5 Buyer Benefits of New Homes for Sale in Orange County

Written by Posted On Thursday, 22 May 2014 17:18

When it comes to buying Orange County real estate you really can’t go wrong. We’re located on the 5 freeway between Los Angeles and San Diego, two full of fun and entertainment, where you can lie on the sand at the beach in the morning and venture to the  snowy mountains just hours later.  Whether you’re looking in Irvine or Huntington, at resale or new homes for sale in Orange County, condos or single family homes you won’t be disappointed.

That being said, there are new construction homes popping up all around Orange County and it’s time you started learning about their benefits. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider buying from one of the new home developments in Orange County CA.



1.Desirable new locations are opening up

In other parts of the county new construction is typically built on lands far from central areas, however in Orange County that’s not a problem. For example TRI Point Homes is working on new homes in Huntington Beach just a few miles from the sand.

Fullerton also has a few exciting new home developments from The Olson Company and KB Home. The Olson Company is building attached and detached homes just one mile from downtown Fullerton called Liberty Walk. KB is building The Groves which are town homes on the border of Anaheim near Angel Stadium, the Honda Center and tons of other entertainment in Orange County.

The new home developments in Orange County are utilizing space well, developing new central areas for homeowners and providing amazing opportunities for home buyers.


2.You get to customize your home

A new home is a blank canvas and a chance to design the home you want, not try to fix what the previous homeowners neglected or decided to cover in wall to wall purple paint and shag carpet.

KB Home, a trusted Orange County builder, has a Built To Order Process which means a new home is not started until a buyer has signed a contract, selected a plot, floor plan and all interior and exterior design options. Once buyers choose all of their unique options at the design studio, KB will built the home in less than 4 months giving you the home you want in less time than you it takes to secure and close a used home. Several other builders have similar design and customization programs.

Consider this: Most Orange County homes were build decades ago  so their design is different than new construction being built today. New homes have open floor models, larger master bedrooms, and more bathrooms typically. These designs are standard for most newly constructed homes so you don’t have to spend your money remodeling a resale to make it what you want.


3.Low Maintenance

New homes obviously require less maintenance than older homes. When you buy a resale home  you will of course want to get in inspection and take care of any current problems, however  there are tons of little things that will add up. Replacing old carpet, updating appliances, and repairing general wear and tear are just a few of the maintenances to expect from a resale.

73% of new homeowners spent less than $25 a month on routine maintenance costs according to Rismedia whereas resale owners can spend up to $100.  Maintenance costs include roof repairs, plumbing problems, electrical fixes and updates for energy efficient products. These lower maintenance costs also translate to lower insurance bills.

According to Zillow common repairs you will need to make in a home 10 years or older include door hardware, garage door cables and rollers, furnace, washing machine belt or drive motor, hot water heater and dishwasher.


4. More energy efficient

New homes are being built with efficiency in mind and are equipped with all the latest insulation and fixtures. There are new standards to reduce air pollution and preserve our environment and newly constructed homes are rising to the occasion.

For example KB Home builds all of their new homes with ENGERGY STAR appliances and WaterSense fixtures. A KB Home can save new homeowners up to $600 annually on water bills and on average 1,000 per year on energy bills compared to a typical resale home.

Resale homes might have the same features but it is not a standard, you might have to do some searching or install them yourself. Reduced costs in maintenance and energy efficiency equate to lower insurance bills as well.


5.There are some really cool new communities being built!

There are a lot of very exciting new communities being built in Orange County. For example Irvine’s new Great Park Neighborhoods are underway now with its first neighborhood development, Pavilion Park. The community is planned to include several unique neighborhoods joined by walking and biking trails and slated to take residents straight to the Irvine Transportation Center.

Pavilion Park will also have a community greenhouse to promote the farming and gardening culture of the region.  Currently the Great Park hosts a farmer’s market every weekend which has influenced the community goals and ideals for all of the Great Park Neighborhoods.

There are new communities being built all across Orange County in Costa Mesa, Lake Forest and Fullerton just to name a few. You can check out all the newest home builder communities in the area here: http://www.newhomesource.com/

For help finding the best new home and community for your family, Call 888-870-1142 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We'll connect you with a buyer's agent to guide you through the process and secure you your dream home.

 Originally posted at: http://www.firstteam.com/blog/6-buyer-benefits-new-homes-for-sale-in-orange-county/

Buyers: What concerns if any do you have about buying a newly constructed home?

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