Thursday, February 19, 2015

Relocating to the Boston area? See why you should check out Southern New Hampshire.

Are you relocating to the Boston area and trying to decide which community to settle in?   You owe it to yourself to check out Southern NH especially if you are working in Boston/Cambridge North (Burlington, Bedford, Andover, Lowell and surrounding communities).

The price of homes in the immediate Boston area has skyrocketed– making affordability a real challenge.    You can buy a home on the Mass border in NH for hundreds of thousands of dollars less than an equivalent home in Massachusetts.   And you get all the advantages of living in NH!        
Check out these blog posts and compare for yourself:

If you like the NH story, come check out our development at Skyview.   You’ll be amazed how close we are to Boston and local amenities and yet how stunning our hill top setting is.  

Should you buy new construction or a resale home?

Think back 10 years ago to 2005.   Did you have a smart phone?   The first iphone wasn't released for another two years in June 2007!  
Just as consumer technology has transformed over the past decade, so too has home building technology.   Today’s homes are much more energy efficient due to both stricter ‘green’ building codes and advances in energy efficient insulation, windows and other building materials.   And the major components that make up a home – furnaces, appliances, air conditioners, and are also more efficient and reliable.
Just take a look at this new home at Skyview in New Hampshire?   This picture was taken in February 2015 (what a Winter, right?!)

 after a month of record snows.   Can you spot any icicles on the roof?  No? That’s because these homes are so energy efficient that you don’t have the melting/freezing cycle that occurs in an older home when heat escapes up through the roof and joints.  Compare it to this picture taken on the same day of an older home.

 The housing crisis started in 2006 which means that until just recently, home construction was effectively at a stand still.   So, if you’re looking to buy a home today, chances are most resales will be 10 years old or older just due to the fact that not many homes have been built since the great recession.   While these homes may have been renovated to look new, the ‘bones’ are still a certain age which means more maintenance and a less energy efficient home.   Are you up for the maintenance headaches, expenses and cost of ownership of less efficient home?
If not, you may be thinking about new construction.    Here is an excerpt from on the advantages of new construction:
According to Trulia’s latest survey, twice as many people prefer new homes to existing homes.  “New” means exactly that: brand new properties that have never been lived in before, or homes purchased in the pre-construction phase. On the flip side, “existing” or resale homes are pre-owned properties, most of which were built between the 1920s and the 1970s. For the same price, 2 in 5 Americans – a sizeable 41% of the population – either somewhat or strongly prefer a newly-built home over an existing one.
While shiny and new sounds nice in theory, what’s actually behind the allure of these properties?  Let’s dive into the advantage and disadvantages:

The Pros

·         You’re able to have the builder customize the home before construction is completed, so it will be built with your personal touch and painted in your color palette – a big bonus!
·         With new construction or pre-construction purchases, the work is done for you. You don’t have to lift a finger, a paint brush, or a hammer.
·         New homes come with some of the design elements that today’s lifestyle demands: open, eat-in kitchens, walk-in closets, and large master baths to name a few.
·         A big financial benefit of new properties is that you won’t have to do much maintenance. With brand new appliances, plumbing, heating, and air, you should be repair free for at least a few years.
·         Utilizing new construction materials, just-built homes are usually more energy efficient; that means potentially lower utility bills.
·         New homes and condos are often equipped with the latest technology built right in – think alarm systems, speaker systems, Internet wiring, and cable – saving you lots of time, money, and holes in the walls.
·         You’re moving into a house that should be totally complete and absolutely perfect. That “new house smell” is definitely a luxury!
There are downsides to new construction.   Some of the biggest concerns cited include:
-       Cookie cutter subdivisions,  Lack of architectural detail and craftsmanship, Postage stamp, small lots, Concern about the builder reputation,  Don’t want to be the ‘first one’ in the subdivision, Lack of custom options
All valid points.   But at Skyview, we like to think we offer the best of new construction.   We have all the advantages of maintenance free, energy efficient, well designed homes.   Plus, we are an established subdivision with beautiful lots, varied home designs with craftsman flair and a long list of satisfied home buyers who will attest to our reputation as builders.   

When making your decision between resale or new construction you owe it to yourself to come by and check out Skyview.   And don't rush into a resale just because it's there.  A new home can be ready in a few months.  Don't settle for anything less than your easy to maintain, efficient dream home.