Friday, July 28, 2017

The “Not-So-Obvious” Benefits of Buying New

Bob Barreto

By Bob Barreto, President
Home Builders Association of Greenville

Home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new.  Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or town home often cite, as factors driving their choice, energy-efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, and paint colors.

But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that are not as obvious.

Building a Community Together
A new home often comes with a new community. When families move into a new community at the same time, lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness are formed right away. Nobody is the “new kid on the block.”

Community Amenities
New communities generally offer popular amenities like pools, walking trails and athletic courts. Some new communities are geared toward residents in the same stage of life. Whether you have a young family, or consider yourself to be an “active retirees,” you can find a community that meets your family’s needs.

Throwing a party in an older home can be a challenge because smaller, distinct rooms make it difficult to entertain guests. Most new homes offer larger, open floor plans ideal for entertaining. We have all heard that parties usually end up in the kitchen. What better way to solve that problem than to have your kitchen in the great room?

A Clean Slate
Parking your car in a sparkling-clean garage, or being the first to cook a dinner in a brand-new kitchen, is part of the appeal of new construction. In addition, you will not have to spend time stripping wallpaper and repainting to suit your style.

Outlets, Outlets Everywhere!
If you have ever lived in an older home, you know the challenges of having enough extension cords, and the concerns of connecting too many appliances to the same cord. Home builders had no way of anticipating the invention of the modern technology that we enjoy today. New homes can accommodate advanced technologies like structured wiring, security systems, and sophisticated lighting plans, and can be tailored to meet your individual needs.

Consult a New Home Sales and Marketing Professional
Buying a new home comes with its own set of challenges. For starters, your new home may not even be built yet. However, the important advantage of buying a new home is that you can tailor nearly every aspect of your new home to suit your family’s needs and lifestyle. For that advantage, you may sacrifice immediate availability.

There is a group of professionals in the Greater Greenville area who specialize in connecting home buyers with Approved Professional Builders to make that dream of a new home a reality.

Members of the Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate work directly with Approved Professional Builders. They are uniquely qualified to help you with your new home quest. For more information about the SMC of the Upstate, visit

Hire an Approved Professional
When buying a new home, in addition to consulting with a member of the Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate, ask your Home Builder if he or she is an Approved Professional Builder. For more information about Approved Professional Builders, visit

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