Kim asked if it is necessary to have a Real Estate Consultant assist you with the purchase of a new home?
Answer: Yes. Be sure to have your own representation. Walking into the door without your Real Estate Consultant means that the sales agent represents the builder and the builders money. A sales agent is not a Licensed Texas Realtor! So the sales agent is not required to give you necessary details of the contract IF you don't ask.
Your Real Estate Consultant has a business relationship with most builders and know which builders will negotiate and provide builder incentives. Your Real Estate Consultant also represents your needs regarding the build and any issues before and after closing.
Your Real Estate Consultant should be the FIRST person you contact when you are driving around on a Sunday looking at new properties.