We are looking for a home in Phoenix. The neighbor hood where we would like to stay have old houses, built in 70's. is a wise idea to buy an old?

Asked by geetalikar, Phoenix, AZ Thu Dec 20, 2012


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Wade Kawaha…, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Sat Dec 22, 2012
A lot depends on what amenities you are looking for in a house. If you are looking for a larger master bedroom with a bigger master bath then newer homes are better for you. As far as construction goes, most older homes don't have the most up to date energy efficiency but if you find a brick or block home, they are generally VERY solid. If you do regular maintenance and a few upgrades, an older home will serve you well. If the neighborhood that you want to live in has older homes, you will be best served to live in an older home. Just make sure you have a very thorough inspection done to find any potential problems. It looks as if you are thinking of buying in 85254 and in general, most of the homes in that area are well maintained. Good luck with your search.
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scott farmer, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Fri Aug 23, 2013
I would look at this as a practical matter. That is if you have your heart set on the area and an older home is the only option.

Look at the structural integrity of the home, what type of plumbing does it have (materials used), and what condition is the electrical in? What condition is the heating/cooling in?

i would then set aside moneys each month for unexpected repairs.

There are additional inspection techniques and tools that can be used such as optical cameras that can scope underground sewer lines for cracks or damage. Old wires might have been compromised by rodents. I've seen 20yr old homes with a 220 power cable eaten completely through by rodents. They ate the plastic casing.

Home inspections are usually considered "general" inspections. Meaning they dont look at every little thing. They are there to get a general sense of the condition of the home. That is why I would set up a repair fund for an older home.

Additionally, we also have a list of great handyman helpers if you would need one. They are very reasonably prices.

Bottom line: Get a respected home inspector that will give you a good idea of the general health of the home. Make sure you get the main systems of the home in good repair (roof, heating cooling, electrical, and foundation/structure). Have a home repair budget and/or update account. This type of account will also help you keep the home updated for a better resale value.

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Bianca Benne…, Agent, Glendale, AZ
Fri Jun 21, 2013
I can help you with that. I actually have a listing with an old house in a 55+ neighborhood. Let me know if you would like a private tour.

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Michael Glea…, Agent, Paradise Valley, AZ
Sat Jun 15, 2013
Older homes can have more charm than other houses. They have older bones and in most cases have been remodel or updated. However, they also should be inspected for repaired or hidden defects that may reduce value or hold hidden surprises for both buyer and seller.

In short older homes in the right neighborhood can offer a great deal and real charm to the interested buyer. If I can help please feel free to contact me.
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James Wehner, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Wed Jun 5, 2013
Many older homes in the Phoenix area have seen extensive remodeling through the years. Some of the main considerations in purchasing an older home are the HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Windows, Roofing, along with some items, such as lead based paint and asbestos.

If you know what to look for, or work with a real estate agent that does, you can enjoy living in your 1970's built neighborhoods.
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Ryan Buckley…, Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ
Tue Feb 5, 2013
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Susan Job, Agent, Mesa, AZ
Fri Dec 21, 2012
Personally I really like the 70's and 80's homes. Just like the new ones, there may be some that are not built so well or need updated but most were built much better than homes are today. My new home is from the 70's and I wouldn't trade it for a new one for anything! It is all solid block construction and has beautiful mature landscaping with huge trees surrounding the property. The home was previously remodeled very nicely about 5 years ago so it is all updated and it was built with very high cathedral ceilings and has a very open floor plan. Our old house was built in the 90's and was really built poorly and had many more maintenance issues than this remodeled older home has had. This old block home will be standing long after that newer one falls apart!
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Joseph Domino, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Fri Dec 21, 2012
While the age of the home is important with regard to style, design and features, what is far more important is location and condition (remember location, location, location). Any home can be remodeled or updated, but the location cannot be changed.

I have seen many older homes (1970's is not old) that were in perfect condition, classic designs, if you will. I have also seen newer homes that were not maintained and were falling apart.

The only real issue is do you like the styling of the older home or do you prefer the newer styling or recent homes?
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