Is it better to buy a new or resale home?
(NC) The decision to buy a home is usually both exciting and daunting. While you may know the size or style of home you want, such as condominium or townhouse, the choice between a new or resale home is another important consideration.
Both new and resale homes have their advantages and drawbacks, which may range from having a home with character and history to customizing a brand new space for a turnkey experience.
“What some people may not know is that there are different legal considerations when purchasing a new versus resale home,” says Ray Leclair, vice president of public affairs at LAWPRO. “Purchasing a home is a significant investment, so be sure to protect it by addressing uncertainties with a real estate lawyer.”
To help in your decision-making between a new or resale home, Leclair advises considering the following factors:
• The work is compliant with the latest construction and safety code requirements;
• Warranties for construction/appliance/system defects provide peace of mind;
• A building-location survey is generally available.
• Construction may not be completed in time for the proposed move-in;
• The buying decision may be based on plans, rather than actually viewing the property or seeing a similar model;
• There may be ongoing construction around the home or in the neighbourhood and landscaping and upgrades are discouraged while work proceeds or within warranty periods.
• Buyers can see what they are buying and have the opportunity to inspect the home;
• Generally the home will be in an established neighbourhood without ongoing construction;
• The neighbourhood landscape and infrastructure is known and ready to enjoy – think parks, schools and shopping.
• There will likely be no warranties or recourse if a defect is discovered;
• It may be difficult to see any hidden problems and there is no guarantee that plumbing, electrical or the construction are up-to-code;
• If there is a building-location survey, it is likely dated.
While these lists aren't comprehensive, they can help buyers determine what's most important when shopping for a new home. Ultimately, the key is to make an informed decision and find something that suits budget, neighbourhood preferences and personal style.
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