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With extremely low inventory of existing 
homes you may be getting a bit discouraged thinking you’ll never find your ideal home and in your price range. 

Buying New construction may be a great option for you!  

BUT, If you’re not careful, costs and expectations will sneak up you and can spiral out of control. 

Today, I’m going to give you 4 Tips to order to Avoid costly mistakes when buying new construction. 

 

Building New is super exciting. But before you sign any contract do a little homework first.

 

My first tip to avoid a costly mistake: 

Shop Lenders 

Many large builders have their in house or preferred lenders that may or may not offer competitive rates. “Knowledge is power, So shop around First. 

When in-house and outside lenders compete for your business, you gain more leverage to negotiate loan costs or interest rates. 

But here’s the Big One: Look carefully before accepting incentives offered by a builder’s lender; they don’t always save you  money. 

If a builder’s lender says, ‘We’ll give you $15,000 in incentives if go with us’  

or the builder may say ‘we cannot offer you the incentives if you Don’t go with our lender’ . 

If an outside lender charges a quarter of a percentage point less in the interest rate over the life of the loan, that $15,000 incentive may wind up being more expensive in the long run. 


This brings me to Tip 2: 

Always have your Own representation!  and never register, or innocently give your information to the builders representative without your Realtor.  

Your personal Realtor will be happy to arrange a visit to a model center for you. If you happen to be out driving around and stop in at a model center just to look..the first words to should say when the builders rep greets you “We just want to look around, We Have a Realtor who represents us”  

You may be asked to fill out a registration card. Just make sure you give your Realtors name, telephone number and email address.  

Otherwise, you may find yourself without a professional representative in one of the most expensive transactions you’ll probably ever make.

 

I know most all the builders reps here locally, and can tell you they ALL are very nice, accommodating and extremely helpful.. But they represent the builder..Not you.  

Unless you do this quite often, you need to have a professional look after your interests, ask the right questions and be your advocate. 

And best part in having your own Realtor..You pay nothing. Realtors fees are built in to the builders costs. 


Tip # 3  

Fully Understand the Builders Warranties 

When you buy a New Construction Home, did you know there are 2 types of warranties? 

You’ll here the terms “Impied and Express” warranties. It’s important to know the differences. 

Essentially, “ Implied warranties” cover defects in workmanship that impact a new home’s habitability, livability and safety, based on local building codes and standards. Implied warranties tend to be vaguely worded, and they usually have a 10-year liability cutoff period for builders. 

An “express warranty” spells out the problems and remedies a builder is responsible for, as well as the duration of the warranty and a how to go about filing a dispute. 

Builders live and die on their reputation, so they don’t want to get into long, drawn-out legal battles; this type of warranty provides more defined terms. 

Fully understand the builders warranty. Again, this is another great reason to have your own realtor in your corner. 


Tip # 4  

Choose Upgrades Wisely 

One of the Most exciting days you’ll have when building your new home is the trip to the Design Center where you’ll choose all your finishes and upgrades. When you walk in you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven with hundreds of choices you have to touch and marvel at.. 

I don’t want to be a buzz kill, BUT 

Don’t fall into the trap of choosing upgrades that will not increase your homes value. 

Believe me, they make it sooooo easy to do.. BUT Be strong..Don’t do it! 

Here’s a tip: Upgrades from laminate counter tops to a level 1 or 2 Granite is a safe upgrade. Or maybe upgrade from carpet to tile or wood flooring is also a safe upgrade. 

Things like going to the high end top level kitchen cabinets that will be an additional $10k is not a good idea for an upgrade right now. You will not get the return on resale or maybe be over improving for your neighborhood..again, not getting that resale return. 

Tempting as it may seem at the time, you’ll be glad you stayed within your budget. 

  

Also, if you’re curious about builders in the Polk County area and want to learn more about whats being built and where, you’ll want to check out my New Construction Website.  

There you’ll find all the homes available right now, which lots are available, and which build stage the home is in. You will not see these on the MLS or any public website. And yes, It’s FREE..so enjoy!

 

I’m Lisa Kelly, and until then, I’ll see you on the next one. 

 

 

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My experience while purchasing my first home was the best experience I've ever experienced. With Lisa's guidance it was a stress free experience. She made sure I was comfortable and understood every step. She gave her opinion from the heart. You can tell she genuinely wanted you to have the home you desired. She is very personable and that's great when you are purchasing a large investment. I am forever grateful of her help. So if you are looking to have a wonderful experience while purchasing or selling any property Lisa Kelly Realtor is the way to go.

 

~ Candace Engram

Candace Engram ????? 18 weeks ago My experience while purchasing my first home was the best experience I've ever experienced. With Lisa's guidance it was a stress free experience. She made sure I was comfortable and understood every step. She gave her opinion from the heart. You can tell she genuinely wanted you to have the home you desired. She is very personable and that's great when you are purchasing a large investment. I am forever grateful of her help. So if you are looking to have a wonderful experience while purchasing or selling any property Lisa Kelly Realtor is the way to go.

 

~ Candace Engram

Greg Raymond ????? 43 weeks ago Finding and buying the right house can be a difficult and daunting process. When my wife and I found our home online, we needed someone local to the property to assist us as we were out of state. Lisa came recommended by a local acquaintance and she was quick to respond to our call. She was collaborative and professional throughout the process, and was attentive to our needs and questions through closing. I would certainly recommend her!

 

~ Greg Raymond

I had such a positive experience working with Lisa. Not only is she a complete professional, but such a compassionate human being. Her knowledge guiding me through the Florida real estate process was so helpful as a first-time Florida homebuyer. She was always prompt and responsive while going above and beyond. She attended all key inspections in person and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If you are looking for a great real estate experience, look no further. Lisa is your gal to get the job done. I will definitely be working with her again in the future.

 

~ DJ Bradley

I had such a positive experience working with Lisa. Not only is she a complete professional, but such a compassionate human being. Her knowledge guiding me through the Florida real estate process was so helpful as a first-time Florida homebuyer. She was always prompt and responsive while going above and beyond. She attended all key inspections in person and kept me informed throughout the entire process. If you are looking for a great real estate experience, look no further. Lisa is your gal to get the job done. I will definitely be working with her again in the future.

 

~ DJ Bradley

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Tom and Kim Manske

We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Kim Manske

Kim Manske ?????Aug 21, 2020 We can’t say enough good things about Lisa Kelly! From the moment she stepped through our front door, she demonstrated all the characteristics you want in your realtor: integrity, friendliness, optimism, thorough knowledge of her field, state-of-the-art technical savvy, unflagging energy and sensitivity to all our own needs and feelings. Our house sold in four days and we are certain this success was largely due to Lisa’s skill and hard work. We highly recommend Lisa Kelly to anyone looking for a top notch realtor!

 

~ Joanna Grizzard

Sidney Wyland Lisa Kelly was our realtor that helped us with our move from Utah to Lakeland. She is a very good resource for us in Lakeland and helped us buy our new home. We found Lisa on the internet. She has helped us with all the contacts and scheduling to insure all things here went smoothly. The closing on our home was completed on time which was very important as we had are household goods being delivered from two different states. She also continues to be there for us for any referrals or help we may need here locally. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying a home.

 

~ Rick and Sidney Wyland

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee and Frankie Brown

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill and Patricia Crabb

We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

~ Bill & Patricia Crabb

Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

~ Lee & Frankie Brown

01/03/2017 - shunter317 Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $175K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is an exceptional agent as she knows real estate law and the local market. She communicates and is extremely responsive to her clients questions and needs. She walked us through a complicated contract. We consider Lisa a new friend.

 

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Highly likely to recommend 08/09/2016 - HappyBuyerNEOH Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $225K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I highly recommend Lisa Kelly! She was awesome to work with through the whole process. Her communication and promptness went above and beyond my expectations. Working in the mortgage industry, I see all types of realtors, if you want a genuine, awesome, go getter- she is your girl!

 

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Highly likely to recommend 10/27/2014 - jessbparker Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $75K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: I cannot say enough about Lisa Kelly. She helped my husband and I buy our first home when we had limited funds and difficult circumstances. She is extremely knowledgeable about homes, market, taxes- anything you could want to know. She is also an excellent advocate for her clients during negotiations, which really came in handy when you're a nervous first-time home buyer.Less

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/22/2014 - par167 Bought a home in 2014. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa Kelly is the hardest working woman I know! If you are in the market to buy or sell take it from my personal experience she delivers results!In Polk County or anywhere else for that matter you will be hard pressed to ever get better service. Paul Renner.....

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/25/2012 - user027478 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $275K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa is the most professional realtor I've ever worked with... she's direct, honest, highly-knowledgable, very responsive and a consummate professional. She played fundamentally important roles in helping us to sell our house in a tough market. She's a hard worker and also gave us great advice and we were able to sell after listing for about 30 days. She then helped us find and close on our dream home. Her persistance and negotiating savvy helped us buy a house that was not a very convential listing. If we'd had an average realtor, we'd have been a lot less successful with both our deals. I'd recommend Lisa to anyone who wants to work with a genuine professional. She could write a book on what it takes to be an outstanding service provider.

 

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02/09/2012 - Alyson7707 Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $125K in Bartow, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: We absolutely loved our experience with Lisa.. She is incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated to finding the home of your dreams. We couldn't be happier with the home she found us or the time we spent with her--she made the experience exciting and easy. We do not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family and will absolutely work with her in the future. Thanks again Lisa! -Michael & Alyson Elrod

 

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Highly likely to recommend 02/08/2012 - AimeeWeed Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $100K in Auburndale, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: Lisa was always quick to respond to my questions. I honestly think that my family and I would not be in this wonderful house without her hard work. She is honest, not afraid to give her opinion in a helpful way, and she is very knowledgeable in all aspects of her job.

 

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Wonderful wonderful experience. Lisa is what I call a dream maker. I had the dream, and she made it a reality.Lisa's hard work, her quick response, her compassion in knowing I was a single mom purchasing my first house, has earned my loyalty in using her as my realtor for life.

 

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Highly likely to recommend 03/09/2011 - reedswife11 Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $75K in Lakeland, FL. Local knowledge: Process expertise: Responsiveness: Negotiation skills: This woman is amazing, we have run into every road block imaginable and she has negotiated our problems quickly and effectivly everytime. Always available and Always puts her clients first

 

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