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Tips in Choosing Between Existing and New Homes December 28, 2009

Posted by minnesotarealty in MN Realty.
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Buying a brand new home as a first time home buyer in Minnesota is an attractive proposition for most; you get to move into a completely new living space with brand new amenities and don’t have to worry about maintenance and renovations for at least the first year.

Nevertheless, brand new properties are more expensive than existing ones and you’re not always sure what awaits you in the new neighborhood you will be living in.

Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of each scenario can help you make the best decision about your new home purchase; consider the following important points as you get started on the home buying process:

1. To what extent would you be wanting to pay for your desired property? Because of its newness, all brand new homes in Minnesota are priced at a premium; this means that you will be the one to get a taste of everything it offers, from the moment you entered your new property.

2. How important is resale value to you? Existing Minnesota homes for sale can have slower appreciation than newly-constructed ones, as explicated by Ilyce Glink (writer of the book ‘100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask’). If you are planning on selling your home in the very near future, a brand new home may have a higher market value shortly after you move in, making it easier to sell the home for a profit.

3. Can you easily adapt to a new neighborhood? New home construction developments can grow at a rapid pace, and if you’re one of the first few homeowners in the area, you won’t have a strong idea of what the neighborhood is really like until more people move in.If you have family consisting of smaller children or elderly living with you, it can be great to factor in safety and security by finding out your options as far as making your property safe.

4. Do you want to invest time and money to renovate a home? Existing homes can appreciate tremendously in value if you have the time and resources to invest in renovations and maintenance. Finding good investments that will work in the long run but can be profitable even in a shorter time is possible with a ‘fixer upper’.

5. Which do you prefer, a primary residence or an investment? Most beginning homebuyers want investment properties that they can soon turn into a profitable business. However, older and mature homebuyers prefer primary residence mainly for purposes of settling down or establishing themselves in the neighborhood. Consider what your short-term and long-term goals are so you can make the best decision for your first home purchase.

Based from your goals (both longterm and short term) and the amount of money you are willing to shed off your pocket – thats when you decide to have either a new or existing home. Consider all of the above questions when you’re deciding between the two options so you can make the best investment with your resources.

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