You want a new home in Santa Cruz, but you’re not sure whether it’s best to build a new one or buy an existing home. The first thing you should do is identify your priorities. Do you dream of a customized house built from the ground up, or is living near all the action in your ideal neighborhood most important to you?
Before you make up your mind or put in an offer, take the time to prioritize the following:
• Location - Can you find land to build on in your desired location? If not, are you willing to consider a different area if it means you’ll get a house tailored to your specifications? If you’re extremely location focused, you might have to give up the idea of building your perfect house and concentrate on available homes in the area.