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What Type of Home is Best for You - New or Used

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By : Sandra Wilken    99 or more times read
Itís important to consider all of your options before signing on the dotted line. Choosing between buying a new Scottsdale home or a previously owned one can be an agonizing decision to make. Sure, there are some serious advantages to owning a new Scottsdale home, new fixtures and the latest regulationsĖ but before committing to a developer, you should take the time to see whatís already available on the market. You might just get a fantastic deal on an older home, with more amenities than you expected.

Four top advantages to buying a new home include:

  • When you get a new Arizona home, youíre also getting new insulation, plumbing and heating/air. Repairing or replacing these things can cost more than a mortgage payment, so this can be a real money saver.

  • Most states require builders to offer warranties on new homes. Sometimes, these warranties can extend up to 10 years Ė so you can rest assured that your new Scottsdale home has been made to last. With pre-owned homes, itís up to the Seller to decide whether or not to include a warranty (although itís common for Buyers to request them).

  • Every new home in Arizona has been built with the latest safety codes and regulations, by law.

  • When you buy a new Arizona home, you often have the option to choose the fixtures you want which means you can get exactly what you want, right away, which can save you money on renovations.

Nevertheless, there are also some significant benefits to buying a previously owned home:

  • With foreclosures and short sales taking place every day, great deals on older homes are easy to come by. With the housing market being what it is these days; itís harder to get a similar deal on a new home in Scottsdale.

  • Itís often cheaper to renovate an older home than it is to have a new Scottsdale home customized. With some time, research and luck, you might even be able to find a pre-owned home that already has the same features and finishes youíve always wanted Ė without any added cost involved.

  • Many new housing plans are more centrally located, so if youíre looking for something closer to the city (or your job, or in a particular school district), itís probably a smarter move to buy a pre-owned house instead of a new Scottsdale home.

  • Older homes have had time to ďsettle,Ē so you know if there are problems with the foundation and general construction of the house before you buy it.

It is important to find a perceptive Realtor who can help you determine the best option for your needs. It is also important to make sure you plainly express your desires to be sure you get exactly what you envision.
Founded in 1995, Sandra Wilken Luxury Properties was first recognized for representing major Luxury Homes Scottsdale, including Red Rock and Gainey Ranch. She is one of the top real estate agents in Scottsdale. In recent years S.W.L.P. has grown to service Arizona's most prestigious communities in the Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Biltmore area of Phoenix.

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