New vs "Resale" Homes

As you search for your dream home, you'll probably hear a variety of opinions on whether you should purchase a newly built home or a resale home. 

There are advantages to both, and your individual needs, not the age of the structure, should be foremost in deciding which is best for you. For a better idea of which type may be more suited to your needs, let's look at the advantages of both new and resale homes.

Why buy a new home?

Perhaps you love the idea that you can be a home's very first owner. Everything is new and shiny, the neighbors are probably also just moving in, and you can customize the floor plan and colors. Buying a new home can be fun and exciting. Here are some other advantages:

  • New homes are built with new materials and appliances, so less maintenance is typically required than with resale homes.
  • They often possess more safety features and fewer health hazards to conform to today's building codes.
  • Many homebuilders offer warranties in case certain problems develop over time.
  • The home's major appliances and systems also typically include manufacturers' warranties.
  • They typically feature modern architecture and layout such as great rooms, bigger closets, and additional bathrooms, which often replaces the formal dining and/or living rooms of older homes.
  • New homes are usually well-insulated due to better windows, more efficient heating and cooling equipment, and greater use of insulation.
  • The homes are often made with materials requiring less maintenance, such as aluminum siding, vinyl windows, and pressure-treated wood decks that resist rot and insects.
  • They can be easier to customize than resale homes since you can choose many details ranging from floor plans and paint colors to faucets and light fixtures.
  • New homes are more apt to be wired with new technologies in mind, such as being pre-wired for multiple phone lines, high-speed Internet connections and extra cable outlets.

Why buy a resale home?

Housing styles have changed with time, and you might favor more traditional layouts and features. Older houses and neighborhoods may have more character and charm. The trees are full-grown, and the neighbors can tell you all about your new hometown. Here are some other advantages:

  • Resale homes may provide more opportunities for home improvements.
  • They typically have more land than newer properties due to changes in land-use patterns.
  • The homes are often in older, more convenient metro areas rather than outlying suburbs.
  • You can use the existing home as a base for building a unique property through modernization or expansion.
  • Resales tend to be less expensive than new properties and more likely to come complete with items that may cost extra with a new home such as blinds, landscaping, built-ins, etc.
  • Depending on the state, resale homes may have lower property tax rates.
  • Owners usually aren't required to pay for the local bonds that are sometimes associated with new development, such as for schools, parks, or road or transportation improvements.
  • These homes often have more traditional layouts, which may include such areas as formal living and dining rooms.
  • Buyers can most likely purchase a larger home for the same money with a resale than with new construction.
  • Buyers often have more room for negotiating the price or terms of sale than new homes.

As you can see, both offer significant, but very different advantages. Keep in mind that the real question shouldn't be about whether to buy a new or used home. It's more about finding which individual property will best meet the needs of you and your family.

New Homes

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$329,987

6111 Willow Glen Drive, Wilmington

5 BR 2 1/2 Bath home featuring wood floors in Great Room, kitchen, dining and sun room, 9 ft smooth finish ceilings on first floor, gas log fireplace, island in the kitch...

  • Beds5
  • Baths3
  • MLS100086930

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$271,000

408 Lehigh Road, Wilmington

This home comes with a first-floor master suite with a trey ceiling, attached bathroom and generous walk-in-closet. A formal dining room is adjacent to the eat-in kitchen...

  • Beds6
  • Baths4
  • MLS100086674

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$469,900

560 Rose Avenue, Wilmington

The Chateau by Blanton Building is truly a unique plan with over 3300 sq ft. The new construction home is within walking distance to UNCW, the Cross City Trail and a shor...

  • Beds4
  • Baths5
  • MLS100086550

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$268,630

364 Lehigh Road, Wilmington

This one-story home has a split bedroom floor plan, a finished bonus room, a spacious great room with a vaulted ceiling, and a dining area adjacent to the kitchen that le...

  • Beds3
  • Baths2
  • MLS100086389

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$341,400

3123 S Rocklund Court, Wilmington

This home features a guest suite on the first floor, an open kitchen with an island and pantry, and a bay window breakfast area. A spacious great room is adjacent to the ...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100086347

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$314,500

7106 Kinsella Court, Wilmington

Best of both worlds! New construction in an established community in Grove Point neighborhood! Located convenient to hospital, downtown, area beaches, Barclay Commons an...

  • Beds3
  • Baths3
  • MLS100086259

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$1,391,800

417 Marshland Drive, Wilmington

PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION by premiere builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes on an oversized estate homesite overlooking a peaceful marsh in Landfall's prestigious Highland Ridge....

  • Beds4
  • Baths4
  • MLS100086226

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$305,008

1645 Flushing Drive, Wilmington

McKee homes presents the Finley 2-story with unfinished 3rd floor. The Finley offers a formal dining room, study/office, large spacious rooms with trey ceilings, large go...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100086197

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$283,320

1641 Flushing Drive, Wilmington

McKee Homes presents The Sullivan 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath floor plan features an open floor plan including kitchen with island, kitchen eating area, and large great room. T...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100086196

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$302,498

1625 Flushing Drive, Wilmington

McKee homes presents the Finley 2-story with unfinished 3rd floor. The Finley offers a formal dining room, study/office, large spacious rooms with trey ceilings, large go...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100086191

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$308,506

1633 Flushing Drive, Wilmington

The Nelson at Cameron Trace welcomes you home! This is a spacious 4 bedroom 2.5 Bath home with a lovely covered porch to relax on those Carolina nights. This home featur...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100086193

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$297,074

5508 Skeet Road, Wilmington

Welcome to LAURENBRIDGE, a new, intimate community by award-winning builder, ROBUCK HOMES. This beautiful Charleston - CRAFTSMAN is a 2-story floor plan w/2320 sq ft, 4BR...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100086064

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$237,000

1586 Maple Ridge Road, Wilmington

This one-story home comes with 3 bedrooms, a finished bonus room, a spacious great room with a vaulted ceiling, and a dining area that lends access to a rear patio. The k...

  • Beds3
  • Baths2
  • MLS100086019

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$269,900

3852 Smooth Water Drive, Castle Hayne

American Homesmith's ''The Grove Park'' plan is the largest plan offering over 2300 Sqft with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, and a 3rd floor that will be unfinished. Low maintenan...

  • Beds3
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085989

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$385,000

726 Quinn Drive, Wilmington

Expected to be completed in November 2017! Remarkable brand new home in the beautiful Marsh Landing Place community. Will be move in ready, with over 2,400 sq. ft. of liv...

  • Beds3
  • Baths3
  • MLS100081969

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$339,550

915 Drayton Court, Wilmington

The Ashton Plan welcomes you home with an amazing front porch for rocking or a porch swing. Enter into the foyer that pulls you directly to the great room, kitchen and di...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085837

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$385,900

6113 Sweet Gum Drive, Wilmington

Great new floor plan at Tarin Woods II master suite down. Enjoy open floor plan with great room, kitchen/ breakfast area and formal dining room. 3 additional bedrooms up ...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085803

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$389,900

6125 Sweet Gum Drive, Wilmington

Great new plan for Tarin Woods II. Master suite on the first floor with two additional bedrooms on the ground floor, and one bedroom up. This plan is very open and has th...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085801

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$399,900

6128 Sweet Gum Drive, Wilmington

Great new plan in Tarin Woods II, The Halifax has a guest room on the ground floor. Enjoy a large great room with fireplace, kitchen, and breakfast with a spacious butler...

  • Beds5
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085799

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$329,900

8402 Max Flite Way, Wilmington

Almost brand new home - less than 2 years old - in Nautical Greens in The Cape. This brick home has 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. The bonus room has it's own full bath ...

  • Beds3
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085784

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$365,000

6129 Sweet Gum Drive, Wilmington

Master Suite with tray ceilings and walk-in closet. Great room with fireplace. Kitchen with bar seating and dining room access. Second bedroom or study on ground floor. S...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085775

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$395,000

6124 Sweet Gum Drive, Wilmington

New floor plan at Tarin Woods II. The Benton plan has a first-floor in-law suite or could be a master. Large kitchen and great room as well as a formal dining room.2nd fl...

  • Beds5
  • Baths5
  • MLS100085765

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$389,900

1124 Canopy Way, Wilmington

Great new floor plan at Tarin Woods II master suite down. Enjoy open floor plan with great room, kitchen/ breakfast area and formal dining room. 3 additional bedrooms up ...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085759

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$499,000

1314 Mackerel Lane, Carolina Beach

Brand New Construction by Dutch Built Homes. Super floor plan offering 2,315 square feet and 4-BRs, 3-BAs. There is an open kitchen/dining/living area, with gas stove, gr...

  • Beds4
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085710

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$259,900

Lot#330 Indigo Slate Way, Wilmington

New Construction- Southern Gale Townhomes by Laurel Companies. Breaking ground Q1-2018 with completion summer-fall 2018. Theme centered nautical design reminiscent of his...

  • Beds2
  • Baths3
  • MLS100085613

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