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Old 06-11-2017, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Sparks, NV
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Hi we are retiring to the Reno/Spakes area soon. We are thinking about buying new construction in one of the communites. Are there any builders with terrible and/or great reputations?
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Reno
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Hi we are retiring to the Reno/Spakes area soon. We are thinking about buying new construction in one of the communites. Are there any builders with terrible and/or great reputations?
We bought a Toll Brothers home in south Reno last year and are very happy with it. Our Realtor, who knows the Reno market well, cautioned us against buying a DR Horton home, but I have no firsthand knowledge of that company's pluses and minuses.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:03 PM
 
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Most builders in Reno are out for massive profit and slap up ringers all over the place. I would never buy new in Reno unless you can build custom and oversee everything from drywall to plumbing. They are using crap/imported products these days. Don't buy anything with pex plumbing - which was used a lot since 2000. Huge lawsuit.
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:11 PM
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Location: Sparks, NV
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Be weary of homes built during the Boom. 2003-2008. I've seen some shoddy construction. You may want to get it inspected by a third party. A little bit of research will go a long way.
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:38 PM
 
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We bought a Toll Brothers home in south Reno last year and are very happy with it. Our Realtor, who knows the Reno market well, cautioned us against buying a DR Horton home, but I have no firsthand knowledge of that company's pluses and minuses.
Hi there. We are looking at new construction as well. Could I get the name of your realtor?
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Reno
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Hi there. We are looking at new construction as well. Could I get the name of your realtor?
I sent you a direct message with the information.
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Old 01-17-2018, 10:32 PM
 
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I wouldn't be as concerned about the builder but instead where the houses are built. Most of the remaining open land is in major flood plains. There are whole areas on slabs in south Reno that have cracked slabs because the water table is so high. Look at the open spaces and see if there are huge flood mitigation swales. Hmmmm.... I live between Reno and Carson and have seen the Double Diamond area, former cattle pasture, with cattle up to their knees in runoff. Yikes! and now there are thousands of homes. There are plenty of homes in the Hidden Valley area (and another 5000 in the planning stage, I think they call it Butler Ranch) that contains a lot of flood plain property, not to mention mercury in the ground water from old mining activity.

I haven't heard much about the builders in the 35 years we've been here. But there are some sloppy building codes around here. And whether you have kids in school or not there are going to be property tax issues eventually because there is nowhere else to stuff the kids from all of the new homes being built. Oh, and think about roads in the area you choose. Some areas are better than others. South Reno is a bit overloaded now. It seems to be the hot area to build/buy so lots of strip shopping, the DMV is building down here, building going up the sides of foothills because that's all that's left. Coming south into town from the north valleys is a chore due to volume. And they are planning 4000 more homes out there.

I think that most housing, new or used, is way overpriced right now at the top of the bubble. I might think about renting or delaying for a year or so and see if things change. The house next door was bought at the top of the last bubble ($297k), sank to about half its value up until 2 years ago, and now just sold for $375k. Crazy, nothing special, cookie cutter 3/2, 1400 sq feet.
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Old 01-29-2018, 12:36 PM
 
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That is a hearty helping of food for thought...
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Old 01-30-2018, 06:02 PM
 
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Prices are high and builders build cheap. Plastics plumbing pipes with push on connectors, wait until you have to fix something. Bare minimum on the wiring, if you are big into electronics you might check to see if they put in 20amp outlets and circuit breakers in the game room. Got a 4x4 pickup? Measure height, width and depth of the garage. Many HOAs say no vehicles to be parked outside. The HOAs are a pain but all the big developments have them. Do you really need a community pool, tennis courts and landscaped entries? Some of the older developments got rid of their HOAs. The only good thing about a new home is you got ten years to sue the builder for defects.
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:10 PM
 
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Prices are high and builders build cheap. Plastics plumbing pipes with push on connectors, wait until you have to fix something. Bare minimum on the wiring, if you are big into electronics you might check to see if they put in 20amp outlets and circuit breakers in the game room. Got a 4x4 pickup? Measure height, width and depth of the garage. Many HOAs say no vehicles to be parked outside. The HOAs are a pain but all the big developments have them. Do you really need a community pool, tennis courts and landscaped entries? Some of the older developments got rid of their HOAs. The only good thing about a new home is you got ten years to sue the builder for defects.
The " plastic tubing " is pex pipe? That is the standard nowaday. Better than copper pipe, less chance for burst during weather.
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