From Historical Homes to brand new construction… I enjoy previewing homes. I NEED to know what’s out there so I’m armed with knowledge when a Buyer calls!
The past couple of weeks, I’ve taken some time to tour Model Homes by “Sivage Homes.” Most Builders showcase a Model to give a buyer an idea of what their new home can look and feel like.
I have to say, Sivage Homes is a remarkable builder offering “standard” features many other builders charge as an “upgrade.”
- Granite Countertops
- 9-Foot Ceilings
- 18″ x 18″ Tile
- Tile Backsplash
- Rounded Corners
- and more!
There’s nothing worse (when house hunting) than to walk-thru a Model Home and learn the home you choose to build will not come with any of the perks displayed in the Model. When you decide to walk a Model Home, ask the sales counselor to show you one that’s also under construction. Ask lots of questions and make sure you determine what’s included as a “Standard Feature.”
WHAT’S A “SPEC” HOME?
A Spec Home is a completed home ready for sale. There are two types of spec homes…
- A builder may not want to build a “Model” to use as a sales office. So instead, they’ll build Spec Homes for buyers to tour and buy on the spot.
- Another Spec Home is when a “Speculated” Buyer begins the building process from the ground up; and during the building process, the Buyer backs out of the contract and now the house is for sale.
If you can’t or don’t want to wait 4-6 months to build a home, buying a Spec is a FANTASTIC way to get into a brand new, never lived in home with all of the Builder’s Warranties! If you’re working with a REALTOR®, ask him/her for a list of available Spec inventory. Most Builders will release an Inventory List to REALTORS® who are actively showing in their communities.
Below are photos of two Homes I recently toured. They are in the South/Southeast side of San Antonio. Sivage Homes has new communities all over the city. Next week I’ll tour more neighborhoods and update my blog with my findings.
REMEMBER… Take your REALTOR® with you when shopping new home builders! Having your REALTOR® by your side is like having your Attorney sitting next to you in court. A REALTOR’s® responsibility is to take care of YOUR best interest… NOT THE BUILDER’S!
Check out these “Hard Facts:” Why a Buyer needs a REALTOR® when building a home.
Texas law requires all real estate license holders to provide the Information About Brokerage Services to all prospective clients. TREC’s Consumer Protection Notice.