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Posted by Christina Bieniek on Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 9:07pm.

With boxing week amongst us and the New Year around the corner we start to plan for 2014 ; make goals , resolutions and solutions. Perhaps in the new year you are looking to purchase a home and with that goal comes a handful of questions that need to be answered. Having a clear budget set is key and will help narrow down your choices, other questions you may want to ask yourself are;

Is location Important to you? Do you have a neighbourhood in mind?  Is their a specific lay out you are looking for? do you care if there have been previous owners in the home? do you want your home to have character or practicality ? do you care how big your back yard is?

All these questions need to be in the back of your mind when you decide on whether you will be buying a new home or a resale home. Today I will be talking about all the wonderful benefits of buying a resale home!


Of course buying a nice new home has it's perks and everyone will have their own personal preference ; these are the many reasons why you should consider buying an older home ( resale home ).

1 ) Location - Older homes are usually found in more convenient areas rather than the suburbs. Buyers will often select a home for the location and choose to remodel it later, they are often drawn to developed neighbourhoods that have a sense of community and these communities will have beautiful landscaping and tons of wonderful trees surrounding them.

Did you know in most metro centres new homes have smaller lots than older homes due to changes in land use patterns, older homes for some reason, have bigger lots and back when land was cheaper homes were developed with more square footage. The most desirable locations no longer have space to build newer homes, unless you consider demolishing an older home and build a new one.

2) Character & Craftsmanship- It is a known fact that older homes in most cases have more character that is not always seen in newer homes ; unless of course you decide to custom build every last detail. Brand new homes are usually more " cookie cutter" with less detail and charm.  Craftsmanship from the Georgian or Victorian Era style homes were made with very high standards from the wood detailing to the moldings and are now extremely hard to come by. These homes were built decades ago by wood carpenters that in today's time do not use the same tools as they did years ago. Each piece on an older home is unique and creates great value to the home itself.

3) Schools & Surrounding Areas-  Neighbourhoods can take years to build and in most cases a resale home will come with a stronger sense of community which means there will be established schools , grocery stores amongst other amenities.

Backyard -  A resale home comes with landscaping that probably took years to grow and tons of older beautiful trees that provide shade on those hot summer days. Unless you plan on planting mature trees months in advance newer homes will not have the same landscape.

A new home and a resale  home both have their perks! Finding the perfect home is not easy feel free to call me at 780.919.0201  if you need any other questions answered. I will be more then happy to help you find your perfect home.

Your friendly neighbourhood Realtor,

Kristina B
Re/max Real Estate

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