Many people looking to buy a home ask themselves whether they should buy a new or existing home. An estimated 25% of properties sold are newly built while the rest are existing houses. If you want to enjoy the clear air and stunning scenery in Canmore, Alberta, you have both options available to you. While resales are a great way to get into the market, here are ten reasons why purchasing a new three-bedroom home in The Courtyard at Stewart Creek is even better.
Here are the top 10 advantages:
1 – Save Money
There is a false perception that new properties are more expensive. In the long-term, they can be cheaper than purchasing an existing home because of energy-saving features. The homes in The Courtyard at Stewart Creek are Built-Green Gold certified which means they are energy, gas and water efficient saving you money in the long run.
As a buyer of a Built-Green certified home, you will also qualify for a premium refund of 15% from the CMHC if you use CMHC-insured financing.
Your new home will command a higher price if you decide to sell your home at a later date. In addition, a Built-Green certified home may even get up to 10% more than a comparable home without certification.
2 – Customization
The chances of finding a resale that perfectly fits your taste and style is mission impossible. When you purchase a new home in The Courtyard at Stewart Creek, you can choose the finishing package and upgrades that suits your household’s style the most.
3 – Pick Your Own Homebuilder
When you spend money on a property, you want to ensure it is built by a reputable company. Your resale may look good on paper but perhaps its builder is known for making errors. With a new home, you get to choose the best construction team in your area for a flawless build.
As the builder of The Courtyard at Stewart Creek, QuantumPlace Developments strives to provide our clients with the development and planning expertise necessary to produce high-quality homes. We ensure that our projects are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable
4 – Floor Plan
The trouble with some resale homes is that they feature outdated floor plans. What you want is a plan that’s suited for today’s family. When you build a home from scratch, you can opt for the popular open concept floor plan or try something completely unique.
At The Courtyard at Stewart Creek, you have the choice between 5 unique floor plans to cater to you and your discerning taste, not to mention your needs.
5 – Air Quality & Comfort
If the resale you’re looking at is 20 years old or more, it is probably dusty, drafty and not particularly comfortable. In recent years, new regulations have come into play and now, homebuilders must meet far higher minimum standards. With a new property, you benefit from HVAC system improvements and better ways to seal the home such as the superior insulation found in the homes at The Courtyard at Stewart Creek. As a result, cooled or heated air won’t escape which makes the home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
The Built-Green certified homes at The Courtyard at Stewart Creek also offer premium air quality as they are not built with the hazardous materials often found in traditional homes. These hazardous materials, which include formaldehyde, can cause allergies and breathing problems.
6 – Safety
New homes are built according to improved building codes which means additions such as fire-retardant carpets and insulation, low-VOC paints, advanced circuit breakers, and hard-wired smoke detectors.
7 – Fewer Repairs & Lower Maintenance
If you choose poorly, a resale home can become a money pit with costly repairs a regular feature. Even if the property appears to be in good shape, wear and tear will inevitably creep in and result in damages. If you buy a new home on the other hand, it will take years for any sort of wear and tear to manifest itself if you are a careful homeowner. Also, you can design your property to be effectively self-cleaning.
8 – Advanced Technology
If you buy an old property, it is possible to make some quick and relatively inexpensive fixes. For instance, you can replace single pane windows or add insulation. However, replacing old appliances and countertops is a pain and there is a limit to how much you can upgrade. Newer properties are designed with modern technology in mind so you can benefit from the latest advances in security, safety and home entertainment.
9 – Lower Property Prices
The trouble with older homes is that they were possibly purchased at a time when home interest rates were a couple of percent higher than they are today. As a result, the property was purchased at an artificially high price (by today’s standards) and the seller will clearly try to pass on the cost to you. When you buy a new home, it is easier to get a good deal by negotiating with the builder.
10 – Community Choice
When you purchase a new property, you also get to choose the kind of community you want to be part of. For example, you could elect to live in Three Sisters Mountain Village a community within the Town of Canmore that has a quiet relaxed atmosphere. The Courtyard at Stewart Creek is friendly to those looking for retirement living, active families or weekenders looking for the perfect getaway.
Homebuilders select the best community locations so residents are close to excellent schools and recreational areas. Often these communities are also close to major roads so you’re never too far from nearby amenities. Additionally, you have a fantastic chance to make friends with your neighbours as they have likely chosen the community for the same reasons you did.
If you’re looking to take advantage of the benefits of owning a new home, we invite you to take a look at the newest community being built in the Three Sisters Mountain Village, The Courtyard at Stewart Creek. Click here to download more information.