Know the Facts
The answer, simply, is a resounding, "Yes!" So, many builders out there work so very hard to keep you away from your Realtor, and why wouldn't they? The problem that Realtors present to builders is that they keep the builders from being the gatekeeper of information and the maker of the rules. Buying a home in Calgary is a complicated thing, buying a new build in Calgary is even more complicated.
Realtors are there to represent your best interests and translate Builder's documents into plain English so you know what you're getting into.
I've had a builder tell me that they don't allow Realtors to work with their clients. Of course, this gentleman didn't know that I, myself, was a Realtor. In that moment, I kind of wanted to do something my daughter would do, and say,
"Liar, liar pants on fire, hanging on the telephone wire."
But one has to keep one's personality in check when they're standing in a showroom. I politely excused myself and resolved never to use that builder or refer them to clients either.
Playing on a Level Field
You see, if I was a builder, I would welcome Realtors of all kinds. Because Realtors force Builders to be better---to offer better products, prices and terms. Realtors know whether or not they are doing that, and if the builder is not working hard to perfect their product, than a Realtor can help that client look into a different builder who would strive to be better. That, people, sounds a lot like a word I like very much: competition.
Competition is good.
Until next time
The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736