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#TaraMTG Tuesday: Buying Versus Building a Home: Which Is Cheaper?

DHREA 18/12/2018

(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

Is it less expensive to buy or build a house? That’s a question that many homebuyers have –whether their first-time buyers or looking for toward their next move. Considering that “buy-and-flip” investors are less active and many developers have slowed down a bit, you’ll soon realize that you have more home buying options than ever.

Here’s what you need to know about buying an existing home versus building a custom home.

The Upfront Costs

Existing Home: The price of a home vary widely as it depends on the area, the square footage, the condition, the amenities, as well as many other factors.

Building a New Home: All things being equal and generally speaking, building a new home costs about $60-$70k more than buying an existing home with similar attributes. But that is not always the case. There are some instances where the cost per square foot comes out significantly less in a custom built home than in an existing home.

Here’s something else to consider –when you build, you also have the advantage of only paying for what you want. While an existing home may have additional perks, like a basement or hardwood floors, it may not be something that you want or are willing to pay for.

Home Maintenance

Existing Home: Older homes require more maintenance because they have more wear and tear. Some homes may even need a big-time overhaul! As with any home purchase, never skip the home inspection and understand that even with well-maintained homes, repairs are inevitable.

Building a New Home: Maintenance on a new home is very little, and it’s one of the central benefits of building a new home. Since everything from appliances to the HVAC system is new and under warranty, you’ll enjoy several years of worry-free living. Some contractors even offer a whole the home warranty that protects the house for up to 10 years!


Existing Home: A mature garden with large trees and well-established landscaping is a big plus of buying an existing home. Mature trees and landscaping not only add value to the property but can even help to reduce energy costs by providing shade and efficient drainage.

Building a New Home: Professional landscaping can cost thousands plus many years to come to fruition. The benefit, however, is that you’ll be able to design your outdoor precisely to your liking and it very little time. Depending on the project, you can have a custom-designed yard in two weeks or less.

Energy Efficiency

Existing Home: Older homes that have had little to no-updating use more energy. Appliances that are older than ten years, single-pane windows, and poor insulation are some updates you’ll want to consider if you buy an existing home.

Building a New Home: When it comes to energy efficiency, new construction can’t be beat. On average, new homes use about 21% less energy than older homes. However, this saving comes mostly from high-efficiency appliances. Meaning that if you purchase new HE appliances for an existing home, you can save just as much money on energy with an existing home as you would with new construction.


Existing Home: With an existing home, you make your purchase with some context. You can see the home’s previous sale prices, the cost of similar homes in the area, and have a good idea of what the market value of your home will be in the future.

Building a New Home: New homes, especially those in up-and-coming neighborhoods, can be more of a gamble. Without any sale history or comparables to reference, you have very little to go on when thinking about the future value of your home. Of course, if this is your forever home, which is often the case with custom-built homes, then not having a history to predict the future may not matter.

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#TaraMTG Tuesday: What To Expect The Day Your Home Loan Closes

DHREA 09/10/2018

(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

“What happens on closing day and after?” That’s a question we get asked often.

On closing day, you’ll sign documents to finalize the transaction and release the funds from your home loan. You’ll also receive digital or paper copies of all the signed documents plus the keys to your new home.

It seems pretty cut and dry, and for the most part, it is! Most of the loan processing work will be complete by this point.

In the whirl of excitement that you’re moments away from becoming a homeowner, you might get confused on what’s actually going on on closing day.

Here’s a quick break down of what you can expect on the day your loan closes.

What To Expect The Day Your Home Loan Closes

There are several “parties” involved in making your loan possible, and they all play a part in your closing, too. Some of these parties include your loan officer or broker, your realtor, lawyer, underwriter, title company, seller, the seller’s realtor, and you.

Each party makes sure that all is correct and complete with your loan. The final “package” can be quite extensive which is why you’ll receive it several days before the actual closing date, giving you the time to look it over.

There are several documents that need signing. They may vary somewhat, however, for the most part, these are the documents you’ll be signing on closing day:

  • Closing Disclosure: This contains your final loan terms and details about your closing costs.

  • Mortgage Note: This is essentially a “promise” to repay the loan.

  • Mortgage or Deed of Trust: Lays out the details of what happens should you fail to repay the loan.

  • The Deed: This legally transfers ownership of the property to you.

Closing day is also when you’ll pay the closing costs and your down-payment. Remember that both of these payments should be done with a certified check, not cash or personal check. Be sure to also bring a copy of your proof of insurance (don’t worry, we’ll remind you of all of this on closing day) and that’s it!

If your possession date is the same as your closing date, you’ll receive your keys then. If your possession date is different, you’ll know about it ahead of time. It’s noted on your purchase agreement and we’ll make sure you’re clear on all the closing date details before you sign.


These are other things that’ll happen after closing. They’re not directly related to your loan but just a few things to keep in mind.

Offers in the Mail. Home sales are public record so be prepared to receive lots of mailed offers for home services, legal services, and maybe even mortgage protection insurance.

You may find some of these offers useful but research before committing. There are scammers that will send you an offer appearing as if it came from a reputable lender or other mortgage service provider.

Possible Payment Changes

Terms of your loan won’t change, that is, unless you have an adjustable-rate loan or if you refinance. However,  it may be possible for your payments to vary slightly due to changes in your escrow account.

For example, if the property taxes or insurance increases, your mortgage payments will also increase. Don’t worry about ever “overpaying.” If there are any overages in your escrow account, you’ll get a refund.

The home loan process has many moving parts right up to the very end, but we’re here to make it all clear and keep everything on track for you. You can count on Tara Mortgage Services to be your trusted resource for all your home and property financing needs.

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Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

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This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for th…

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