New Vs Old

New Vs Old

Now most of you by now know I work in the Real Estate industry as a Realtor now and previously as a new home sales agent. As a new home sales agent, and growing up in the new home world, I've become accustomed to the benefits of going new vs. resale. It makes you think, why would anyone want to buy a home that was previously lived in when they could buy a brand new home for almost the same amount (in most cases) Well over time and dealing with both, resale and new homes there are pros and cons with both that I'd love to share.
Energy Efficiency is a HUGE importance to Arizona residents, when it's 110 degrees out and we are cranking our A/C's down to 75 everyday, you want to make sure your home is energy efficient or as we all know we get slammed with a $400+ bill every months for 3 or 4 months during the Summer months, conveniently the hottest months are "peak" months which cause us to be charged more anyways.  This being said, when you live in a home that has dual pane, Low-E windows and upgraded insulation you're saving yourself a lot in the long run because these things really help to cut down your energy bill! I've seen it! These are things you would find in a new home.
Location is another huge importance to homebuyers! Location, Location, Location is a phrase that is nailed into our heads from day one. It's all about location. Take the city I grew up in, Tempe, for example. Tempe is small and land locked, there is no room to grow but up, which means you will NOT be finding any new home communities in this city. So if you're like me and love the central location that Tempe offers you would go for a resale. Now because Tempe is such a sought after city the land itself the home is sitting on could be just as much or more than the actual house. That is something to take into consideration when looking to buy in a place like that, you will pay more for the location.
As years go on the style of homes can change, especially with the times and what people are looking for. For instance in recent years in the towns of Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley you see more communities with what are called "cluster homes" These communities wanted to maximize the amount of people they could get to live there because at the time these cities were growing very rapidly and still are for the most part. Cluster homes are where 2 or 3 homes share a common drive way and either don't have a backyard or not a very big one at all and typically they are always 2 story. You could potentially get 2 or 3 home on one lot which in a normal neighborhood would hold one standard size home with a good or decent sized backyard. Now the pros of these are you have less maintenance on yard work etc. You usually have a community pool you get to share which is a good feature to have when you don't have a private one. Cons would be if you like your privacy, I probably wouldn't suggest because you are potentially sharing a driveway with others and the homes are pretty close together. This is just one style of home that has popped up in different, growing cities in the valley.  But these would be a newer home, so if you want a specific new age style you would stick with the new build.
As you can see there is a lot to consider when you are looking for a new home, all the more reason to make sure you have a Realtor to cover all the basis with you so you aren't missing anything! Lucky for me, I now specialize in both new homes and resale. We just opened a new home community with a new age style "patio" home in East Mesa at Alta Mesa Golf Course. If you are ever in the area come by and see us at Clubhouse Village and take a tour of our Models. You won't be let down I promise! And of course if you ever have any questions about Real Estate you know who to talk to! :) Happy House Hunting Everyone!

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Dated: June 19th 2014
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