Are the houses in the subdivisions that all look similar a good buy? I've heard that the builders often cut corners to save money.

Asked by Spartmt21, Swartz Creek, MI Mon Jul 26, 2010

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Chip Andis, Agent, Waterford, MI
Tue Jul 27, 2010
Here in Michigan we often hear this question. The fallacy of subdivisions developed by one company has often been that the builders must be using substandard products or “cutting corners”. The reality is usually that the organized builder reduces expenses by buying in large quantities. Everything from the land to the nails are purchased less than an individual would be able to. Many times portions of the houses are interchangeable which saves time and money. The savings make it possible for a buyer to have a home for a price less than would have been possible if purchased elsewhere. The builder normally has sufficient quality control measures in place to ensure that the house is built with the standards that the buyer would expect.

We always advise that a buyer enlist a professional inspector when considering a home to purchase. This includes homes of all ages, builders, and subdivisions. Having the professional opinion of the inspector will help give confidence to the buyer that the quality of the house is what is expected.

Your Buyer’s Agent can also do research on how similar homes are selling in the subdivision, to help come up with an offer price.

For real estate questions, check the web site below or contact:

Chip Andis
Cell (248) 931-0084

34 S. Telegraph Rd
Waterford, MI 48328
Office (248) 886-0000
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Pam Bava, Agent, Rochester, MI
Mon Jul 26, 2010
Hi Spartmt21
It probably depends on the builder and second, they probably get a better price on material. Not exactly sure what you mean by cutting corners, quality or quanity?
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Cathy Catale…, Agent, staten island, NY
Mon Jul 26, 2010
Spartmt..that is a very good question. What I suggest you do is contact a realtor in your area and ask them to do a cma (get comes in the area fitting that criteria) and see if the homes are holding their value.

Good luck
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