New home buyers would argue that the energy savings of new efficient mechanical systems, improved insulation methods, thermally efficient doors and windows coupled with near zero need for repairs in the short term, more than make up for higher initial cost and lackluster appreciation. Buyers of existing homes, on the other hand, contend that they’re able to see the complete package, including landscaping, and the way their neighbors take care of their properties, not to mention the character and quality of craftsmanship that may have gone into their older home.
In the end, as we said, it’s a matter of preference. No single advantage or disadvantage out weighs another to give either the distinct edge. In the short term, however, new home buyers are often disappointed that they can’t sell their home for more appreciated value. They often lose sight of the fact they have had to spend very little in maintenance and upkeep, while the new owners of their now ‘used’ home will spend far more.