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Monday, August 28, 2023

Using a REALTOR to Buy a New Construction Home

Why Use a REALTOR to Buy New Construction

One of the most common questions we are asked is “Do I need a Realtor to represent me when purchasing new construction?”  The answer is pretty simple. While it is not required that you have representation, a Realtor can play a valuable role in your purchase of new construction. Whether you are buying new construction or an existing home in the St. Charles County or greater St. Louis area, The Boehmer Team realizes the importance and value of the Realtor in every step of your home purchase. 

Building your own home is an exciting yet sometimes complicated process. There are many details to consider - from choosing the right builder to calculating costs and finding the best community for your needs. The Washington Post says when, “buying a new constructed home, an experienced real estate agent is essential.”

when buying a new constructed home, an experienced real estate agent is essential

The Boehmer Team is specially trained in the new construction field. We have worked with builders in the St. Louis County and St. Charles County areas of Missouri for years. We will work with you and your builder towards a smooth process every step of the way.  A good real estate agent can make the new home buying process a dream come true versus a job.

Here are some ways a The Boehmer Team can assist you specifically with your New Construction purchase:

  • Assistance in selecting the community and neighborhood that best meets your needs and that of your family.  Important factors that many homebuyers consider include: school districts, community amenities, access to shopping and recreation. 
  • Help with home site selection including its location within the community, the size of the lot, facing direction, orientation, and surroundings are all evaluated.
  • Determining which structural features are most important to you and what features are will benefit you for a future resale. 
  • Assistance choosing colors and materials for interior and exterior finishes.
  • Explanation of construction progress and terminology as well as assistance in managing expectations.
  • Understanding the value of surrounding homes and comparable homes so that you pay fair market value for your new home.
  • Offering objective professional advice and insight during all phases of the process.
Help with buying a new contruction home

Contact The Boehmer Team today if you are considering a newly constructed home or have additional questions regarding buying or selling a home. Or visit our website and check out our pages dedicated to new construction in the area.


Thursday, August 17, 2023

Answers to Homebuyers’ Most Asked Questions

Answers to Homebuyers’ Most Asked Questions

Every homebuyer is going to have questions when going through the process of buying a home. Knowing what questions to ask and taking into account the answers will empower buyers to make the right decisions for their situation. The Boehmer Team has years of experience helping buyers with answers to the important questions that arise during the home buying process. 

What is the best way to begin the home buying process?

The best way to begin the home buying process is to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan by a reputable local lender. Getting pre-approved before shopping for a home will help you determine how much you can afford and will show sellers you are serious and capable of purchasing their property when you make an offer. The Boehmer Team feels it is important that the lender you choose can be reached easily and is readily available with answers to questions based on your individual needs.

What is a house really worth?

What is this property really worth?

Real estate agents cannot ethically tell a client what to offer for a home. However The Boehmer Team can look at dozens of comparable properties for sale, along with recently sold properties to help determine value. They will look at updates, custom features, lot size, location and more. They can also tell you how long homes in the area are staying on the market and the percentage of asking price that sellers are getting. 

What is the best way to begin the home buying process?

Not all sellers are willing to negotiate asking price or assist with any closing costs. If your strategy is to make low offers, be prepared to make several offers on properties before finding a seller willing to bargain.  Ultimately it is more important to pay market value than a price with an emotional tie to it or unrealistic price based on what a seller still owes on the property. If you are simply looking for a great deal you can always look at foreclosures and fixer-uppers. 

Find out what is wrong with a house

What’s wrong with this house?

The seller says everything is perfect, but unless it is new construction that is rarely the case. The Sellers Disclosure document should contain information on the age of the roof, the age of the appliances, the type of foundation and more. Any other issues most often will appear on a home inspection. The Boehmer Team highly recommends getting a home inspection for any home purchase. Buyers also can also get radon, termite and other building inspections. If a buyer still has a question about a home that is not disclosed, ask the seller directly.

Is this home on a floodplain?

FEMA provides free online maps that show if a home falls within a flood plain. There are different types of floodplains that require different types of insurance. The Boehmer Team can recommend companies that offer flood insurance for different situations. 

Home mechanical systems

Do you have the receipts and warranties for the home’s mechanical systems?

This is not something that buyers have much control over. If a seller purchased a new furnace before putting the home on the market and doesn’t leave any information on where the furnace was purchased, the buyers won’t have many options if the furnace malfunctions. However a home warranty can be purchased at a reasonable yearly fee to cover these types of situations and offer peace of mind.

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When you are ready to buy a home talk to
The Boehmer Team. Experience and knowledge have made The Boehmer Team one of the top real estate teams in Missouri. They can help get the answers you need to make the best decision for you.