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Purchasing New Construction

A common misconception in the real estate market is for a buyer to think that they don't need a realtor representing them when they are purchasing a new home. The thought process seems to be that a better deal is to be had without a realtor involved. Well, that is certainly what the builder will be counting on you believing, and nothing could be further from the truth.

When a developer/builder plans a new subdivision, in order to obtain financing for the proposed development, a marketing plan will have been submitted. This will have taken into consideration the fact that a certain percentage of the buyers will have a realtor and some will not. There will also be an appraisal done for each model the builder is planning to construct in the development and this will be used to sell and finance the homes for their buyers. The builder can't and won't cut their pricing on these homes because it will be cutting their comparable sales for the rest of the subdivision as they continue to build it out. For this reason, they won't typically negotiate on their price.

If the builder has cut any pricing, it will have been either at the beginning of a new development when they are trying to get off the ground or at the end of the project when they are trying to get out.

By walking into a model home of a subdivision unrepresented, you will not be able to get representation included as part of the deal later.  If anything, this will end up costing you later by not having the advice of someone who will be looking out for your best interests. The builder will tell you everything they want you to know and hardly anything you need to know.

What should your realtor bring to the table when representing you in the new construction process? We know the true values of the new and resale homes and this will be especially valuable if you ever plan to sell.  Your realtor will be able to advise you on such topics as the value of a "premium" lot, what options will help your home sell later, what colors will help make your home more appealing, and what costs make more sense than others. If you are willing, we can even recommend things you should not include on the build and wait until after you move in and hire out on your own, thus saving much of the mark up the builder will include as part of the build.

As an added bonus to my clients who are buying a new home, I will pay a portion of the costs associated with having a home inspection! 


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4 Beds 3 Baths
Here’s another beauty built by Sherman Builders! This 4 bedroom 3 full bath is beautifully appointed with the work of a true craftsman. Located just off of Augusta Street, just “a stone’s throw” from the West End District, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Unity Park, The Well, Fluor Baseball Field, and the other numerous offerings of downtown Greenville, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU! From the time you approach the property, your senses are stimulated by the curb appeal captured by the beautiful construction of this craftsman design wrapped in hardiboard siding with its full porch situated on a beautiful lot in downtown Greenville! Enter in and just pause taking in the 3/4”x 2 1/4” traditional tongue and groove hardwood flooring flowing from the front to the rear of the house and the beautifully adorned staircase with oak treading and wrought iron pickets topped with a rich stained oak handrail, the feeling of the open space, and the 9ft ceiling height on the main. The soft colored walls make every room feel light and bright but yet warm and welcoming as you dream of your family making this place home. The staging highlights a spaciously furnished downstairs bedroom with an attached full bath that is set to greet guests or the person needing main level access. This bedroom would serve wonderfully as a home office or secondary den if preferred. Move further in to discover an alluring open great room, kitchen and dining room area that is the dream of today’s culture. The kitchen boasts quality constructed cabinetry laid out for a well-equipped, functional space with an island to set the stage for entertaining and everyday life. Enjoy the ambiance of the fireplace and the look of seeing outdoors to your rear covered porch all from one space. As you move upstairs, you are greeted by amble living space featuring 3 additional bedrooms. The large primary bedroom and its bath will wow you as can envision yourself coming home stepping into the 5ft shower to wash off the day and retiring in the peace of your own spacious bedroom. Don’t let this one slip by, make your appointment and see what all the fuss is about! NOTE: Property is under video/audio surveillance. By entering this property, you are acknowledging notice has been given and received and accepting such notification.

509 Dunbar Street, Greenville

3 Beds 3 Baths
Hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, spacious open floor plan with an abundance of natural light and tons of storage… what more could you ask for? This home has a step-less entry into this home and everything you need is on the main floor. The front door opens into the living room, which is open to the sunroom, kitchen and dining room. The kitchen features upgraded stainless appliances, granite counters, a pantry and tons of cabinets. Just off the dining room is a flex room, which makes an excellent office. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main level along with a walk-in laundry room, garage access, and multiple closets. Enjoy your morning coffee from the sunroom or on the private patio. The spacious master bedroom features a vaulted ceiling, a walk-in closet, and a private en suite bathroom, with a large double vanity and a walk-in shower. Upstairs is a huge bedroom and bath that offers a quiet area for guests or could serve as second den. Don’t miss the large walk-in closet and access to the walk-in attic. The 50-gallon gas water heater has a circulating pump that provides near instant hot water to any fixture in the home. The attached two-car garage gives you plenty of space for parking and storage. You will love the low maintenance living since the HOA covers all exterior and lawn maintenance. Enjoy all the activities at the community clubhouse and pool that includes a fitness room. Located close to the Swamp Rabbit Trail (a 22-mile greenway located along the Reedy River ideal for walking and biking) and across from Furman University Golf Course, this active lifestyle community is perfectly located to take advantage of activities at the university like continuing education courses, music and sporting events.

200 Sunset Glory Lane, Greenville

3 Beds 2.5 Baths
Lightning strikes twice! Another opportunity to secure new construction presented by Latour Homes! With it's remarkable location in Greenville's West End Arts District near Prisma Health and St. Francis that's also a lovely stroll or bike to Flour Field, Falls Park, and Unity Park, 214 Averill St is perched on a charming street that's thriving with revitalization. The Southern front porch makes way to the lovely interior, designed with aesthetics and comfort in mind. A stylish door, painted accent wall, and superb lighting choices style the Family Room, along with luxury flooring and crown molding that flow throughout the home. The signature Latour Homes Kitchen offers a granite center island with globe lighting, extended height/ soft close cabinetry with built-in pantry, a geometrical herringbone tile backsplash, and stainless appliances! Adjoining the Kitchen is a spacious Dining Room that showcases elegant wainscoting. Also on the main level are a convenient Half Bath with tile floors, granite vanity, and framed mirror and a dedicated Laundry with ceramic tile that accommodates a space-saving stackable washer and dryer. All bedrooms are located upstairs to maintain maximum privacy of personal spaces. The Owner's Bedroom is a delightful retreat with its own accent wall, recessed and ceiling fan lighting, and bedside reading globes. A stylish sliding barn door covers the exceptional Bath with patterned octagonal tile floors, a dual sink granite vanity with full wall tile backsplash, and a roomy tiled shower with overhead rain faucet. Both secondary Bedrooms have plenty of space and deep double door closets. They share the central Hall Bath with tile, dual sink granite vanity, and framed mirrors. Soak up some Carolina rays on the rear Deck and enjoy playing and planting in the the freshly sodded yard. Further peace of mind comes along with the Builders 2-10 warranty offered with the home! Make your new-home-dream a reality, and come walk through today!

214 Averill Street, Greenville

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