If you’re looking for homes for sale in Buda or Kyle, chances are that you’re encountering a lot of new construction. A newly constructed home has a multitude of advantages -- it’s untouched by years of wear and tear, you get to make certain customizations, everything is modern and up-to-date. However, the homebuying process can be tricky to navigate. Many people ask if they still need an agent when purchasing a freshly built home. Below, we’ve broken down a few reasons why having an agent is absolutely essential.

Someone On Your Side

Sure, the nice folks in the sales office will answer any questions you have about the community, show you all the options for paint colors and flooring, and share in your excitement over your new home. But at the end of the day, they work for the builder, not you. You want someone in your corner, making sure your needs are being prioritized and giving you the best (and unbiased) advice as you make one of the most important purchases of your life. From choosing a reputable builder who delivers the finished home on schedule to selecting a neighborhood that suits your lifestyle to helping negotiate certain perks or upgrades -- your agent is with you every step of the way, listening to what you want and helping make it a reality.

Home Inspection Hero

Many buyers mistakenly assume that buying a brand new home is easier than buying an existing home, as there are no worries about what previous owners might have done to the place. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of risk involved. In fact, the number of defects discovered during a new home inspection (and their severity) is on par with that of a resale home. However, often the builder will not offer a home inspection on a new home. This is where your agent steps in. She will make sure an independent third party does a full inspection of the home, noting any repairs that need to be made before you sign on the dotted line. This is especially important for spots you won’t see during the walk-through or issues that aren’t readily apparent to the average homebuyer. If your builder hasn’t used best practices or has done a shoddy job of fixing a mistake, the inspector will do their due diligence to uncover it, and your agent will demand a repair before you move forward with the purchase.

The Full Financial Picture

Your agent is also there to help you understand exactly what your new home is worth, both today and down the line. In the first year of new home ownership, you’re taxed on the unimproved lot, but the following year, you’ll be taxed on the full value of your home, which is vastly different. Many builder’s agents conveniently forget to mention this when they break down the financials for you. Your agent will make sure you understand how your house payment will change over time and ensure you’re making an investment you can continue to afford.

Around half of the homes for sale in Buda, Texas, are new construction and this rate isn’t that dissimilar for Kyle. It’s a safe bet your home search will include some new communities. Check out our video below for more details on why using an agent is always a wise choice when considering new construction.