Building a house vs. buying. It’s a question that faces many who enter the housing market. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’re looking for something that better fits your family’s needs, it’s a question that you’ll likely have to consider.
Whatever direction you decide to go, it’s important to compare the positives and negatives that come with building a house vs. buying. That way you can make the decision that best fits your needs.
5 Advantages to Building a Home
- Customization. When you build a home, you have input on the design and can ensure the final construction includes all the features you want and need.
- Up-to-code. Newer homes are built to meet all current building codes, and you have the ability to ensure that your home includes energy-efficient features that will save you money in the long term.
- No competition. Currently, demand for existing homes is higher than the number of homes available for purchase. Homes are on the market for shorter time frames and you are more likely to face competing bids. When you build a home, you eliminate that competition.
- No need for immediate repairs or renovations. You won’t have to worry about scheduling repairs to fix issues found during a home inspection. You also won’t have to budget for renovations to add features to the home. Your new home will most likely come with a warranty, which should cover any repairs that do come up during the first year.
- Potential for higher return on investment. Typically, there is higher demand for newer homes, so if the time comes when you need to sell, the value of your home may be much higher than older homes on the market.
5 Advantages to Buying an Existing Home
- Lower cost. According to HomeAdvisor, the national average cost of building a home is just under $293,000. Real Estate website Zillow.com shows the median home value of a single-family house is a little more than $225,000.
- Takes less time. Building from scratch can take months to complete. Buying and closing on an existing home can take far less time and you’re able to move in as soon as you’ve closed on the house.
- Convenience. When building a new home, you have to consider every detail, including where to purchase land, the design of the home, and all of the fixtures and trims you want included. These decisions are already made when buying an existing home, which can make it a less stressful process.
- More room for negotiation. A real estate agent can help negotiate the price of an existing home so you get the best deal possible. There is less room for negotiation when dealing with contractors on the build of a new home.
- Can make upgrades over time. While an existing home may not have every feature you want, you can take time to make upgrades as they become necessary and as you are able to save for them.
Are you ready to build or buy your house?
Essentially, it boils down to your budget, your timeframe and the design aesthetics important to you. These among other factors will help you make the right decision.
5 STEPS TO BUYING A HOME
Beginning the home buying journey the very first time can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s an overview of the home buying process in five steps.
Whether you decide to buy an existing home or build new, we can help you with financing. Talk to a Mortgage Banker so you know what to expect.