Homeownership and The Top Three Benefits of Buying New
If you’re currently in the market for a home, there are several reasons why new is better than resale. Here are the top three:
1. Greater Energy Efficiency
New homes are built in a way that not only provide savings on a homeowner’s utility bills, but also have a less harmful effect on the environment.
With a focus on reducing energy consumption, all new homes built today are required to meet the energy standards of the California State Energy Commission and Title 24, a state approved energy code for all new construction. What this means for homebuyers is cost savings (of varying degrees) on water and energy bills.
While the environmental engineering on homes isn’t something that most people think about, it can have a huge impact on homeowners’ pocketbooks in both the short- and long-run. It’s also something that a lot of existing resale homes can’t compete with (unless they were to undergo major renovations). Some of these features include AC condensers, insulation within walls and attic space, meters that exceed codes, fan wattage, and furnace coils that are rated for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly refrigerant.
Some of the more easily recognized energy efficient cost-saving features are Energy Star rated appliances, dual-glazed windows with energy saving glass to keep cool air inside and the sun’s heat out in the summer, tankless water heaters, low-flow shower heads and low-flush toilets – things that usually come standard in a new home, but would cost thousands in upgrades on an older one.
2. Less Maintenance & Hassle
Buying a new home means new everything – roof, paint, walls, floors, plumbing, windows, appliances and more. This means less time and money spent on maintenance when compared to a resale home that has been through years of wear and tear. Knowing what you are getting in your home allows you to eliminate any concerns about what may or may not have been done with construction or maintenance in the past.
For example, the majority of California homebuilder MBK Homes’ communities feature best-in-class materials such as high-end Stego Wrap Moisture barriers and rain gutters, which reduces the possibility moisture damage under floors and in walls. Additionally, concrete tile roofs come with at 25-35 year life expectancy. Spending less time and money on the upkeep of your home allows you to spend more on the things you and your family want to, whether it be on vacations, furniture, hobbies or other activities.
3. More Customization
New homes also provide homeowners with the ability to customize their space. Not only do new home communities generally have several floor plans to select from, but buyers almost always have the ability to select their own flooring, cabinets, countertops and paint. They have the ability to really make the home their own.
MBK Homes, for example, offers unique designer selected P3 flooring packages at each of its communities that provide buyers with cost savings and a customized look and feel. Each of the three flooring packages offered – preferred, premium and premier – can be applied to any of the residence floor plans and is available in a variety of color choices.
In many Southern California cities, the main challenge to owning new is the high demand and lack of inventory available. Fortunately, there are new infill communities such at Vineland Metro in North Hollywood that is providing a new type of housing option.
Located at 6552 North Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood (on the corner of Vineland and Kittridge), Vineland Metro by MBK Homes is the only new for sale product available in the area, which is central to major employment centers and adjacent to the NoHo Arts District eateries, shops, and entertainment venues. The community features 27 two-story detached Spanish and cottage-style homes with private outdoor areas and up to five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Starting in the mid- $400,000s, the homes are an attractive option for people currently living in or looking to relocate to the North Hollywood area. Sales began at the community last month and continue to remain strong, confirming the demand for new housing in the area.
The Vineland Metro sales center and model home is open daily. Stop in to talk with a new home consultant or visit www.MBKHomes.com/VinelandMetro for more information before the homes are gone.
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