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Showing posts with label resale home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label resale home. Show all posts

March 23, 2011

Buy an Existing Home or a New Construction Home?

Hi Folks,
   Welcome back. I missed all of you !

   Today, we will tackle the question that you may or may not have pondered before: Should You Buy a Resale or a New Construction Home?

   Many factors that need to be taken into account revolve around you, the buyer. Jennifer A. Chiongbian, an SVP and Associate Broker of Sales, Rentals & Investment Properties, says that she believes that the buyer should, "first and foremost consider what is most important, space, prestige of living in a new building and/or amenities."

   In terms of purchasing a resale home (existing home), let's look at some advantages and disadvantages. As Chiongbian says, some advantages of a resale home include the fact that perhaps, "the building is more established; and will be easier for your bank to ascertain the viability of a loan since it will be much more stable, in terms of its capital reserves, determining the amount of sponsor units left in the building; and generally will have an established history of primary residents, investors, renters." Additionally, she says that the re-sale units of old post war buildings tend to have more "space friendly layouts without all the pomp and circumstance.", including larger sized bedrooms, better use of layout and windows that are, "not as attractive as the floor to ceiling windows offered in new construction, but much more user friendly." Doug Andraka, a Mortgage Banker and Host of "Real Estate Radio - Philadelphia", mentions some other advantages, such as, "typically" a much lower sale price, lower real estate taxes, negotiating power with the current seller, who may be very motivated to sell.

   "With a re-sale, the disadvantage is you stand a good chance of having to renovate something in the apartment" says Chiongbian, who adds that, "this includes you being responsible for finding your own reputable contractor, and possibly living in the unit while the construction is going on; because the buyer will not be able to touch the unit until title is fully turned over." Andraka also says that, "there may be more maintenance, more fix-up work, and the house may not be just the way you like it (colors, floors, tile, etc.)"

   In terms of new construction homes and properties, Chiongbian says that, "One obvious advantage to new construction is that they can be turn key properties with out having to do any renovations", and that, "the builder is more open to doing combined units, semi-customizing your wants with their own team in place, and all you need is your imagination as to what you would like or how the actual finished product will be envisioned". Andraka adds that, "everything is new. Maintenance should be low. Buyers have their choice of appliances, paint colors, carpets, tiles, etc."

   As for disadvantages, Andraka mentions a higher price, higher real estate taxes, and a longer process (6-12 months) for delivery. This can add an interest rate risk as well.

   Overall, summarizes Julie Vanderblue of the Vanderblue Team, it "depends", and she says that, "In this market, there is amazing opportunity in both...finished new construction just sitting there with the builder sweating bullets...you may want to rent to own or buy at discount...half finished new construction offers great opportunity....resale of a few years young is great as the property has already gotten the kinks out and settled...and if the sellers are getting out so soon their is usually a financial motivation..."

   What are your thoughts on this? Would you like a brand new home or an existing/resale home based on this information? We'd love to hear from you.

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Website http://www.lease2buy.com

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