about living in Lincoln is the proximity to so many great places. There’s no need to spend too much time in the car or hop on a plane to get away. If you’re looking to get away there are so many great options for day trips this summer- I’d recommend a visit to Lake Tahoe be one of them!

Location, Location, Location!

With all the new innovations out there, there are so many ways to market your home. Whether it’s the more classic route or online, I try and get the best of both worlds. When it comes to getting your home out there, I’m always looking for the best avenues for maximum exposure as well as targeted marketing. With this in mind, I decided to try something new for some of my listings.
The area around these homes is really something that makes them special, so I jumped at the chance to have some drone videography taken. I thought that this would be a perfect way to not only highlight the home itself, but also the beautiful surrounding areas. For the home at 5181 Monteverde Drive, the rolling hills, scenic walking trails and praised Catta Verdera golf course, not to mention the breathtaking sunsets are major reasons why this is such a gorgeous and desirable area to live. At 2200 South Lakewood Drive, the peaceful and serene setting, nestled among the pine and oak trees makes for the perfect hideaway near the lake in Meadow Vista.

 

 

For details on this home, CLICK HERE

For pictures and additional information, CLICK HERE

Call today for a private showing of either of these great listings!

Nice Single Story in West Lincoln

1669 Calabasa Drive
1669 Calabasa Drive

This home is clean and has been well maintained. You’ll love the custom features; from the classy, knotty alder front door to the extremely durable, luxury flooring and the warm, neutral paint colors. This home has had recent exterior paint, new carpet and upgraded stone hearth put on the fireplace. The back yard is private and low maintenance. You’ll enjoy being in the yard and relaxing on the custom tile patio under the well-built patio cover. The handyman will love the finished 3 car garage with the epoxy flooring and the heavy-duty insulated garage door. This home has lots of other custom features including framed mirrors in the master bath, surround sound wiring and upgraded ceiling fans and light fixtures. No HOA dues and very low Mello Roos. This is a home you don’t want to miss!

 

Act now; call for more information and to request a private showing.

 

For more information and pictures, CLICK HERE

 

 

Firefighters and Hockey-Favorite things Friday in Lincoln, CA

 

carter-1Last season I had a chance to play with the Sac Fire hockey team. Obviously, I’m not a firefighter and with my Boy Scout background, I’m probably a little bit better at starting fires than putting them out! Our Firefighters in this area are a great group of hard working guys and they play a good brand of no-nonsense hockey. My son and I enjoy playing with them. One of our goaltenders had his mask painted by an artist in Canada and it is sweet! It shows our California flag on one side, a rendering of his Engine at a large fire that made the front page a few years ago and the Cal Fire and Sac Fire logos on the back. Pretty cool Carter! We are all appreciative of the hard work and risks that they take to keep us safe. Thanks! Being able to play a game I love with my son and these great guys is one of my favorite things.

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