Unlike most of the other respondents I am an actual homeowner. Therefore I have no "Skin" in the game. You should consider buying an older home that was not built by the likes of Centex or Pulte or Davis etc... These homes are built to bare minimum standards. That's to say they are the cheapest possible materials found and the cheepest labor (illegal immigrants). The designs for the HVAC and Windows should be criminal. The windows melt the siding on your neighbors homes and visa versa.
Forget receiving satisfaction on repair orders. They will cost you a fortune and will never be done right.
I live in a Centex community in Fishers, and I must say that I have been pleased with the quality and construction of my house. In speaking with my neighbors, I have not heard too many complaints, and when construction issues have arisen, Centex (now Pulte) has been responsive.
Great question. By all measures, Centex is as decent a builder of homes in their category as any other builder. If I were considering a brand new home, I would not necessarily rule out Centex.
But that's really only part of the story. The bigger concern I have about new suburban construction in Fishers is that values are extremely flat over the last several years. People who have built new homes in the last few years and find themselves either wanting or needing to move are getting hammered in the marketplace. They're often not able to sell at the price they paid just a few short years ago.
My opinion is this: if you're planning on staying in the home for a long time, then perhaps it might make sense to purchase a new home. If, however, you're not expecting to stay for that length of time, you might plan on taking a hit when you sell. If you're willing to bear the cost and the house makes sense for you at this time, then by all means go forward. Just go forward with your eyes open.
I recorded a podcast a while back related to new home construction. I think it's pertinent to your question. Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/6yol2k6
Good luck in your process!
Principal Broker, REALTORÂ®
MacDuff Realty Group