3 Pros 3 Cons Of Buying New Construction

Dated: 05/23/2018

Views: 107

-AA+A

3 Pros, 3 Cons of Buying New Construction

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018


Pros

  1. Less wear and tear. Buyers of new construction can expect fewer imperfections in the product, says Terrylynn Fisher, CRS, GRI, a professional stager and associate broker with Dudum Real Estate Group in Walnut Creek, Calif. Scratched floors and cracks in walls, for example, are more commonplace in resale homes than new ones. Finishes and design flourishes in new homes may also be brighter and more colorful because they are untouched.

  2. Built-in technology. While many homeowners have been slow to adopt smart-home technology, developers are jumping on the bandwagon more quickly and incorporating smart features into their projects, says Sce Pike, founder and CEO of Portland, Ore.-based software company IOTAS. Smart door locks and thermostats are among the most popular products developers request, but some are eyeing more comprehensive packages that include smart humidity sensors and the ability to control access to a home remotely, Pike adds.

  3. It’s a blank canvas. Buyers may feel more like they are designing a home specifically for them when starting from scratch with a brand-new home, which can be a big psychological motivator in a purchase decision, Fisher says. Though resale buyers, too, have the opportunity to make a home their own, they may not feel complete ownership of its style because they’re either adding to, morphing, or covering up the previous owner’s sense of style, says Christine Rae, founder of the Certified Staging Professionals International Business Training Academy.

Cons

  1. Flaws due to building shortcuts. Builders may take shortcuts in the construction process to cut costs, and that can result in blemishes in the home. Fisher says one of her buyers recently bought a new home and discovered about six aesthetic problems that were caused during construction, including an unsightly gap at the top of a shower that made the framing behind the wall visible. “It was like a bad flip that appeared beautiful on the outside,” she says. “You’re going to have a more substantial house in an older home because it’s had owners that have cared for it.”

  2. Style over functionality. Builders are hyperfocused on open floor plans, as it’s a top priority for today’s buyers. But that often requires sacrificing storage space, Rae says. To achieve a truly open space, builders often have to decrease the size of closets and other areas of the home designed for storage. That can be problematic for meeting the needs of buyers who envision purchasing a long-term residence.

  3. Incomplete curb appeal. Many builders put all of their effort—and investment—into the front of the house so it looks good to potential buyers driving by. But they’ll sometimes leave the backyard unattended to, Fisher says. Many new-home buyers may have to assume all the costs of backyard landscaping, including planting grass or laying sod, as well as planting trees and other shrubbery. This can be a huge expense, too.

—Graham Wood, REALTOR® Magazine

Want to Advertise on this Site?

Latest Blog Posts

What Do You Should Know About Home Inspection

10 Things Every Buyer Should Know About Home InspectionsCongratulations, your offer was accepted and you’re going to be a homeowner! After you’ve made all your phone calls to share the big

Read More

SOLANA RESORT OPEN HOUSE NEAR DISNEY

Solana Resort, near Disney World and Orlando, is a well established, exclusive gated community of holiday Mediterranean style homes that features a large clubhouse with all the facilities that you

Read More

Hurricane Season Is Here Are You Prepared

Hurricane season is here. Are you prepared? Protect the life you’ve built with flood insurance. The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most devastating and costly on

Read More

Sep 13 2018 48719 1

Helping Clients Who’ve Inherited a House September 12, 2018Buying and selling real estate can be an emotionally-charged venture, especially when it involves property that belonged to a

Read More