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Many people say they don't really feel like an adult until they buy their first home. It is a huge step. Rather than letting a landlord make all important repairs, you take on this responsibility yourself. You also get to build equity in the home over time, which can be a rather smart investment. At the same time, buying your first home can be a little intimidating. You may have questions about applying for a mortgage, setting a budget, and shopping efficiently. We hope to answer those questions with our helpful content. Your real estate agent is a good source of information, and so is this blog.


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Reasons To Buy A Resale Home

When you decide to buy a home, you have so many options available that you can easily be overwhelmed by the process. Should you buy a single-family, multi-family, condo, or new construction? If you want to consider a resale home, you should know the benefits and how it is sometimes a wiser choice than buying newly constructed homes.

What Is a Resale Home?

A resale home is any house with a previous owner. In some areas, most of the houses on the market are resale homes, while in other places—typically with rapid population growth—there are many new constructions for sale. When you purchase a resale home, there are some advantages, such as lower prices, larger lots, etc., but you need to make sure you choose the right one so you don't end up paying expensive repair and remodeling costs. 

Here are some of the reasons why it's wise to purchase a resale home.

Lower Price

One of the most significant advantages of purchasing a resale home is you will likely pay much less than you would for a similar new home. If you wanted, you could use your savings to make repairs or changes to make the resale home look and feel more modern. Alternatively, you might be able to afford a big enough home for your entire family, even if you couldn't qualify for one if it were new. 

Quality Building Materials

Many—but not all—new constructions are constructed in bulk to fill new neighborhoods and developments, and companies like to use the cheapest materials they can while following building codes. Older homes were built to last many generations and tend to be sturdy and well-built.

Less Competition

Since new construction ​​homes are usually located in places with growing populations, many people will try to buy them. Other buyers will likely price you out if you don't have extra money to bid over the asking price. When you find a resale home, there may still be many other potential buyers, but the competition will likely be less than it would be with a new home.

Large Lots

Do you dream of owning a home with a large backyard and a long driveway that gives you privacy from roads and neighbors? Most new houses are in dense neighborhoods and offer homeowners little space and privacy. Older resale homes tend to be on larger lots, so you may be able to find one with a big yard and more distance between you and your neighbors.

For more information on resale homes, contact a professional near you.