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The age of the home is totally a personal choice. They both have pros and cons.
Granite Bay, CA
John McCormack, CRS
MIKE ROCK I think it depends on the buyer. Some people like established neighborhoods and others like new construction.
Good Monday morning Mike. I'm seeing that same trend in this area. It does drive the cost of properties up.
Mike - New will obviously, or should obviously not have any maintenance issues, and would include warranties. However, buying new is typically more expensive, and you often have to purchase window coverings, landscape the yard, paint the interior, etc.
Buying an older home will probably require some maintenance, older everything (a/c unit, water heater, etc), but will be less expensive, and may already have landscaped yard, etc.
Depends if you are talking about a home built in the 1950's or 2013, versus brand new, and depends on how the individual owner has maintained the property (upgrades, updates, remodeling, etc).
The focus would be on the qualify of hte construction. As John McCormack stated, it is a matter of personal choice.
Newer homes less maintenance but depends on neiborhood they want
New is more energy efficient, stronger and safer. To get it this way you have to pay the price.
I've not yet met a client who wants a new build in my entire career. Different strokes for different folks!