Today’s new homes offer more benefits than ever before. Here’s a quick list of the Top 10 reasons why so many home buyers prefer new homes to used houses:
1) Design Your Dream Home Your Way: Why settle for someone else’s choices when you can select your favorite cabinets, countertops, appliances, carpets and flooring? While you’re at it, you can choose gorgeous bath and kitchen fixtures, lighting and other options that you love. Your new home will reflect your style, not someone else’s taste.
2) Choose a Floor Plan and Room Layout that Meets Your Needs: Want a master bedroom on the first floor? It’s yours. With massive his and her’s walk-in closets? Done! Want high ceilings and a luxurious, resort-style master bath? Perhaps you’d like a sitting room with a fireplace in your owner’s suite or French doors that open to your private patio or the pool? It’s easy, when you build your master suite your way.
3) All New, Under Warranty: A used home likely has tired products that may soon need replacing. Your new home — and the products that comprise it — are brand-new and under warranty. What’s the cost to replace a roof, appliances, countertops or a water heater on a used home? Those components of your new home feature the latest designs and building materials and should offer you years of comfort and enjoyment before needing replacement.
4) Energy and Cost Savings: Today’s new homes are far more energy efficient than homes built just five years ago. Versus homes built ten or 20 years ago, it’s game over, advantage new.Why settle for drafty, energy-wasting single-pane windows in a used home? Many new homes offer double or even triple-pane windows. Special window coatings and inert gases between the layers of glass are often available, saving you even more energy and money in both heating and cooling season.
5) Comfort and Indoor Air Quality: Today’s new homes meet stringent energy standards and codes not in place in the past. They combine high-performance energy efficiency with state-of-the-art ventilation and air filtration. The result is year-round, draft-free comfort and higher indoor air quality.
6) Low Maintenance: New cars today are computer-designed and computer-equipped. That’s why they perform much more reliably than a car that’s 15 or 20 years old. Homes are the same. Today’s new homes have open floor plans and high ceilings that reflect the way we live today. They’re also made of cutting-edge building products that require less care and maintenance. Another plus? The latest building systems and components are designed and engineered to work together.
7) Community Amenities: Many new homes are built in lavish master-planned communities with resort-style community centers, pools and clubhouses. Many new home communities also feature hiking trails, protected open lands and some of the best new schools and shopping near (or even within) your new home community.
8) Advanced Technology and Design: It’s possible to replace all of the single-pane windows in a resale home with today’s high-performance windows. It’s also possible to add insulation to a used home. However, it’s very expensive to replace dated appliances, cabinets and countertops in a used home — and you still won’t have the high ceilings you dream of on the first floor of an older two-story home. All are reasons to build your new home your way, to reflect the way you live today.
9) Safety: State-of-the-art circuit breakers. Electric garage door openers with infrared beams that stop if a tricycle or child is too near. High-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners that use the latest environmentally-friendly coolants. Cabinets, carpets and paints that use fewer volatile organic compounds, so that you and your family can breathe easier.
10) That New Home Feel: A used home was someone else’s dream, not yours. It reflects their choices and family memories. You may learn to love avocado-green appliances (and you may be willing to scrub stained countertops or grease-encrusted ovens and cooktops) but more and more people prefer that never lived-in feel.
After all, when was the last time you went to a department store and selected used clothes? Or visited a car dealer and paid more for a used car than a new car?
New homes offer the latest designs, style, comfort and quality. They provide a care-free lifestyle so that you can enjoy your home, not work on it. Start shopping now on MyJerusalemHomes.com, the world’s largest and most complete new home website. You’ll be glad you did.
The Hebrew meaning of the term “TAMA 38” is “National Outline Plan”. The “TAMA 38” city plan touches upon strengthening existing structures against earth quakes. The plan is meant to define which structures do not conform to the Israeli standards and building codes, and therefore require structure strengthening work. Additionally, the plan enables the applicant to receive construction permits, and includes construction additions to existing structures, tax reliefs and substantial exemptions. All these are meant to encourage awareness for structure strengthening, and to reduce related expenses.
Most buildings built in Israel prior to 1980 do not meet the requirements of the Israeli standard. Since the state of Israel is on the Great Rift Valley, an area known for experiencing not-infrequent earthquakes, there is a necessity to strengthen these structures. “TAMA 38” was presented by the National Council for Planning and Construction, and was confirmed by the Israeli government on April 14th 2005. Actual execution began at the end of 2008, with the completion of law amendments providing for it – property tax law, planning and construction law, and property law. In the framework of implementing rights, according to “TAMA 38”, the tenants are exempt from all tax duties and all deals are tax free.
In January 2013, the planning management of the Israeli Ministry of Interior issued a report about the implementation of “TAMA 38” during 2012. The report concluded that during the years there has been a gradual and substantial increase of the scope of implementation of “TAMA 38”, and the geographical area in which the plan is implemented has widened. The report determined that the plan was aggressively implemented in the Haifa, Tel Aviv, and central Israel areas, and it contributed greatly to city renewal in old urban areas. The report also covered substantial renovations of residential units in high-demand areas, apartment enlargements, building appearance improvements, building security defense levels, upgrading geometrical structure systems, and more.
Why implement TAMA 38?
Since the cost of reinforcing buildings is high and entails numerous certifications, Tama 38 allows residents to benefit from the reinforcement of the building against earthquakes and security threats with no additional expenses or inconvenience. Moreover, Tama 38 creates further opportunities for residents with the addition of 25 gross meter room/s, 12 gross meters of open space/balcony, thus increasing the value of the building by about 40% and ensuring that it meets the most recent international standards in the construction industry, including technological infrastructures, visibility, precision treatment of existing infrastructure, and more.
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