Build Your Next Backyard

It’s a commons misconception when buying a newly constructed home that there is no need for a REALTOR® of your own. Nothing can be further from the truth. As a REALTOR®, I have the inside scoop and can offer advantages that the builder cannot.

If you already found the location you would like to build your new home, don’t depend on the builder or sale representative to help you through the new construction home buying process. Bringing me into the process can help you in many ways, including saving money on upgrades and overall costs.


  1. The sales agent works for the builder. When you walk into a model home, the friendly salesperson who greets you is employed by the builder. Their bottom line is not to help you – it’s to generate sales for their boss – the builder. I will be your partner in the process. I work for you and your best interest throughout the entire journey. As an experienced REALTOR®, there is a change that I have potentially worked with this builder in the past, and I already have relationships that will help negotiations run smoothly.

  2. I can help you stick within your budget. In new construction real estate, there are endless selections available to you. It is easy to want all the fancy bells & whistles, but when you have a set budget that you need to stick within, I can help you stay on track. If you’re trying to decide what upgrades to go with and what to skip, I can help!  I will focus on negotiating with the builder on upgrades to get you the best deal possible!

  3. I am aware of builder promotions and may be able to help you negotiate. While I may not be able to negotiate the overall price of the home, I will not stop at negotiating for some of those fancy upgrades. Often REALTORs can negotiate with the builder on things like paint color or even garage door style, especially if the new construction is in the beginning stages.

  4. I won’t allow you to be pressured into a certain lender. Most builders have their own “preferred” lender that they will try to steer you to, but I will encourage you to shop around to get the mortgage that works best for your financial situation.

  5. I genuinely want to help you. My bottom line is to keep you informed and get you the best deal possible. When there is an issue or problem during construction, as a REALTOR®, I have your best interest in mind when working on any corrective measures.  Without a REALTOR®, the builder will only be looking out for their best interest.  Having experience working through building and construction issues, I know what can and should be done to correct issues or help in working out monetary compensation for the ones that cannot be resolved.


If you want to be sure that I will be looking out for your best interest, tell the builder on your very first contact that you are already working with an agent; me! If you do not communicate this information upfront when you are buying new construction, I won’t be able to represent you and watch out for your best interest.  Any inquiry either on-line or in-person that is made where a REALTOR® is not registered or mentioned is difficult to get added to the process.

Know that I will gladly visit with you the areas and projects that you are interested in to guide you through the process from the beginning.



Posted on December 15, 2020 at 8:22 pm
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Uncategorized |

Make An Offer

For most of the buyers, this is where the nerves show up. You found a home that you want. The listing price is only a starting point and I will guide you to make the most attractive offer, whether it’s below, at or above listing price. Once the offer is submitted you get to wait, and it will seem interminable. I will be with you through what comes next.

Step 7: Make an offer on a home you love

Step 8: You have an accepted contract. Now what?






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Posted on March 29, 2020 at 3:10 am
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Buyer Step by Step |

Get Ready

If you are financing your new home and we survived the inspection period, this is the time to pay close attention to your finances. Never miss a payment, make sure you are following the instructions of your lender, and also make the phone calls needed to make your home ready for you when you move in.

Step 17: Hire movers and start packing

Step 18: Hook up your utilities

Step 19: Get your down payment ready

Step 20: Secure your new home

Step 21: What is clear to close

Step 22: Wire transfer your down payment





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Posted on March 29, 2020 at 2:00 am
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Buyer Step by Step |


This is the day. Even when we will just sit around a table signing, it can be exhausting. You will go through a few steps this day and you will be a homeowner! The contract will specify exactly how soon you get to move in, and on that day you will get the keys and move in! I will get my REALTOR ® hat off, and put my friend one.

Step 23: Attend the walkthrough

Step 24: Attend closing

Step 25:  Wrapping things up





Back to the Beginning

Posted on March 29, 2020 at 1:00 am
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Buyer Step by Step |

Inspection Period

If our offer included an inspection, this is a big day. Not only you will have an expert looking over the home to make sure there are no unseen defects that we might negotiate to have fixed. This is the day that you will spend the most time in your future home before closing. You can start measuring things and figuring out what goes where!

Step 9:  Schedule the home inspection

Step 10: Don’t spend extra money

Step 11: Schedule the closing on your calendar

Step 12: Set up homeowner’s insurance

Step 13: What is the inspection period?

Step 14: Attend the home inspection

Step 15: Read the inspection report

Step 16: The appraisal





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Posted on March 29, 2020 at 12:17 am
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Buyer Step by Step |

Thinking on Buying

You are doing the numbers, thought about where you are in life and you think it is time to buy a home. Knowing what to expect can reduce some of the anxiety and help you find your way to your new home.

Before you start looking for the perfect place, you need to be prepared to be the one that snags it from other buyers!

Step 1: Find a Realtor you feel will be your advocate

Step 2: Get Pre-Approved for a mortgage

Step 3: Download our home buyer’s checklist





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Posted on March 28, 2020 at 3:30 am
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Buyer Step by Step |

Look For It


By this time we’ve talked about what you really want and need in a home. Knowing this, your price range, and my knowledge of the area you want to live, I will send you a list of matching homes in the market and start our hunt!

Step 4: Find the home of your dreams: the 80/10/10 rule

Step 5: Time for showings

Step 6: Do you want a home warranty?







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Posted on March 28, 2020 at 3:20 am
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Buyer Step by Step |

Get Ready

No matter where you’re moving, moving is time-consuming and could get expensive. If you’re buying and selling simultaneously, you might consider temporary housing, so you don’t have to worry about timing your sale and purchase perfectly. Along with moving, you will have to make a lot of phone calls to all kinds of service providers! We will help you by taking it all off of your hands through our C21 Utility Connect, or by reminders from our administrative team.

Step 18:  Schedule the Closing Date On Your Calendar

Step 19:  Hire Movers and Start Packing!

Step 20:  Schedule to Disconnect Your Utilities

Step 21:  Cancel or Transfer Your Homeowner’s Insurance

Step 22:  Hire a Cleaning Person





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Posted on March 25, 2020 at 6:11 pm
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Uncategorized |

Inspection Period

This is the stage of our journey that I will be closest to you. At this time, knowing all of the deadlines agreed on the contract, and keeping them in mind is crucial. The home inspection a buyer does on your home can bring potential issues that can come up between the time you accept an offer and closing day. If our buyer is financing the home, the appraisal could also become a hurdle. Here is where my value as a negotiator will come to play.

Step 16:  The Home Inspection

Step 17:  The Appraisal







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Posted on March 25, 2020 at 6:01 pm
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Uncategorized |

Accept An Offer

Getting that great offer is a great hurdle to the process of selling your house, but once your house goes under contract, we are still jumping through the hoops! But don’t worry, I will go through each one of them along with you:

Step 13: We’ve Received an Offer

Step 14: We have an accepted offer!

Step 15: We Couldn’t Come to An Agreement.  (this might not be your case!)







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Posted on March 25, 2020 at 5:49 pm
Lee Ann Balta | Posted in Uncategorized |