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The new car smell. The feeling of a new pair of jeans. The sounds of a new beverage can being opened. Let's be honest, who doesn't love getting something that's brand new, especially if it was designed and built just for you? While many people hear "custom" and think "crazy expensive," the value of having something that is exactly right may outweigh the costs involved, especially when it comes to building a new home.

Whether you build a new home or buy an existing one, the financial obligation of owning any home is too great to not make the right decision. As many people come up empty-handed in looking for the home of their dreams on the market, building a custom home or villa has become an option for many. If you are unsure if you should build a home, here are some things to consider before making that choice.

BUILT WITH YOU IN MIND

One of the best reasons to build a home is because it is customized to you. You'll get most of everything you are looking for, from doorknobs to layout, the home is built with you in mind. But aside from the actual home, you also get to pick where your home will be. Whether you're looking in Canfield or Poland, Niles or Howland, Columbiana or Salem, you have the opportunity to not just build the home of your dreams, but to avoid competition for finding a home in a community you want to be in.

ELIMINATE THE COMPETITION

Competition in today's marketplace is at an all-time high. Inventory is not an issue, but the number of time homes are on the market is. By choosing to build a home, you are taking yourself out of the feverish competition of bidding, hoping, and praying that you get the house that just came on the market. If you are looking to build, the headaches of getting into a bidding war are gone, as are maintenance issues you may run into.

YOU STILL NEED A REALTOR

Shocking, right? Like selling your home, you can do this on your own, but the best way to figure out if building a home is best for you is by connecting and enlisting the help of a professional real estate agent. They not only know the market but also know the areas, the costs involved and can even help you with finding reputable contractors, should you want to go down this path. Best of all, if building your home is not in your cards, they already know what you are looking for and can be the best advocate to help you find something that is perfect for you when it comes on the market.

KEEP UP WITH JONESES

If you like new things or don't like to repair old things, building a new home may be in your cards. New homes not only have to be held to the latest building codes, but they will also have the latest technologies, latest features, and advancements in building and energy efficiency as well as ways to save costs in the long run. When buying a preexisting home, you may run into issues with the roof or the furnace or the hot water tank that you may not know about. In building your new home, these maintenance issues are no longer a concern.

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