Buying a Home

21st Century Benefits of Homeownership

February 16, 2016

From technology to medicine, the 21st century has already seen a great number of advances—and there’s still over 80 years to go! One more category to add to the list? New home construction.

If you haven’t bought a brand-new home in several decades (or ever), now is a great time to do so. Here are some of the many exciting improvements that set today’s new homes apart from ones that are so last century.

Improved design & functionality.

Home design has come a long way in the past 15-plus years. Today’s new homes are planned to accommodate modern lifestyles, offering desirable features like open layouts, walk-in closets, abundant storage and 3-car garages. Have you seen the closet space—or lack thereof—in some older homes?!

Twenty-first century homes also typically offer greater functionality than their—shall we say, more senior—counterparts. Modern architects are paying close attention to buyers’ needs and preferences and as a result, today’s house hunters have a greater selection of floor plans to accommodate their diverse lifestyles. Buyers searching for brand-new homes can now choose from:

  • Sophisticated townhomes with dual master suites and 2-car garages
  • Three-story, standalone, low-maintenance urban homes (see our Cityscape Collection)
  • Sprawling suburban homes set on spacious homesites
  • Homes with a dedicated living space for extended family members or guests (see our Modern Living Collection)
  • Versatile homes that offer incredible value for their price point (see our Seasons Collection)
  • And more!

More personalization options.

When it comes to customizing brand-new homes, today’s buyers have a seemingly endless array of choices. In addition to selecting their floor plan and homesite, buyers can choose from a wide range of structural options, finishes and fixtures, depending on the homebuilder. Richmond American’s professional design consultants are always on hand to help homebuyers coordinate colors and surfaces throughout their new living spaces—a complimentary service!

Modern technology.

Brand-new homes usually have a leg up on older homes when it comes to the latest and greatest technology. Unlike older resales, which may have to be retrofitted for new home tech, buyers can often choose to wire their new homes for home theaters, security systems, multi-room audio systems and more during the construction process.

Enhanced energy efficiency.

According to the RESNET HERS® Index, new homes typically consume much less energy than those built decades (or hundreds of years) ago. They generally boast the latest energy-efficient appliances as well as enhanced window designs, greater insulation and more efficient heating and cooling systems than their resale counterparts, which may translate to lower energy bills.

Greater access to amenities.

Once upon a time, it was all about the home. Now it’s about the home and the conveniences that surround it. Many brand-new homes are built in masterplans or other communities that offer exciting amenities, such as clubhouses with fitness facilities, swimming pools and spas, playgrounds, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, community farms and gardens, sports fields and courts and more. In addition, new homes are often built within walking distance of popular schools and shops.

If you’re ready to begin your 21st century house hunt, visit to find the community and floor plan that’s right for you. Want help narrowing down your search? Contact a New Home Specialist at 888-500-7060 for advice and assistance!

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