Using a Realtor

The decision to buy your own home is exciting!


Buying a home is complicated so it’s our job to help you find the perfect home and navigate the process with the least amount of hassle. We’ll assist you with honest, accurate information so you can make well-informed decisions regarding the purchase of your home.

We will give you an idea of what to expect during each phase of your transaction. The information below contains reference pages, deadline information and other useful details to guide you even after the transaction is closed.

Making this transaction as easy as possible for you is our job; getting excited about your new home is your job.


Why should you use a licensed realtor?

A REALTOR® brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the process.

In fact, a licensed real estate professional provides much more than the service of helping you find the home of your dreams. REALTORS® are not just sales agents, we are expert negotiators, seasoned real estate financial advisors, and superb navigators around the local neighborhood. We are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and must abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by NAR. A professional REALTOR® is your best resource when buying a home.

Let Us Be Your Guide:

  • Working with us saves you endless amounts of time, money, and frustration.
  • We know the housing market inside and out and can help you avoid many costly pitfalls.
  • We’ll help you with any house, whether it is listed by another agent or is being sold by an owner or builder.
  • We know the best lenders in the area; we can help you get pre-qualified for a mortgage and discuss loan options such as down payments, closing costs, and escrows.
  • We’re an excellent source for general information about the community, specific information about schools, churches, shopping, transportation, plus tips on property inspections and pricing.
  • We’re experienced at presenting offers to homeowners and can help you through the process of negotiating the best deal. In the current market, the key to getting your new home is having an expert negotiator by your side. We bring objectivity to the transaction and can point out the advantages and disadvantages of specific properties.

And BEST of all, it won’t cost you a dime. The seller pays the commissions to the REALTORS®.

Why should I use an Agent to purchase a new home? Are there any advantages?


The advantages of having JKB Realty Group help you purchase a new home are the same as those for purchasing a resale home…knowledge of the market, help in finding the perfect home quickly, expertise in contract writing and negotiation, and closing assistance. The builder has a professional representative watching out for his needs and you need the same expert representation.

Buying a new home is a little more difficult and time-consuming than buying a resale. JKB Realty Group can professionally guide you through this process. We have experience working with builders, have access to a database of information about subdivisions, floor plans, etc. We are also familiar with new home warranties and builders’ purchase contracts.

It is very important that your interests be professionally represented when you are entering into a contract for a semi-custom or build-to-suit home. These transactions are complex and the contract details must be precise and in order to protect you and ensure you get exactly the home you want.

There is no financial advantage for you to buy directly from the builder. Builders have a “single-price” policy, meaning you will be charged the same price whether your interests are represented by a REALTOR® or not. Just as in any resale, the seller pays your agent’s fee. REMEMBER – the Builder requires that your Agent accompany you on your first visit to the Builder’s sales office, or they will NOT PAY your representative’s fee.

Should you use a REALTOR® when buying a new home?


The following article originally appeared in the Denver Post

Yes. Think of planning a trip to Europe without the help of a travel agent. Or how about buying insurance without an insurance agent. Then imagine being involved in a major league business dispute, and you’re representing yourself in front of the judge and jury. If you depend on people in the service industry for travel needs, filing a claim for hail damage to your roof, or handling legal matters, then why would you want to represent yourself in the most expensive and probably most important purchase of your lifetime?


One particular long-time broker associate has been on both sides of the fence in representing builders as an on-site salesperson. During the past three years, they have represented both buyers and sellers in resale and the purchase of new homes. They sum up new home sales as follows; “A one-price policy…buyers receive all of the services and don’t pay any extra, but they also don’t receive any discounts. I’ve always felt concerned for buyers who aren’t associated with a REALTOR®, as they didn’t have the support system they deserve in such a major lifetime transaction.”

In our current, fast-paced real estate market, there are many new home communities to choose from. You need to ask yourself some pertinent questions when looking for a new home.

  • Is this a good builder?
  • Does he have a solid reputation, years in business, etc.?
  • How does the quality of his product compare to that of other builders?
  • What are the existing inventories of the various builders?
  • How do builder models meet your needs (floor plans, square footage, and location)?
  • If I sell in a few years, what upgrades should I include to be competitive?

When you find the answers to these questions, ask yourself if the time spent in researching these answers was time well spent – put a dollar value on your time. Real estate professionals can be a valuable asset in collecting information in areas that may affect your decision on the purchase of a new home.

If builders rely on real estate professionals to sell their homes, then why wouldn’t you, the buyer, take the same precautions in assuring yourself of the best service and expertise in making this important decision?

For Sale By Owner [FSBO] Buyer


Buying real estate is a complex matter and buying an FSBO home, (For Sale By Owner), can make the headache even worse.

The basic rule in real estate is that all properties are unique. No two properties are the same. Homes differ and so do the contract terms, financing options, inspection requirements, and closing costs. Paperwork will be flying around like a tornado, and it’s helpful to have someone familiar with the process to deal with it.


Other parts of the transaction will be happening quickly as well – hiring inspectors, negotiating over who pays for needed repairs, and the like – all of which is second nature to an experienced agent. What’s more, experienced real estate agents have contact with good inspectors, mortgage loan brokers, and others who can make your buying process easier. Considering the Seller doesn’t have representation in an FSBO transaction, its important that you do!

Don’t let the maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating become overwhelming – it makes sense to hire a real estate professional who knows the process and can anticipate every move.

Work With Us

JKB Realty creates the most comprehensive and strategic marketing for all of our client’s properties. Our approach to marketing goes above and beyond competitors. The dedicated JKB marketing staff will maximize your sales price, and sell your property faster than the average realty company in Austin.

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