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Beware of Buying a Home Directly from a Builder

Tuesday Feb 7, 2017
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Buying a new home has its advantages. You get to choose your amenities, select the location and neighborhood, perhaps even customize your floorplan. With a brand-new home, you don’t inherit someone else’s appliances or personal customizations. It’s fresh and clean, and completely yours. For these reasons, some homebuyers consider buying directly from a home builder. Often builders will waive closing fees to entice buyers to work directly with them, however, Indigo Mortgage urges homebuyers to be cautious about this option.

The first thing to consider when buying directly from a builder is that without a realtor on your side, you are completely at the mercy of the builder. It would be similar to walking into a courtroom without a lawyer. Working with a realtor, or buyer’s agent, is of benefit because they know the laws, they know the ins-and-outs of contracts, and they can help you navigate the process. A buyer’s realtor is paid for by the builder, so why not use one?

Another consideration when working with a builder, is that they will typically make it very difficult for a buyer to use a lender other than their in-house lender. In an effort to appeal to buyers, many builders will not require them to pay closing costs, however, this doesn’t necessarily save you money. If you qualify for a VA or FHA loan, you may be eligible for lender credits, which would cover your closing costs. Working with an outside lender will often get you lower interest rates as well.

A builder’s representative will most likely never offer a first-time home buying seminar for their clients or work hard to find the best rates and terms. Indigo Mortgage however, wants to equip all potential homebuyers with the knowledge needed to navigate the home buying process. That’s why we recommend working with a buyer’s agent, and shopping around to find the best mortgage loans. We’re here to help every step of the way!

Indigo Mortgage is a locally owned and operated company, serving homebuyers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and all across New Mexico. For questions about selecting a mortgage lender, contact Indigo Mortgage in Albuquerque at (505) 836-5700. Indigo Mortgage offers five mortgage divisions including Residential, VA Loans, Reverse Mortgages, Construction and Commercial. They are licensed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS #188348), and can provide loans anywhere in New Mexico.

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