Monday, November 29, 2010

Historic Charm Or Modern Convenience?

Antique moldings, a unique staircase and a colorful past give one listing a historic charm that can't be replicated, yet another home is brand-new with all of the latest high-tech amenities. Which one is right for you?

We're fortunate to have a variety of home styles and ages to choose from in many areas. Each has its own appeal, depending on your lifestyle, price range and personal taste. I'd be happy to help you find a home that meets your needs and style. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the points to consider when choosing between an older, more historic home and a new, state-of-the-art property.

Older Homes

Craftsmanship: Older homes feature special touches that, in some instances, can't be replicated. Beautiful columns, antique lighting fixtures, stained or beveled glass, wood trim, crown moldings and period accents give a home character and verve.

A Colorful History: Buying an older home often comes with an interesting story. Perhaps a local celebrity lived there at one time. Maybe the home was once the local doctor's office or a popular business. Who needs an interesting knickknack when your entire home is a conversation piece?

Mature Landscaping: Homes in established neighborhoods are surrounded by mature trees and landscaping.

A Hobby for the Handy: If you enjoy puttering around the house, you may be well suited to an older home that requires your loving touch. Many owners of older properties get a lot of satisfaction by treating their home as a hobby of sorts -- a place where they can restore antique fixtures, renew a tired structure and, generally, bring an older home back to its glory days.

New Homes

Convenience: Newer homes have the latest amenities, including built-in appliances, central heating and air, and high-tech wiring for today's computer, telephone and television equipment.

Energy Efficiency: Better windows, efficient heating and cooling equipment, enhanced air filtration, and the latest insulation materials increase energy efficiency in newer homes.

Maintenance: If you're all thumbs when it comes to home repairs, you might consider a new home. With a home built today, for example, you can get siding, windows and trim that never need painting. New homes even have wood decks made of pressure-treated lumber to resist rot and pests.

All The Best,


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