New Build? Pre-Owned? How to Choose…

by Tyler Grossman 03/04/2019

First-time homebuyers often gravitate to newly-built homes, and for good reason. In a new build, the buyer often gets to choose finishes, fixtures, and flooring. Newer homes have higher energy-efficiency standards and meet up-to-date codes. Most of all, no one else lived there before you. It’s all virgin territory.

Advantages of new builds
Some new builds offer even more customization, letting the buyer participate in design choices, make minor layout changes, and upgrades to appliances, faucets, backsplashes, and lighting.

Another advantage to a newly built home is that no one else has lived in it. This may be especially important to those with pet allergies or other sensitivities. You already know that no dog or cat dander is hiding in the ducts or illness-triggering spice lurks in the range hood.

Often, new homes come with warranties—ranging as high as ten years— providing protection for expensive appliances such as air-conditioning and heating units, water heaters and spa tubs.

Some disadvantages
With all there is to love in a new build, there are a few disadvantages to consider when making your choice.

  • Ongoing construction: if you’re an early buyer in a new development, expect an impact from dust and noise from other homes under construction. Be aware of debris and hazards on new streets from dropped roofing nails to spilled gravel and traffic slowdowns from construction trucks and trailers delivering building supplies and equipment.
  • Fewer neighbors: in a newly developed neighborhood, you might not have neighbors for a while.
  • Limited services: when a whole area is under development, you may need to drive farther to shop, find fuel, or get to basic services like urgent care facilities.
  • Increased assessments: some communities have extra assessments and taxes on developing neighborhoods to repay the city for water and sewer lines, streets and street lights and other city services.
  • Limited landscaping and greenspace: while under development, common-area landscaping, parks, and playgrounds may need to wait for completion of infrastructure, streets, and other necessities. Many new developments have no mature trees or other advanced greenery, so the “feel” is completely different from a mature neighborhood.
  • Schools and libraries may be farther: until the new development needs its own school, the nearest school may be some distance away.
  • Lifestyle limits: restaurants, nightlife, and cultural events may be more difficult to get to.

Before deciding if a new home works for you, talk to your real estate professional about all your options.

About the Author

Author
Tyler Grossman

It's been an exciting decade working in the trenches of Marin Real estate!  Experiencing all the highs and lows of the always changing Marin market.  In fact, it can be different from street to street, week to week, and certainly for each and every home.  As a Marin native, I know the ins and outs of all the various neighborhoods, including schools, parks/trails, restaurants/shopping, transportation, and all the various aspects I need to know for our clients.  I feel so blessed to be able to raise my 2 children (Reed -7, Paige - 5) here with my wife Beth.  Although expensive, we know every day why it's worth it!

I partner with my mom Marti, who has over 30 years of experience in the business and has been very successful and highly respected.  Together we pool our experience, knowledge base, technical savvy, networking groups, and provide our clients with a true value of 2 for the price of 1.  Marti has excellent working and friendly relationships with all the older guard or agents, as i do with the more contemporary ones.  We are always leveraging our relationships to put our clients in the best positions.

Team Grossman has a long track record of sales success that we are happy to share with you.  We are as comfortable and committed to selling $250,000 co-op's to $2M estates.  We are 100% committed to our clients throughout the real estate relationship and beyond. We earn the trust and respect of our clients, who recognize that we are always willing to go above and beyond to provide the best service we can possible give, in order to make your real estate buying or selling needs come true. 

I have been in real estate since 2005, including every time of residential sale, including single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, income investment properties, bank owned properties (REOs) short sales, houseboats and land. Over the years, I have earned the trust and respect of my clients, and often made good new friends along the way.  I have been recognized by my company for various Sales Achievement and Client Service Awards throughout my career.

I ask that you meet with us to get to know us and how we run our business, and allow us to earn your business.  Thanks for that opportunity and can't wait to hear from you.

- Tyler