The other thing no one will tell you about buying a new home is the extra expenses you'll incur after the sale. Things like fences, sprinkler systems, landscaping in backyard; new window coverings throughout the home; MUCH higher taxes regardless of area (at least 1 to 1.5% of purchase price).
Also, beware of signs saying "Starting from the ...." regardless of what's advertised, just wait until you get to the design center. Everyone falls in love with the models (which have every upgrade and more to grab your attention). What a builder really includes is below average.
So, my advice: skip buying a new home and find a knowledgeable realtor who works in the area where you would like to live. Resale is ALWAYS a better value -- let someone else pay for the upgrades and lot premium!
Julie Montgomery, RE/MAX Masters, Greenwood Village, CO http://www.jmontgomery.com
One of my clients closed on a Shea Home in Reunion (Spaces Collection). Doreen the on-site sales person was wonderful to work with. Their lender was competitive. The walk-through was very organized and professionally handled.
My client originally was in the market for a resale home, she wanted a foreclosure or short sale, thinking it would be the most economical way to go, many of the homes we viewed had deferred maintenance or just simply were overpriced. In the end I convinced her to look at new and took her to SPACES BY Shea. She fell in love the homes, and was able to build from scratch with some upgrades and still pay less than than resales.
If you need a Realtor with experience with that builder and community, please contact me. Would be glad to help.
Metro Elite Realty Group
Shea is a superior builder and right now is closing out the current Shea Spaces area of Reunion and will be moving south of 104th Ave to the area of Reunion called Southlawn. My favorite sales staff there is Doreen, she is superior. Their average build time is about 6 months and you can reserve a lot at any time. Let me know if you have more questions or need "feet on the street" here locally while you wrap up your New York sale?
Your Castle Real Estate
I haven't worked in Reunion recently, but Shea is a good builder with a good reputation as far as I have heard. Definitely work with a Realtor representing you though, it won't cost you any more to work with your own Realtor and they won't give you a discount if you don't use a Realtor, so it's best to have your own representation. Best of luck to you.
I have had good experiences with them but it has been a couple of years ago. They seem to be a quality builder with good communication skills. I have some clients still living in the Reunion and have had a good experience there. I wouldn't go into this without having a Realtor representing you as a Buyer's Agent. You will get a lot of help and support and the builder will welcome the agent and is prepared to pay the agent commission without affecting your sales price. Let me know if I can help. All the best with your purchase.
Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
I have worked with buyers whom have been very happy with Shea homes in Reunion. They build a good product and stand behind there product.
Best of luck with your sale in New York, trust you have it listed?
Let me know if I can help in any way you might need.
All my best,
I represented a Buyer who just closed on a Shea home in Reunion two weeks ago. I would be happy to assist you if you are considering a home purchase there. My contact information is below.
Jean Stevens, Broker Owner
The Stevens Group, LLC