The usually have character and can be closer to areas you want to go. There is no use buying a "green" home if you have to drive out of your way all the time.
Using what is existing is one of the best ways to be sustainable. A new more efficient home takes about 15 years to pay off it's impact on the environment.
Lastly find an Agent and Lender that will work with you in getting a Energy Efficient Mortgage. This FHA loan will allow you to finance your energy improvements in at the time of purchase. This is a really easy loan to get done and is well worth the few extra steps. The extra you pay every month on the loan will be offset by energy savings and often exceeded so it saves money every month and you can get a more comfortable, healthier, efficient and durable home.
Hope that helps.
I've lived here in Folsom since 1989... raised my boys here and it was the best move I made coming from the South Bay Area.
You know when we first moved here, we got a new place. However looking back on it now, I'd probably consider something already in place. It took years for the trees to mature and give us some shade.
If you go over to the Parkway and Lexington Hills, you'll have it all... There's lots great parks, trails and a large wetland nature preserve. The Folsom Kids Play Park is there and of course Oak Chan elementary school.
The houses in Lexington Hills started to pop up from about 1989 and the Parkway about 1996. They have some nice streets of well manicured homes with "lush" landscaping and mature trees that you aren't going to get in a newer neighborhood.
That's why Briggs Ranch was so popular when it came on line back in 92 or 93 because there were many lots that had some monster Oak Trees that gave it a more mature look but with brand new homes. Take a swing by there because that's a pretty nice area of "custom lots" with a mix of Custom and Production homes on them.
I'm not a real big fan of Empire Ranch, they have more fees, smaller lots, with houses set a little closer to the street, but they have a pretty nice elementary school and of course the golf course is located there. However, you don't find as many trails and parks as you would in the Parkway and Lexington Hills.
Broadstone and Los Cerros are some other neat areas you should take a peek at but without knowing your price range, it's kind of difficult here in this forum to determine what you are looking for.
These are my opinions of course, but I've lived here for a bit now and have watched this town grow. The bottom line is no matter where you buy in Folsom, you will love it here.
I hope this helps...
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Obviously buying brand new is great since you are the first owner and can have the house built to your choices...but your inventory in where to buy is very limited and you will probably be paying slightly high price per square foot for a new house...no negotiations typically when dealing with a builder versus an actual home owner.
Hopefully this helps a little....there are obviously pros and cons to both options....
Something else to keep in mind as you shop is the monthly property tax cost for each community. Empire Ranch does have Mello Roos fees which is something better to find out about upfront.
Be sure to ask your agent to research that for you on each home you look into.
Happy House Hunting!
There are MANY other fantastic, nearly new neighborhoods in Folsom. The Parkway is located directly on bike and walking trails. Other parts of Empire Ranch have a similar feel to The New Riata, and you may be able to find a similar home for less. Broadstone also has newer homes available.
My suggestion, whether you buy a new or resale home is to hire a Realtor to represent you. You won't pay a dime for their services (the seller pays them) and you'll have someone in your court with your best interests in mind. Remember, the sales rep's job at The New Riata is to sell you THOSE homes. A Realtor hired by you is hired to help you find exactly what you are looking for (and they are seeking your referral and testimonial).
Happy House Hunting!
Keller Williams Realty
Thanks for your question!
There are advantages of buying a new home vs. a new home. First, you are buying something new (never been occupied before). Even though it is new, however, you will still want to obtain a home inspection. Another advantage is that you are likely to get a home warranty from the builder. One of the key factors in buying a new home is to determine who the builder is and do some research on their homes and where they build. You can typically go to their website and view this information. You may also want to tour the neighborhoods to get a general idea of how the homes compare to other neighborhoods.