Do You Really Need a Realtor For New Construction on Oahu?

The short answer to the question is yes. Most people that you would meet in a new construction sales office are licensed realtors. These agents are employed by and work for the developer. Projects such as the new construction Hoopili from D.R. Horton in West Oahu do offer broker consideration to outside agents.

Prices Ho'opili

The big misconception is that if there is no agent, and hence no commission paid, then the buyer can save that money and receive a better price. This is completely incorrect most of the time. This is also a commission that is paid directly from the developer to the agent at closing and has a zero cost to the buyer.

If there is no outside agent, the developer simply does not pay the commission, and the price to the buyer is exactly the same. The issue is, if you are dealing directly with the developer’s agents, then you don’t have that outside party, or agent in this case, to look out for your best interests. 

Most of the time with new construction, the sales office has to give very scripted and vague answers to questions you might have as buyer. They work select hours and might not be available certain days when your regular agent is usually available for their clients 24-7. Well, at least I am. Make sure you have a licensed real estate agent represent your best interest in new construction and the result will be a much smoother, stress-free process.  

Want to Know More?

If you want more information about the Hoopili project or any other new construction on Oahu, feel free to give me a call or send an email to discuss.

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