I can address my experience with DR Horton homes in the Houston area . . . they are a builder that has been around for a long time and have survived the cycles in the real estate market overall. My clients have been satisfied with the DR Horton homes they have purchased and I have not had any issues on the resale market. From community to community and state to state where DR Horton builds (any builder for that matter) it will depend on the supervisor running the project and how they communicate with you and how they supervise the subcontractors. Obviously, any home you consider purchasing should be inspected by a licensed inspector and you should be provided with a report of the inspectors findings. I would recommend finding a good, qualified inspector and spend the money to get a very thorough inspection. If you are building a home with DR Horton (or any builder) you should inquire if you can have phase inspections performed. This means, the inspector will show up at different phases of the construction to assist with informing you of any possible issues in the process up to that point and for you to discuss any findings, by the inspector, with your builder supervisor and have these concerns addressed. This should help to eliminate any oversights by the builders subcontractors and correct the concerns prior to the builder proceeding with the building.
As you discuss builders with different people, you will hear good and bad with virtually all of them. Do your homework, talk with others who have purchased DR Horton homes in the area you are considering and get their feedback along with having any home you are considering inspected and inspected well. It will be worth the peace of mind.
I hope this helps and all the best on your new home.
Michael Roddy, REALTOR