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Homeowners: Did You Buy or Build Your Home?


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MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
amen, thirtyo.
thirtyo thirtyo 9 years
I hate when people say one person's choice is worse than another person's choice. To each their own. If you love older homes, than get an older home. If you love a newer home, than get a newer home. Statements like "new houses don't have character" or "not wanting to live in an old home is obnoxious" or "old homes are fixer-uppers" really serve no purpose. With that said, I'm waiting on my gorgeous full-of-character brand new home to be completed. We chose to build a new house rather than get an existing because it was what WORKED FOR US! Which is really how it should be!
Reebs_RI Reebs_RI 9 years
Now only do I find many newer homes soul-less, but they are eco-nightmares using A LOT of resources - gasoline included to truck wood etc. to the site.
oceangirl oceangirl 9 years
We tore down our little beach house once the kids started arriving. We built and it was a successful experience. Spanish style....really feels like it is ours. A true labor or love. would love to do it again one day, maybe an eco friendly contemporary home next.
keli0k keli0k 9 years
I hate new houses... they all look the same. Generic.
liola liola 9 years
we bought a 70s bungalow. it has MUCH more character than the new build cookie cutters, and we actually have a backyard. not to mention the lack of seeing into neighbours houses and vice versa.
jesse3000 jesse3000 9 years
Bought an existng home. Only 6 years old, so almost new.
Historygal3 Historygal3 9 years
We would never build new; It's too wasteful. Not wanting to live in home that someone else had lived in sounds obnoxious. That's what gives a house character.
vmruby vmruby 9 years
We bought an existing home and are now in the process of completing the new addition....
chancleta chancleta 9 years
we rent but we want to build our own home!
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Bought an existing home. New builds here are SO expensive!
scoop45 scoop45 9 years
70`s home remodeling just like new!
sailing-chick sailing-chick 9 years
we bought an existing house and we get the keys in 25 days!!
nlw nlw 9 years
We bought a "fixer-upper." Ugh, never again. We bought it bc we got it super cheap and my husband is able to do literally all of the remodeling. But with his job's long hours, it takes forever to complete something. When this is done, I'm never moving again! Or if I do change my mind, I'm building what I want and having someone else do all the work!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I rent. Too expensive to buy where I live unless you can afford a $4000 a month house payment.
esk4 esk4 9 years
I don't understand the deal with people not wanting to live in existing homes... My family home was built in the late 1800's and has been in my family for years I can't wait to someday consider living there myself... Besides with an existing home you can move in faster, and its a good way of recycling resources!!! I don't really have a problem with people building new homes, unless they turn around and complain about deforestation, and pollution and the environment because with the amount of people building new houses when perfectly good ones are around is only contributing to the earth's problems...
gameboybunny gameboybunny 9 years
Much like Ashen, we bought our house but would like to "upgrade" when we start having oodles of kids. I actually had a lot of trouble finding a pre-built house in our price range with any character. Our house was definitely some of the strangest construction we saw, and we loved it - lots of diagonal lines and interesting rooms. Most of the homes we saw were investor properties, all white inside with rectangular open rooms, and none of them seemed to have any personality. Our house was built in 1983, which was one of the newest properties we saw in our price range. The year it was built and if the foundation has ever been inspected or rebuilt is very important in considering buying a home. Our home has yet to have foundation problems (insane for swampy East Texas!) and had a brand new AC unit.
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 9 years
Bought an existing house for our first house. For our next we'd like something bigger with more bedrooms for kids. Building one would be nice since you get everything brand spankin new, but I've heard it can be a headache dealing with all the contractors. We're giving it serious consideration, though!
Linny Linny 9 years
i don't plan on building a house. I think it's wasteful to keep building and building when there are older houses around in more developed areas. New houses use up land and building supply resources when it isn't necessary. New houses, a lot of the time, are ugly and boring and all look the same. I think older ones have more character, most of the time.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
We built our house. I got to have most everything I wanted (well, within reason, haha.) like a huge walk through closet! Yay!!
gincoolette gincoolette 9 years
Actually for me it was cheaper to build a house than to buy an existing one. I originally bought an existing house and it was a lot of work to fix it. I really do not suggest it to anybody. The house from 1950 and by the time we bought it we discovered a lot of things to be fixed. I have been working on the house everyday for more than a year until I sold it and built a new house.
megafie megafie 9 years
I'm renting now but hopefully that will change soon!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
We built our first home and bought existing homes the next couple of times. We just bought a fixer-upper so it's sort of half and half.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
My boyfriend and I want to build our home. Pretty soon we'll both be architects, and building your own house is kind of the ultimate project. It will be a lot of work (we probably will put in most of the work of the actual building ourselves so we can do it faster).
ChapstickAddict ChapstickAddict 9 years
We're building right now. I can't wait for it to be done!
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