Help Buyers Decide: New vs. Existing

Explain both the pros and cons of new-home construction versus existing-home construction.
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New-home Construction


  • Modern floor plan (open space, flex rooms, larger windows)
  • Delayed major maintenance costs (such as roof or HVAC)
  • Lower utility bills as a result of stricter building codes and newer energy-efficient products
  • More upfront personalization
  • Builder warranties on materials, workmanship, and structural items


  • Higher upfront costs
  • Special financing, such as construction loans, often needed
  • Longer wait times
  • Often farther from amenities, jobs
  • Sparse landscaping

Existing-home Construction


  • Lower-priced options available
  • Established neighborhoods
  • Mature landscaping
  • Move-in ready
  • Value add-on potential with remodels and cosmetic updates


  • Outdated floor plans
  • More repairs and maintenance
  • Higher utility bills if products and materials are less energy-efficient
  • Less personalized
  • Competition from other buyers