Wilmington, NC home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes would like to share an article courtesy of Yahoo! News that gives 9 things to consider when deciding whether to build a new home or purchase a resale.

As the mortgage crisis continues to inundate the market with distressed properties, today’s house hunter has no shortage of cheap, foreclosed homes to pick through. But despite all those deals in the previously-owned home market, consumers shouldn’t overlook the potential benefits of building a new home.

1. Customization: Many home builders allow buyers to participate in the process of designing their property, which helps create a living space specifically tailored to the consumer’s tastes.

2. Building Envelope: Newly constructed homes use energy more efficiently. They tend to have a tighter-sealed building envelope that helps prevent conditioned air–cool air in the summer, warm air in the winter–from escaping.

3. Green Appliances: More energy-efficient mechanics of the house help reduce utility bills.

4. Fewer Repairs: The features of newly constructed homes will hold up better than those of existing homes, which may have experienced years of wear and tear.

5. Less Maintenance: Today’s new homes are engineered specifically to minimize maintenance requirements and many products on the market promote less maintenance requirements.

6. Warranty: Builders agree to take care of the repair work that becomes necessary in newly constructed homes for at least the first year.

7. Fire Safety: Newly constructed homes often include fire safety features that may not be present in properties built years ago.

8. Concessions: Especially in today’s sluggish housing market, buyers may be able to squeeze more concessions out of a home building company than an individual seller.

9. Financing: New home buyers may be able to take advantage of mortgage financing perks.

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