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Old 03-01-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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How would you characterize the overall quality of housing construction in the DFW area?

Are there any radical shifts from decade to decade in the quality?

Is it better or worse than other parts of the country that you have experienced?

Thanks.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:58 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Those are pretty vague questions that only someone with years of experience and knowledge of the area could even begin to answer. Big factor is what price range of home are we discussing ?

Curious, why you ask ?
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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I am moving there and know very little about the housing stock. I think they are general questions which allow for general answers.

Some parts of the country are notorious for inferior construction, others....not so much.

Hopefully someone with a lot of real estate knowledge and experience will be able to provide some insight.

Price range.....average...250k-350k.

Thanks.

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Those are pretty vague questions that only someone with years of experience and knowledge of the area could even begin to answer. Big factor is what price range of home are we discussing ?

Curious, why you ask ?
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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I am moving there and know very little about the housing stock. I think they are general questions which allow for general answers.

Some parts of the country are notorious for inferior construction, others....not so much.

Hopefully someone with a lot of real estate knowledge and experience will be able to provide some insight.

Price range.....average...250k-350k.

Thanks.
Pricing/quality hasn't changed all that much in DFW over the last 20-30 years, but to some it certainly seems like it has. The thing people are forgetting about is inflation.

A 250k home in 1985 was a VERY nice home, custom, with lots of expensive details and such. Fast forward almost 30 years though, and 250k back then will buy you a $500k home now, which is going to have lots of custom touches, expensive details... You get the picture.

A home built to $300k standards probably was built for $150-200k in the 80's.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: plano
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My home in Plano was built in 1999, it is a large home on a decent sized lot and would be classified as custom. I rate the buillt quality on it as excellent. This is supported by an engineer inspection including slab deflection measurements when I bought it a little over a year ago. The base systems are well engineered and installed with signicant details or bells and whistles. I cant speak to other time frames of build in DFW area. I moved from Houston where I worked for a homebuilder. The Houston cycles are the boom of late 70's resulted in lower quality home until things slowed then recovered to a more normal pace in the 90s when quality of construction rose. This question requires someone with a long term perspective of the building industry in Dallas which I do not have. So my comments are worth what they cost you.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Collin County,TX
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I am moving there and know very little about the housing stock. I think they are general questions which allow for general answers.

Some parts of the country are notorious for inferior construction, others....not so much.

Hopefully someone with a lot of real estate knowledge and experience will be able to provide some insight.

Price range.....average...250k-350k.

Thanks.
That price range can be a great home in some areas, and a dump in other areas. Get a home inspection. Look on yelp for info and reviews.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:21 AM
 
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general questions get general answers but you will be buying a specific house---

many people would have conflicting responses based on their personal experiences with very narrow market sample--not always the best way to gain "general" knowledge...

find a good MLS site--
see what areas are within your level of tolerance for work commute
search in your price range and feature set for homes/neighborhoods and see what you like
THEN run a search on the forum for specific neighborhoods--
After reading what comes up post another specific question about areas that you want more info about

that price point is one that many people are tying to buy a great house in--trouble is their idea of "great" and what the market has to offer may not coincide...
tremendous variety in age/price/location/schools/quality within 250-350K...
there is nothing "general" about it really--
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:58 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I read in a recent issue of the Angie's List magazine that home inspectors see the most problems in houses built from 1997 onwards. That isn't because those are the ones inspected most frequently; it has to do with the build quality. That doesn't mean every newer home is of poor quality, nor does it mean that every older home is of higher quality. Nor does it mean every older home is a money pit.

In short: it depends. It varies from house to house. Find one you like and get a good, thorough inspection.

Best of luck.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:41 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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In short: it depends. It varies from house to house. Find one you like and get a good, thorough inspection.
This is why I asked about your price range & desires in housing. They built some really crappy lower priced houses in the 70's & 90's and the built some very high quality homes. Some of the best homes were built in the 80's and they are building some fantastic homes now. Floor plans have evolved and todays plans are very family friendly.

There are several builders to avoid (at all cost) and there are maybe 3-4 fantastic builders in your price range, 5-6 medium builders who are Ok.

One of the things I really like about homes being built in the last 3 years is their energy efficiency. Utility bills should be about half of what a 10 year old home would be.

What you need is to find a highly qualified real estate buyers agent who has experience, knows construction, knows the builders to avoid & who are the best. A good agent does not sell you a home but helps you buy the very best home you can get for your money.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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This is why I asked about your price range & desires in housing. They built some really crappy lower priced houses in the 70's & 90's and the built some very high quality homes. Some of the best homes were built in the 80's and they are building some fantastic homes now. Floor plans have evolved and todays plans are very family friendly.

There are several builders to avoid (at all cost) and there are maybe 3-4 fantastic builders in your price range, 5-6 medium builders who are Ok.

One of the things I really like about homes being built in the last 3 years is their energy efficiency. Utility bills should be about half of what a 10 year old home would be.

What you need is to find a highly qualified real estate buyers agent who has experience, knows construction, knows the builders to avoid & who are the best. A good agent does not sell you a home but helps you buy the very best home you can get for your money.
I disagree about a newer home being automatically more energy efficient. They may have more insulation and newer systems, but you can upgrade an older house's insulation and systems. You can put in new windows in an old house, as I did. Also, you're not factoring in one really obvious advantage of an older home...they tend to be "closer in", which can greatly reduce your gas usage. Also, urban sprawl is not really a good thing. At least not to me.
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