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when looking at homes what is an "old" house. what is too old?

  • September 23 2013 - Spanish Fort
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Aesthetically, this depends on your taste. Mechanically, an older home may be in need of repairs or replacement of plumbing, electrical, roof, air conditioning, or heater.  Check the windows and appliances, are they energy efficient?  Sometimes, old homes have been remodeled and all of these will be updated.  Make sure you get a home inspection,to ensure the home is in good condition.
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This depends on your needs.

As a generic answer:
There is a term we use called 'functional obsolesence.' This describe things that are 'wrong' with a property that would cost more to change than it would return in value.
An example of this could be a 'bedroom' that you have to walk through as the only access too a kitchen.
The rising flood insurance rates for waterfront properties is another example- a huge cost increase related to the house which adds to value to the property itself.

IMO no home is 'too old' unless it has too many aspects that are functionally obsolete. Provided it has the nice modern amenities like cable hookups, central air, and upgraded/newer electrical wiring.

Also make sure you get an inspection before you buy, especially for roofing, on any older home to check for structural damage.
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This is a hard question to answer.  The answer is subjective.  It all depends on what you personally like.  In many areas, it's not uncommon to find homes over 100 years old.  Do you like the layouts of homes built before 1950?  The fact is there is not really such a thing as "too old".  Some homes that are 100 years old can be in fantastic condition if they are well maintained.  The best thing to do is go view some homes that you deem older and see if you can envision living there.  If not look communicate your likes and dislikes to your Realtor and they should be able to narrow down the age/style of home that would suit you.
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