Sub-sale House VS New House. Which One is Suitable for Me?

Buying a house is one of the crucial tasks that you ever make in your entire life. Before buying a house, you need to consider a few things to avoid making a wrong decision as it will influence the living of your life.

What should you consider? First thing first, ask yourself a question, should I buy a sub-sale or new house? If you are unsure of your decision whether to buy a new or sub-sale house, you need to make a few comparisons between both of them to get the right answer for your question.

Before further ado, you need to know the meaning between a new house and sub-sale house. What is meant by a new house? A new house is referring to one that has been completed or incomplete project by a developer. It means that you buy a house directly from the developer and no one has lived in the house yet. You can buy the house under construction too. Then, how about the sub-sale house? The meaning of the sub-sale house is second-hand home, which the business is taking between the buyers and homeowner (obviously no developer involved). It means that you buy a house directly from the homeowner when he is insisting to sell his house.

What are the considerations that you need to pay attention?


  • Price and Cost.

We investigate these houses; the price is the main thing that you need to consider before you decide to buy a house. It is not only about the house price, the cost also you need to take into consideration. What is the difference? Price is referred to as the house price, meanwhile, the cost is referred to as the amount that you need to concoct for the things that are required. 

The sub-sale house is sold at a lower price compared to the brand-new house. Why? One of the reasons is the aging factor of the house. You can bargain the house price with the current homeowner by judging the condition of the house. Before that, you need to know the market value of the house to avoid paying excessive prices. 

Brand-new houses, the price is characteristically higher than sub-sale houses due to their fresh conditions. You can get a better price by taking benefit of the discounts and rebates offered by the developers to find the best deals. 


  • Quality of the Building.

The next thing that you should consider is the build quality. When you buy a property, you obviously want to be sure about its construction quality. 

For sub-sale house, you can do your own study by chatting to long-time residents of the district in order for you to gain a rough concept of the build quality that you are interested in. Besides, you can also do online research to spot the defects such as cracks. 

How about for the new-brand house? How are you going to measure the build quality of your new house? Calm down. You could try observing at the past projects by the similar developer to find out if there had been major problems with build quality, while there is no assurance. 


  • The Sufficiency of Choice.

As we can see, the number of brand-new houses is increasing rapidly as they compete with each other. And some of them gives an attractive offer to the buyers in order to increase their sales.

For sub-sale houses, your selections are limited to the vacant units that are being sold by their landlords. Also, you may have to derive to a cooperation and not be able to satisfy your every demand should you take to go this way.

Meanwhile, if you wanted to buy a newly built house, and you are among the earliest buyers in the housing area, you are spoilt for the choice and can pick a unit which is close to a recreational area or a corner lot unit, it all depends on your budget.


  • Written Guarantee a.k.a Warranty.

A home warranty refers to specifically to your individual contract. This may include coverage of all parts and components of your home’s electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems as well as many other home appliances. It is designed to protects your home’s appliances and systems from breakdowns caused by normal wear and tear.

Buyers of sub-sale houses need to inspect the properties and negotiate with the present owners regarding any existing defects before the properties change in hands as there will be no more warranty for defects once the transfer of ownership is finalized. Besides, you could ask for repairing work from the current owner or decrease the price to enable you to foot the charges of repair.

Buying a brand-new house does not automatically free you from having to deal with defects. However, according to the sales agreement, you do have an advantage in the form of a warranty offered by the developer. The defect liability period is 24 months after the date the buyer takes vacant possession, and within this period, the developer should fix any defects in the house which does not follow the plan as its own cost and expenses which have been promised in the SPA. Make sure the developer offers a warranty for defects within a stipulated time frame as you have a right to a brand-new house in good condition and quality as what has been promised.


In a nutshell, now that you have a rough understanding of what you are receiving into when you buy a sub-sale or brand-new house, and you can start aiming your budget accordingly. But you need to make sure your credit score is strong, so your home loan application has a greater possibility of approval.



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