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Asked by Zuglo, Albuquerque Meadows, Albuquerque, NM Mon Jul 8, 2013

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Laurie Fisher, Agent, Aylett, VA
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Oh, My Zuglo! It appears that you are very nervous about making a decision.
Be informed, ask questions, do research but please remember no one has built the perfect house yet! . You say that the home looks to be in great condition. I suggest you move forward!
Remember even with new construction there can still be issues down the road. When the use of polybutelene plumbing, sonotube ducting, chinese drywall,synthetic stucco siding, masonite siding, or cement asbestos siding was first introduced in new construction, builders thought these were great products. Now we know better.
So be informed, ask questions, do research , get any & all inspections you deem necessary and move forward.
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Pat & Steve…, Agent, Westlake, OH
Mon Jul 8, 2013
People buy and live in homes that are over 100 yrs. old. The age of a home is not an issue as long as the home is well maintained. A home inspector will tell you and give you a report on the condition of the home and if it has any material defects.
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James Eichel, Agent, Albuquerque, NM
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Good Morning Zuglo, Age alone shouldn't deter you from considering a home built in the 80's. Condition can be determined by many factors including builder, location, and most importantly...ownership maintenance over the years. A full home inspection and termite & dry-rot inspection is always recommended. Dependent upon the inspection comments, additional inspections may be warranted. The first step is to obtain all available information and visit the property to determine if the house would benefit your needs. Please contact me with the property address and I will be happy to assist with the research. Thanks. James. 505-363.9687.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Jul 8, 2013
In my opinion, the condition and level of care given to a home is of higher priority that the year in which it was constructed. A thorough inspection should provide you with the clarity you require. Consider contacting a local inspector to find out about what their inspection will cover and address your concerns with them.

Good luck,

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Leigh-Jo Anz…, Agent, Albuquerque, NM
Mon Jul 8, 2013

Age shouldn't scare you. Like with any home, be sure to get all of the necessary inspections for the property (inside and out).

If you're buying directly from the home owner, GET AN AGENT TO REPRESENT YOU!

Syan Real Estate
Call/Text: (505) 730-8181
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Matt Peters, Agent, Albuquerque, NM
Mon Jul 8, 2013
In 1978 lead based paint was outlawed for use in residential construction. In 1980 NM adopted an Energy Code that add "performance" to building requirements. Any post-1980 home should be a reasonable performer, assuming reasonable care and maintenance.

Newer homes may be better in some ways, and not as good in other. Sort of depends on the quality of the construction and the care or abuse the home has experienced. Some areas of Albuquerque that may be desirable only have homes that are over a certain age, A reasonable built home that is reasonably maintained should be serviceable for 80-120 years.

Many parts of the country, a home built in 1980 would be considered "newer".

Matt Peters (505) 269-4791
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Arthur Miller, Agent, Albuquerque, NM
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Good morning Zuglo,

A house built in 1983 is not necessarily a problem but there are some practices that where used in 1983 that you should explore. The use of polybutelene plumbing is a negative feature that will adversely effect the value of your investment and could be a source of anguish in the coming years when dealing with the inevitable repairs and eventual replacement of the water lines. The type of ducting is something that I would also consider because there is a possibility of sonotube ducting but this was only performed under the foundation and even if the ducting was metal an inspection is suggested because the metal is known to rust out. The location of the house is also important to understand because you could be on radon rich soil and having exposed ductwork pushing radon into the house could be a serious health hazard. The hazardous possibilities are endless but so are the remedies and the costs to cure. A professional Realtor can assist you in properly evaluating these concerns.

Kind regards,
Art Miller
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Steve Quinta…, Agent, Albuquerque, NM
Mon Jul 8, 2013
The age of the home, by itself, should not scare you off unless you absolutely, positively require a home of newer vintage. Some people require a newer home and that is a different analysis than your question.

There are home categories in Albuquerque that are known for carrying certain issues. For instance, polybutalene pipes, collapsed in-floor duct work, aluminum wiring and soil subsidence concerns are more likely to be found in some areas than in others. Similarly some homes are in better condition than others due to original construction, age or owner maintenance.

What questions do you have that you think are beyond the inspector's ability to answer? There are many kinds of inspections available; what one inspector cannot answer, another can help with.

A thorough inspection and background investigation should provide reasonable answers to your questions. For instance, did you ask your insurance agent to run a claims check on the property to determine the home's insurance claims history? Did you look at the FEMA flood zone map? Is the title history clear?

Investigating a home means getting conclusive answers to your questions. This can be done. Ask your broker to guide that process and be ready to help, or call me to get this project organized.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Your question does not provide sufficient information.
There are many tell-tale signs of a home that has endured poor maintainence in the past.
You do not mention if this is a block/brick constructed home or a frame home.
There is no indication regarding important factors such as terrain (below grade) pier or slab, custom build or tract housing. Each of these provides optional, clear and observable ways to confirm the quality of the construction. Your real estate professional may have such a guide for you to reference.
IF it LOOKS GREAT and is in GREAT CONDITION after 30 YEARS, what exactly are you wanting to hear?

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Mon Jul 8, 2013
I personally feel they don't make anything like they used to. Homes from the early 1900's had plaster walls and were extremely sturdy. Home building is a business, that being said time is of the essence when constructing these homes. The longer the builder holds onto the home the more money they lose. I wouldn't necessarily be scared of a new construction, it could be a great home. I would research the builder and see what their reputation is, that would be a good way to start.

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Roland Vinya…, Agent, Sprakers, NY
Mon Jul 8, 2013
People in Europe live in home that are 1000 years old. There is no life span to a well built and well-maintained home. Structurally speaking, that is. A newer one may have amenities and energy saving advances that you cannot get in an older home. In general, I have always thought that the average home building before the 1940's will have a longer lifespan than those built since 1950. But there are so many exceptions to this rule of thumb that anyone would do themselves a disservice to try to use it instead of making a decision on a case by case basis.
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Allan Erps, Agent, Pearl River, NY
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Do not know about your area but a 30 year old house with a newer roof(check boiler & H2O) plus a thorough home inspection should not stand in your way. In our area this may be considered a newer home as historic homes exist in my area that go back centuries.
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