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Jignesh, Home Buyer in San Antonio, TX

Resale value: Centex vs DR Horton

Asked by Jignesh, San Antonio, TX Thu Jun 27, 2013

Which builder's home have better value? Centex vs DR Horton.
Does it make significant difference in resale value buying Centex vs Dt Horton home for holding period of 15 years?

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What I have noticed over all the years is that when a builder spends the money on making the landscape look nice in the front yard and in the community, it shows up in appeal and desirability later down the road. I have noticed that DR Horton does a great job at making sure the community will look better down the road by planting trees, shrubbery & etc... Some builders don't do any landscaping on the homes they build and sell resulting in a very plane Jane look later down the road. Some buyers are just barely scraping by to get in the home and then never landscape at all. Curb appeal is a big thing in regards to helping the neighborhood have the "LOOK" that draws people and creating a better resale value 15 year later. Hope that helps and if you need someone to help represent you in making a great buying decision, don't hesitate to call or email me. It's the same price with a builder with or without representation. :)

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I would look at the neighborhood and area to get the best idea of what a home may be worth in the future. As far as the two builders are concerned you really need to look at what you get for the money. I too would give a nod to DR Horton but you do need to compare. Look at what you are getting. What kinds of Green technology are they using to keep utility costs down? These are just some of the things that will help your home appreciate over the years. Of course the main thing will be how well you take care of your home. Have you updated it and kept up with maintenance items?

So there are lots of things to consider. I would ignore the builder and just look at what is important. Location, amenities, floor plan and how that all works with your lifestyle.

Hope this helps.

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In the same area/community, DR Horton, hands-down.
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All factors like location, school district upgrades. DR Horton tends to run a larger ROI in their 5 year old communities. In the 10 year old category DR Horton pulls far ahead. Look at 78260 and 78258 for side by side performance.

But, older Centex homes/communities in areas like Helotes are stronger resale. If you are building from dirt today my personal inclination would be Horton.
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Thank You.
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The two builders are reasonably close so it will depend more on the individual community. Centex builds in a wider variety of neighborhoods so it's hard to make a comparison. However, all things being equal, I'd give the nod to DR Horton.
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Instead of focusing on just the builder, I would also consider the neighborhood, the floor plan, quality of construction and upgrades, and also how well the house is maintained over the years. (You should tour model homes to check all these and if possible, talk to neighbors.) If you have a well-built, well-maintained home with a good floor plan in great neighborhood, comparing one builder over another is less important.

Jennifer Perloff
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