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What should I take into account when buying a new home?

You can find out more about an existing property and neighborhood before you buy than you can a new home in a newly developed community.

Things to consider: Ask homeowners already living in a development about the builder. If none currently live there, find out where the builder has previously built and speak to those owners to find out if the builder followed through on promises and needed repairs. A good opportunity to ask around is at open houses in a neighborhood. This Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 1-3pm, there will be an open house at 30 Cameo Dr. in Siena, Cherry Hill, N.J.

Siena saw its growth circa 1994 and the homes were built by Canuso and Pond & Spitz. Most of the homes have are generally situated on 1/3 acre lots, have 4 to 6 bedrooms, 2-1/2 to 5-1/2 baths, full basements, and 2 to 3 car attached garages. Siena is conveniently located off of Springdale Rd. between Route 70 and Kresson Rd. Driving to Philadelphia is under 20 minutes and one can get to I295 and the NJ Turnpike in 5-10 minutes.

One of Cherry Hill’s most treasured spots is Springdale Farms Market, which backs up to Siena. Children and adults, for generations, have looked forward every Fall to the farm’s cider donuts and hayrides. . Make it a point to stop by after you visit 30 Cameo’s open house. You simply must treat yourself to one of their warm cider donuts! Who knows? You might be starting a wonderful family tradition in your new neighborhood.

When the home is on the outskirts of town, ask the developer about future access to public transit, entertainment venues, shopping centers, churches, and schools. Also review local zoning ordinances. A remote area can quickly turn into a fast food haven. You want to ensure the neighborhood will not spiral out of control and lose its residential appeal.

Ability to make changes. Most homes in a development resemble each other. But the developer may impose restrictions on house color, landscaping, renovations, and other items that a homeowner may want to alter.

Do not buy into the ideal, glossy images created by marketing experts. Form your own opinions about a property and only buy where you feel comfortable. After all, you are the one who will be living there.

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