New Homes: Ways New Builds Excel

by BlueWater Realty of Pine Island, Inc 04/18/2021

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When you’re looking for a new home, should you purchase an existing one or have a brand new house built? Since this is a major decision, it’s important to learn more about the advantages of new construction vs. existing construction. Keep the following in mind, so you can compare the benefits of both in order to help you make your home buying decision.


In terms of the cost to purchase new or existing construction, you can expect to pay more for a newly built house. When you buy new construction, you’re paying for labor, materials, plumbing installation, electrical installation and other expenses that you normally wouldn’t have with an existing property. While buying existing construction might cost less upfront, keep in mind that you could end up paying more over time, such as if you need do any upgrades or remodeling. You’re also more likely to have repair expenses with existing construction, especially if you’re purchasing an older home.

Floor Plans

One of the biggest advantages of new construction is having a customizable floor plan. When you purchase new construction, you have the opportunity to create the ideal floor plan based on your needs and design preferences. When you’re looking into existing homes, your options are more limited. Unless you’re willing to do major remodeling or renovations, which can be highly expensive and time-consuming, what you see is what you’ll be getting with an existing home’s floor plan.

Property Values

Whether you’re considering buying new construction or existing construction, paying attention to property values is important. While property values change over time, you’ll want to have a home that goes up in value. When you buy an existing home, determining the value is straightforward. When you purchase new construction, especially in a new development or community, it’s not as easy to determine property values. While this might seem risky, keep in mind that there are many ways to raise the property value of your newly built home, such as making a few upgrades over time.

Financing Options

Many people need to explore financing options when purchasing a new home. When you’re considering buying an existing property, getting financing for it can be more difficult. If the property is older and needs a lot of work, such as remodeling or repairs, being able to get the financing you need can be even harder. When you purchase new construction, financing is generally easier to get if you have options available through your builder. This can provide you with a much less difficult way to qualify for a mortgage.


Appliances can be a significant expense for homeowners, whether you need to buy new ones or have existing ones repaired. When you purchase existing construction, you might get older appliances with the home. In this case, you’ll need to consider the cost of repairing or replacing these appliances when you move in. Older appliances are also going to cost more when it comes to your energy bills. When you purchase new construction, you’ll be getting brand new ones that are more likely to be energy efficient, which helps you save on your energy bills.

About the Author

BlueWater Realty of Pine Island, Inc

Phil Gilles Direct: 239-425-5423 Email: [email protected] Donna Gilles Direct: 239-425-5426 Email: [email protected] Donna and Phil Gilles are two of the most respected Pine Island Florida Real Estate Agents. Their dependability, honesty and integrity are truly a "cut above” in the real estate profession. Having vacationed in Southwest Florida for several years and owning on Pine Island for eleven years, Donna and Phil could no longer resist the magnetism of Pine Island and moved to the island in 1998. Donna and Phil started BlueWater Realty of Pine Island on September 11, 2002, realizing Pine Island was in need of a real estate family that was a step above the mass marketers that dominate the real estate profession. Donna and Phil are both members of the Realtor Association of Fort Myers and the Beach, the Florida Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Multiple Listing Service, and the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. 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Let the team at BlueWater Realty of Pine Island provide you with the best professional assistance available when selling or buying Pine Island real estate. Contact us at 239-283-7500 for more details. Pine Island, Florida is a short distance from Cape Coral and Fort Myers, Florida, however, our lifestyles and quality of life are worlds apart. Our four-way stop at Pine Island Center is an invitation to turn north toward Bokeelia and Pineland or south to St. James City. Whichever direction you turn, you will experience an atmosphere that exists in few Florida communities. Instead of high rises, asphalt and concrete, you will find low density development with the accent being on preservation and nature – not development. Residents of Pine Island revel in the extraordinary wildlife that inhabits our island, including sea birds of all varieties and colors, manatees, dolphin and other wildlife of all species. Pine Island offers some of the best fishing and boating in Florida. 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