November 28, 2022

Top Five Questions to Ask a Seller’s Agent When Buying a New Home

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Top Five Questions to Ask a Seller’s Agent When Buying a New Home

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned buyer feeling a little lost in today’s historic housing market, it’s always wise to be armed with knowledge before you get those shiny, new house keys in your hands. To fuel that knowledge, you should go directly to the source for answers. When buying a home, the best direct source is the seller’s agent. He or she should know everything about – not only the property you’re considering purchasing – but also the builder, the community where your potential new home is based and the area that surrounds that community. At Green River Builders, we’re proud to partner with the seasoned professionals at Platinum Key Realty of Georgia.They have become students of the floor plans we build, the features we offer, our building process and the areas where our communities are based. We looked to them for inspiration for the top five questions you should ask your selling agent when buying a new home…

1)     What Can I Expect During the Construction Process and What Are Potential Challenges to Our Timeline?

Supply and labor shortages have caused longer than usual construction timelines for many builders. Your selling agent should be able to give you a real-time snapshot of what to expect, based on the activity of the last few months. If GreenRiver Builders is building your new home, you can expect regular communications to keep you updated on any potential delays due to unforeseen challenges and possible needs for material changes due to unexpected shortages.Don’t worry! Our communications won’t ALL be negative. We’ll also be happy to deliver positive news about the progress on your new home as we make our way from foundation and framing to sheetrock and flooring placement. If the timeline for a homesite to completed home doesn’t match your need, be sure to ask if there are any inventory homes you can tour.

2)     What Can You Tell Me About the Quality of the Schools That Serve This Community?

If you’re the parent to school-age children, this is likely an especially important question for you. Depending on the age of your little learners, you’ll want to know the names of the elementary, middle and high schools that serve the community in which you are considering. is an excellent resource for rankings, statistics and parent reviews on each of those schools. If you have a stay-at-home parent in the household, both the popularity and quality of online learning sources are skyrocketing on the heels of the pandemic.

3)     Are There Any Available Options for Your Floorplans?

While many builders may present “what you see is what you get” floor plans, Green River Builders is proud to offer a number of attractive options in most – if not all – of our floor plans.We know that families come in all shapes and sizes, and they have a wide variety of needs and wishes. We want you to have a home that FEELS like home from day one – meeting your family’s unique needs while exceeding your expectations. You deserve flexible living spaces that can grow with you from playroom to teen media space or rooms that can be converted from something like a study to an extra bedroom – depending on your need.

4)     I Know What I Like, But I’m Not Comfortable Designing a Home. Can You Recommend aTalented Interior Designer to Help Me?

This is a top concern for many homebuyers. Where some homebuilders don’t give you many (or any) choices where the design of your home is concerned, Green River Builders is honored to provide a wide variety of finishes and fixtures that will make your home uniquely your own. And we don’t stop there! We also provide the services of a skilled interior designer who will take the time to learn about your tastes and work closely with you to design a beautiful home. We’ll start with an initial kickoff meeting with your onsite agent to sign your contract, then schedule a design session with our professional interior designer to select colors, on-trend fixtures, high-end finishes and all the special touches that are unique to you and your family.

5)     How Do I Secure This Home TODAY?

While other builders may allow bidding wars on a home, Green River Builders and PlatinumKey Realty of Georgia offers a “first-come, first-served” selling model for presales we’re building from the ground up. You’ll simply need to show your prequalification letter from a mortgage lender, pay an earnest fee and sign a contract to secure the home you love. Then construction will begin, and you can meet with our designer to being making that home your own. If someone else got to the home you really want before you were able to secure it yourself, be sure to leave your name and contact information with us. We may be able to build that same floor plan on a comparable homesite or recommend a similar floor plan that will fit your family’s needs.

Green River Builders is currently building in Trove in Watkinsville, as well as around Lake Oconee. We have representatives from Platinum Key “on the ground” at Trove – primed and ready to answer any questions you may have. If you’re seeking a luxury lake home on Lake Oconee, please call us at 770-790-1096 or send us an email at learn more about Green River Builders, visit us online at

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