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a consumer perspective...To me, the key is your use of the phrase "...a few years old".The pros to a new house are...-- You will get a chance to have the builder do some structural upgrades.-- You will get to choose finishes (e.g., counters, cabinets, doors, trim, paint, flooring, etc.).-- You will get to design and landscape "how you want".-- In other words, there's a lot of "clean canvas" that you get to paint onThe cons to a new house are...-- There will be things that need to be fixed. They'll be under warranty, but you'll need to deal with them.-- You have no idea who will be living in the neighborhood. There's always "that chance..."The pros to a "few years old" house are...-- Any build defects should have been discovered and dealt with-- You have a pretty good idea of how the neighborhood/neighbors are-- You don't have to deal with things like installing hardscape/softscape/irrigation/drainage/etc.-- You're dealing with an individual, vice a business. This could be a "plus" in negotiations.The cons to a "few years old" house are...-- It's not a "blank canvas". If you don't like it, you'll have to remove/replace.-- Hopefully, it's not been trashed. But...-- You're buying from a seller who may have an emotional attachment, vice "a builder"-- You're dealing with an individual, vice a business. This could be a "negative" in negotiations.
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