Buying into new community early has a risk I am...

Letters

April 18, 1999

Buying into new community early has a risk

I am writing in response to an article in the April 11 Real Estate section regarding the risks and benefits of buying new homes early as opposed to later in the development process ("Timing the purchase").

Masonry Macks Homes' Eldersburg development, Stone Manor, was featured in the article.

The article neglected to mention one risk when purchasing a new home early in the development process: the builder may be sold or merged with another builder, as in the case of Stone Manor and other previous Macks Homes developments.

After much research and visiting various builders, models and communities, I signed a contract for a Macks home in Stone Manor. In doing so, I anticipated moving into a Macks home and community, supported by Macks customer service. However, I unknowingly purchased a Masonry Macks home, as one month after signing our contract, Masonry Contractors and Macks merged.

This may not seem significant. However, when you purchase a new home, you not only purchase the home, but the builders' customer service approach and vision for the development.

That can very significantly among builders and have a definite impact on the satisfaction with your new home and neighborhood.

A. Schaub-Rimel

Eldersburg

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