- the Dangers
- Buyer's Broker
- The Process
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Dangers When Buying A Home: Construction
When looking at a home for the first time, you obviously want to pay attention to the various construction elements. Some real estate agents are knowledgeable about home construction. The qualified buyer’s agent should be knowledgeable about basic home construction, and be able to alert you to potential construction flaws and areas of concern. Note:(although a buyer's agent can perhaps alert you to a potential problem, you should only rely on the final opinion of a qualified professional appropriately skilled to evaluate the any potential construction or structural issues.) Make sure any buyer representative you consider working with can do this for you.
The most important service your buyer's agent will do for you when evaluating the construction and condition of a home is to put you in contact with a qualified structural inspector to professionally inspect the home on your behalf. It will be that inspector's subsequent report that you and your buyer's broker will use to determine whether there are structural conditions that (1) need to be addressed by the seller or (2) lead you to (a) renegotiate the price or (b) simply move on.
Note: (Structural inspectors do not do all kinds of inspections. If you want something evaluated outside the scope of what the a structural inspector inspects you will need to arrange that with the appropriated professional. Often they can refer you to someone that can assist you.)
Note: The terms "buyer's broker," "buyer's agent," and "buyer representative" are used interchangeably on this site. Different locales use different terminology for the same idea: a real estate professional who represents you -- the buyer.