Start Fresh: Buy a New Home

Homebuyers in the Northwest have a lot of options in today’s real estate market. There are plenty of new homes and resale homes available. Why not start fresh in a brand-new home? Depending on what your priorities are, there are several advantages to buying a new home.

Here are some of the top benefits of buying a newly-built home:

Designed for Today

New construction homes are built to satisfy today’s needs. New home builders tap into today’s design trends for flexible, open floor plans, larger kitchens, spacious rooms, outdoor living spaces, and plenty of storage space. They’re also wired for today’s technology, making it easier to outfit your home with the latest smart technology.


Instead of settling for someone else’s design preferences, you can customize your new home to be a true reflection of your style. Depending on the building stage of a new home, you may be able to select the type of flooring, fixtures, paint colors, and other options to create a unique home tailored for you.

Energy Efficient

Newly built homes are more energy-efficient than resale homes thanks to improved building requirements. Today’s building codes require a tighter-sealed building envelope that prevents air from escaping the house, meaning your home stays cooler during the summer and warmer in the winter months. Additional energy-efficient features include higher-efficiency insulation, doors, windows, and appliances. All of which works together to keep your utility bills lowers and your wallet fuller.

Low Maintenance Living

Today’s new homes offer low-maintenance living in two ways. First, they’re built cutting-edge building materials that require less maintenance, like using composite materials instead of wood that can rot or need repainting. Second, because everything is new, there’s less need for repairs, especially in the first few years of owning the home.

New Home Warranties

A definite advantage of newly built homes is that everything in the house is brand new. Everything in your home is under warranty and since they’re at the start of their lifecycle, you’re ensured many years of problem-free usage before it needs to be repaired. Most builders offer a one-year warranty to cover any needed repairs during the first year in your home, leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

Buy New in the Northwest

If you’re looking to buy a new home in the Northwest, we want to help! Hayden Homes has new home communities throughout the Northwest in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Reach out today to learn more about what we have to offer.

How to Choose the Right Floor Plan for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Floor Plan for Your HomeThere are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to finding a new home. You’ve probably already decided which neighborhood you want to live in, the type and style of home you prefer, and even the features and amenities you want. Now it’s time to find the right floor plan for your home and your family.

Selecting the right floor plan is important. You can repaint and update the kitchen in the future, but it’s difficult to change the layout. Before committing to a home, ask yourself these questions to make sure you’re choosing the right floor plan for your family’s new home.

What’s your family’s current lifestyle?

Your lifestyle dictates the type of home you’ll gravitate towards. If you have young children, you may prefer to have the bedrooms on the same level. Conversely, if you’re looking for a home you can eventually age in place, you may prefer a single-story home instead of a two-story home. You may want an open-floor plan if you love to entertain. Work from home? Look for a home that offers a flexible space for a home office or other specialty room.

Does the home feel ‘livable?’

While the size of your new home is important, don’t hold fast to a particular measurement. Square footage is just a number; a smartly-designed floor plan can feel much larger than the square footage. Instead of staying committed to a particular size, set a general size range you’d like and focus on finding a home that has the right number and type of rooms for your family. When touring homes, check that the flow makes sense and imagine your daily routine and how your family will move around in the space.

What features do you need that your current home doesn’t have?

How does this home improve on what you have in your current home? Does it have more storage? Larger bedrooms? A dedicated laundry room? Consider what features and amenities your current home lacks and make sure the new home fits those needs.

Does the home fit within your budget?

Buying a home is one of the largest financial purchases you will make in a lifetime. And let’s face it, there is a part of us that may want to have a larger, fancier home than we may need or can afford. So before you get your heart completely set on a floor plan, be sure to talk with your builder about what your costs will be and make sure it aligns within your budget. If you need help on determining what that is, check out our blog on how to budget for a new home.

Will this home fit your family now? In 5 or 10 years?

Each family has its own life-cycle. Consider the current state of your family and think about how your family’s needs may change in the future. Do you anticipate growing your family? Or perhaps having a family member move in? Will your kids be moving out soon? The right home will allow you to comfortably fit your family for several years.

Finding the right home for your family can be difficult but isn’t impossible! By asking yourself these questions, you’ll be able to find your perfect home.

Explore Hayden Homes Floor Plans

Hayden Homes offers gorgeous homes that are perfect for every stage in life. With over 30 home plans, you’re bound to find the right home for your family. Take a few minutes to review our gallery of floor plans HERE, view a virtual tour and even play with the design features of your new home. Then, when you’re ready to buy a new home in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho, contact us directly. We’re excited to help you find your new dream home.

What to Know When Touring Model Homes

What to know when touring a model homeNow that you’re beginning your search for your new home, one of the most important steps you’ll take is touring homes.

Most new home builders have at least one fully decorated model home available for homebuyers to tour. Model homes provide homebuyers the chance to walk through the actual floor plans offered by homebuilders, rather than just viewing them online. They also provide an idea of what it would look like to live in a particular space.

Before you start touring model homes, here are a few things to keep in mind to make the most of your time while touring model homes.

Do some research before touring model homes
Before trekking out to a builder’s new home community, check out the builder’s website to see the available floor plans. Most builders will create model homes for their most popular plans so check to see if the plan you are eyeing is available.

Make a list of what your ‘Must Have’ and ‘Nice to Have’ features in your home. You don’t want to wander through model homes without an idea of what you need in your new home. Having a list of what you want in your new home will keep you focused during model home visits and make sure you purchase the right home for your lifestyle.

Ask questions
It’s important that homebuyers understand as much as p for homebuyers to ask questions while touring a model home (or at least keep track of questions you can ask a New Home Specialist once you’ve finished). We welcome (and encourage!) our model home visitors to ask questions. We’re here to help you make the right home purchase for your family.

Take notes
If you’re touring more than one model home, take a notebook along to keep track of what you loved or didn’t love about a home and any questions you had. Its easy to muddle the details when you’re touring multiple homes. You can also take pictures of details you loved as well.

Keeping notes will help you to compare builders and communities and start eliminating floor plans that don’t fit your needs.

Be aware of what’s standard and upgraded
Model homes are created to showcase the best of what the builder is able to provide. They’re often filled with a mix of standard and upgraded features so its important to keep that in mind during your tour. Find out which features come with the home and which are upgrades and their costs.

Explore the community
You get more than just a house when you buy a home. You’re also buying into a community. Either before or after you tour a model home, drive though the community. Is it in an area you’d like to live in? What community amenities are available or nearby? Explore to see how far shopping, dining, schools, and even freeway access are located.

Remember to have fun! The home search process can be overwhelming but it can also be an enjoyable process. Touring model homes is meant to help you find a home that best fits your family’s needs and lifestyle. Hopefully these tips will get your ready for your model home tours!

Hayden Homes is ready to welcome you to any of our communities when you’re ready to start touring model homes! We have several new home communities throughout the Northwest in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and can’t wait to help you find your dream home.

10 Questions First-time Homebuyers Frequently Ask

10-Questions-First-time-Homebuyers-Frequently-AskIf you’re in the market to buy a new home, you probably have quite a few questions about the process. Here are 10 commonly asked questions we hear from first-time homebuyers. If you have more questions, please feel free to reach out to a helpful Hayden Homes team member as we are here to make the process easy for you.

1. What Are the Benefits of Buying vs. Renting? 
The real estate market is always changing, but if you’re able to purchase a home, doing so is almost always a good long-term investment. When you rent, you’re giving money to someone else every month; when you buy, you’re paying down your equity, and therefore investing in your own future.

2. How Much Home Can I Afford?
The best way to answer this question is to meet directly with a qualified lender who can help you to understand the home-buying process, the costs associated with owning a home, and how much you can afford based on your finances. It’s important to be transparent about your finances when talking with a lender.

3. Do I Need a Real Estate Agent?
Working with a real estate agent can be very helpful and eliminate unnecessary worries and stresses during the homebuying process. A good Real Estate Agent will not only help you locate a home that aligns with your wants and needs, but also will help you understand the numerous real estate terms, contracts, and your obligations during the home-purchasing process.

With that said, Hayden Homes conducts many transactions, each year, with people purchasing a new home without a Real Estate Agent. As the process for buying a new home versus a resale home differs. Including, there is no need for negotiation when buying a new home. You will not have to go with an Agent to see many different properties, as with new construction, if the home isn’t already built, you will pick your homesite, home plan, personalize the home, and then allow for construction time. Finally, we have a Builder Contract that is straightforward, and our Community Managers will walk you through it page-by-page to ensure you understand everything fully.

4. Will I Have to Put 20 Percent Down?
Putting 20 percent down for a new home is ideal and may help you to secure more favorable loan terms, but isn’t required for most home loans. In fact, you may be able to quality for a new home purchase with little money down. Do yourself a favor now and begin saving for a down payment. The more you have, the more financing options will be available to you.

5. What Happens if I Don’t Have Great Credit?
Like the down payment, the better your credit, the more likely you’ll secure a loan with favorable terms. But there are some loan options available for those with less-than-ideal credit, too. Talk to your lender to learn more.

6. What Upfront Costs Will I Face?
There are a few upfront costs associated with buying a new home that you should be aware of. First, you will need earnest money, which is money that is paid to the seller at the time you enter the purchase agreement (at Hayden Homes earnest money is either 1% or 2% of the purchase price. If the home is under 1600 SF it’s 1% and if it’s over 1600 SF it’s 2%). Earnest money reassures the seller that you are intent on purchasing the home. Then, there’s the down payment, which varies greatly depending on whether or not it’s your first home purchase, how much equity you have, your credit history and more. You will also have closing costs which are often negotiated in your purchase agreements. Talk to your mortgage lender to learn more about upfront costs.

7. What Types of Mortgages Are Available?
There are multiple different types of loans available, the two most common being a fixed-rate mortgage (where the interest rate does not change) and an adjustable-rate mortgage (where the interest rate may change). There are also FHA mortgages, VA mortgage loans, USDA rural housing loans, and more. Your lender will be able to tell you exactly which types of loans you’re eligible for, and provide more information about each one so you can make an informed decision. In addition, we have a few blogs that explain the difference between the main types of mortgages, so be sure to read those as well.

8. Should I Buy a New Home or an Existing Home? 
Whether you should buy a brand new home or an already existing home is a big question prospective homebuyers ask. While both have certain advantages, buying a brand new home means a new home warranty, fewer maintenance and repair costs, and fewer worries about existing damage.

9. What Happens During the Closing Process? 
The closing process is the last step in the home-buying process, and involves an exchange of funds and keys. During closing, all documents will be finalized and signed, you will enter contract to pay back your mortgage loan, and any other legal matters will be addressed during this time. One of the processes that Hayden Homes does, during this time, is we conduct a New Homeowner Orientation (NHO) with all of our homeowners. We will do this with you, whether it’s your first or you fifth home. This is an opportunity for us to walk through the home together, to review any final touches, and ensure that you fully understand/know where to find all of the bells and whistles in your new home.

In addition, we will be there for you even after you close your Hayden Home. Once we hand over the keys, or relationship won’t end there. We will be there for you throughout your first year to ensure that any maintenance you may need done on your new home is taken care of. Visit our builder warranty page to learn more.

10. Do I Have to Purchase Mortgage Insurance?
Depending on the type of loan you get and how much of a down payment you provide, Private mortgage insurance (PMI) may be required by a lender in order to lower the risk the lender has in issuing a loan. By purchasing PMI, you may be able to qualify for a loan that you otherwise would not be eligible for. Those with good credit, a steady income stream, and the ability to put down a large down payment (usually 20% or more) typically do not need to purchase PMI.

Find Your Brand New Home Today
At Hayden Homes, we have new homes for sale in the Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Whether you’re renting and looking to transition into home ownership, or needing something newer and bigger to better align with your lifestyle and/or family, we have new homes you’ll fall in love with. Contact a Hayden Homes team member today to learn more.

If you want other tips for first time homebuyers visit the Homebuying 101 category on our blog.

What Are HOAs and Why Do Communities Have Them?

What are HOA's and why do communities have them?A large percentage of planned unit developments and newer suburban communities have HOAs, or Homeowners’ Associations. If you’re planning on buying a new home in the Northwest, either from Hayden Homes or another homebuilder, your new community may have an HOA. Here’s a look into what an HOA does, why communities have them, how HOA dues are determined, and what they typically pay for.

What Does an HOA Do?

Typically, an HOA is essentially responsible for setting community rules and monitoring community behavior. These rules vary based on the HOA, the type of property involved in the HOA (i.e. residential homes vs. condos), and the wishes of the HOA board and residents. Some examples of rules might include:

  • Construction and building requirements, such as homeowners not being allowed to construct fences over a certain height;
  • Behavioral and lifestyle requirements, such as not keeping more than two pets or maintaining shades of a certain exterior home color; and
  • Basic common responsibilities, such as picking up after one’s dog, paying HOA dues, not littering, maintaining lawn, etc.
Why Do Communities Have HOAs?
HOAs do more than just make rules. If they didn’t, homeowners probably wouldn’t want to keep them around. In addition to setting down some regulations that are intended to maintain the quality of the community for everyone, HOAs often maintain and repair public areas, including a community park, roads and entrances, or building defects. By doing so, the HOA helps to protect property values and provide services to residents.
How Are HOA Dues Determined and How Much Are They?
It should be noted that the amount that homeowners are asked to pay in HOA dues can vary dramatically depending on the community; sometimes, dues may be as little as $100 a year, other times, they could be several thousand dollars! The more upscale the property and the more amenities offered, the greater HOA dues will likely be. In the Northwest, HOAs are typically in the $250-500/yr range. It is important that you find out what HOA dues are and factor this into your monthly payment before you buy a property that is part of a homeowners’ association. Keep in mind that if you move into a property that is part of an HOA, you have no option but to pay these fees. If you do not pay your fees, a lien could be placed against your property.
Talk to Hayden Homes About Buying a New Home with or without HOA Fees
Buying a home that is part of an HOA can be a very positive thing, leading to a greater sense of community and reassurance that property value, comfort, and aesthetics will be maintained. Of course, because being part of an HOA means an added fee, so learning what the fee is and what is covered by the fee is critical.
At Hayden Homes, we are building brand new homes in great communities in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. If you have questions about a community that you’re interested in – if it has an HOA and what the dues will be, we are here to help! Get in touch with us today. We can serve you whether you’re buying your first home, upgrading to a bigger home, or looking for something a little smaller. Reach us today to learn more!

Over Half of Homebuyers consider new homes : 3 TOP Reasons Why

A study titled “Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017” published by Zillow Group explored the ways that those living in America think about where they live, including how and where they buy and rent. We wanted to provide a summary of some of that data, focusing on what’s drawing homebuyers to new homes. Three of the biggest factors that influence new home buying include location, appealing features, and income.

Statistics and reasons behind homebuyers flocking to new homes
What We Know About Homeowners vs Homebuyers

First, a look into what we know about homeowners in America, including things like their reported ethnicity, marital status, income level, and more.

The Zillow report explains that the majority of homeowners are Caucasian (76 percent) and married (68 percent). The median income for the average homeowner is just over $62,000 a year.

Most homeowners purchase a new home as an investment, and some even view their home as a “reflection of who they are personally.” Nearly 90 percent of homeowners say that they have no plans to sell their home within the next three years. What’s more, nearly 50 percent live in the first home that they purchased.

As a note, the demographics of current homeowners and homebuyers are different. The report explains that the average homebuyer in America today is young and educated, and that the annual household income amongst homebuyers has increased to over $87,000.

Why buyers choose new homes

Things that Draw Homebuyers to New, Never-Before-Lived-In Homes

So, we know that homeowners want to invest in a home as part of their financial plan, and want to live in their home, but why do some people choose brand new homes over older homes?

When looking at homebuyers’ wants and needs, we’ve found some key takeaways. Some of the key wants and needs of homebuyers today include:

  • Air conditioning (which was rated as being more important than a yard or patio)
  • Safety
  • Ample parking
  • Great bathrooms (58 percent say that the preferred number of bathrooms is a requirement)
  • Location
  • Appealing kitchens (preferred finishes for countertops, flooring, etc.)
  • Energy efficient appliances

Location is one of the most important features in a home for a potential buyer, with things like proximity to work, friends and family, and a preferred school district making a big difference. As stated above, safety – which is dependent upon location – is also a big priority. Whether or not public transportation is in place is key, too, with almost 50 percent of buyers saying that proximity to public transportation matters to them.

A huge thing to note is that over half of homebuyers are considering new construction homes as opposed to older, already existing homes. 43 percent say that this is because of the desirable location of new construction homes, and 39 percent say that appealing features (like custom finishes and energy efficient appliances) make them want a new home. Those who make more money are more likely to buy a brand new home, with 65 percent of buyers who make over $100,000 per year considering brand new homes.

New Homes for Sale in the Northwest

New Homes for Sale in the Northwest

If you’re looking for your dream home in the Pacific Northwest, we’re building attractive, friendly communities in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. We have homes for sale you’ll love, and want to be your homebuilder of choice. If you’re buying your first home or looking for a new place to live, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.

To Remodel or Not to Remodel

With kids being out of school this week and families spending more time indoors during the winter holidays, you may start to notice some things that you don’t like about your home, ranging from outdated fixtures and floor plans to cramped spaces and storage. As such, this holiday season, you may be wishing for something newer and nicer. But if you’re wondering whether to remodel or not to remodel (i.e. buy a home instead), here are some things to think about:

To Renovate or Not to renovateHome Additions and Renovations Can Take Weeks or Months

Many people who envision a brand new kitchen or adding a room to an existing home fail to think about the time, energy, and work that really goes into a home renovation. Not only would you be looking at thousands of dollars put towards your renovation, but you may also have to deal with weeks’ or months’ worth of work and construction in your home. Not only is this a major inconvenience and hassle, but it can also mean that remaining in your home isn’t possible. For example, if you can’t use a bathroom or your kitchen for multiple weeks due to a bathroom remodel or a kitchen remodel, what will your family do?

when will renovations end?Where Will Renovations End?

Another thing to think about if you’re weighing the pros of cons of renovation vs. upgrading to your dream home is this: if you do one renovation now, will you need to do renovations on other parts of your home later on to ensure that style and ambiance of your home match? One thing that many homeowners fail to think about when renovating is how much a renovation can change the feeling of the home, and how strange it can look when one part of the home has a 1980s (or older) feel, and the other part is updated and modern. Rather than dealing with this issue, many prefer working with a custom home builder who can help them find a brand new home with consistent styling throughout.

Will renovating my home increase the valueHow Much Will Renovation Really Improve Your Home Value?

Sure, you can remodel a kitchen, replace carpet, or renovate a bathroom. But at the end of the day, you may still be dealing with old foundation, pipes, heating and cooling systems, and structural issues. As such, before you spend thousands of dollars renovating, you should think about how much renovation will really improve your home value. In many cases, buying a brand new home is the best way to ensure future resale value, and comfort now!

Vintage-great-roomContact Hayden Homes to Find New Homes Near You Today

If you’re interested in learning more about new home construction in the Northwest, including the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, our team wants to meet with you. If you’re buying your first home or weighing the benefits of buying new vs. remodeling your current home, discover the difference here, we can help you make a sound choice that makes sense for you and your family, and leaves you happy.

Home Renovation Costs of Pre-Owned Homes

When yoWhy Buy new Versus Usedu’re in the market to buy a home, deciding between buying brand new versus pre-owned or used is one of the first decisions to make. One thing that will influence your decision is the cost of renovation, which unavoidably come with a used home. Here are some common costs that you will likely face if thinking about home renovations, and information regarding why buying new may be the better choice financially. When you’re in the market to buy a home, deciding between buying brand new versus pre-owned or used is one of the first decisions to make. One thing that will influence your decision is the cost of renovation, which unavoidably come with a used home. Here are some common costs that you will likely face if thinking about home renovations, and information regarding why buying new may be the better choice financially.

The Cost of Replacing Systems that Keep You Comfortable
Two of the most essential, yet the most expensive, home systems that need to be replaced over time – and may need to be replaced sooner than later if you are purchasing an old home–are the heating components (furnace, water heater) and air conditioning. According to, the lifespan of a central air conditioning system is between 15 and 20 years, and reports that the national average cost of installing a new A/C system is more than $5,000. A similar story can be told for a furnace – the lifespan is between 15 and 20 years, and the cost of replacement ranges around $3,000-$3,500 between material and installation costs. This means that if you buy an old home with outdated heating and cooling systems, you may have to put close to an addition $10,000 into the home immediately just to keep things comfortable!

Repairs and Improvements Inside and Out
The other problem with older homes is that they typically are in need of repairs, replacements, upgrades or touch ups right off the bat (as soon as you purchase them) or within a five to ten-year time frame. On the other hand, you can count on brand new homes to look great and perform optimally for 15 to 20+ years before any repairs or upgrades are necessary. Things that may need some attention on an old home from the moment you move in include:

  • Carpeting
  • Hardwood floors
  • Tiling
  • Kitchen cabinets, counters
  • Paint – interior and exterior
  • Plumbing
  • Roof

Other upgrades might include things like a sprinkler system ($3500-6000) and covered patio ($2000-3000) which are becoming more common in modern homes. Depending on the age of the pre-owned home, you may be looking at complete renovations which can exceed the value of the home itself.

Major Renovations
You may not want to stop at just giving a pre-owned home a simple facelift with a paint job – you may want to expand the master bedroom, redo the bathroom, or transform the kitchen into the one of your dreams. If any of these projects are on your wishlist, you can be sure that they will cost a pretty penny to complete. suggests that the average bathroom remodel costs homeowners more than $10,000, and that an upscale bathroom remodel can cost more than $25,000. Kitchen remodels are even more expensive, with the average DIY cost (the cheaper version) being more than $15,000.

Buying New or Old – What to Do? 
When you’re looking at homes, keep an eye out for signs that you will need to invest in repairs or improvements. If you buy a brand new home, chances are good that you will keep these costs at bay for at least a decade, if not two or more. If you are buying a used, older home, however, it is very likely that you will spend significant sums of money on at least one of the home improvement projects listed above, if not more than one. As such, when you are thinking about buying a new home, remember that older homes often have hidden costs attached, and that by buying old, you may end up spending more than you would by buying new. If you are considering a pre-owned home, then we strongly recommend having a home inspector provide a complete inspection of the home from the attic and roof to the crawl space and everything in-between.

Move Into Your Dream Home Today
Don’t spend your free time caulking and painting. Spend your free time doing the things you want. People work hard so that they can live comfortably and pursue their passions. It’s part of the American dream. At Hayden Homes, we provide brand new, gorgeous homes in communities across three Northwest states – Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Whether you’re thinking of buying your first home, or are shifting into the role of homebuying for the second, third, or fourth time in your life, we are here to assist you in finding the perfect home for you and your family.  Our homes are attractive, guaranteed and designed with homeowner comfort in mind. To learn more, call us or visit Hayden Homes today.

10 Signs You Are Ready to Buy New

10 signs your ready to buy a new homeWith the economy looking stable, good interest rates, and competitive pricing on brand new homes, now might be a great time for you to start thinking about moving into that new home you’ve been wanting. Aside from those favorable external factors, here are 10 signs indicating you are ready to buy new.

1. You’re Spending Too Much Money on Repairs and Renovations for Your Older Home

Older homes can be very expensive to repair and/or remodel. If you are spending thousands of dollars on necessary repairs and renovations that you would rather avoid, a new home is for you. Brand new homes built by Hayden Homes will leave you feeling completely satisfied, which will save you bundles.

2. You Hate Your Current Commute

Are you tired of wasting time in traffic in order to get to your place of employment? If so, moving into a brand new home in a more optimally located area is for you! At Hayden Homes, we have homes in multiple communities throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho and moving into one of our homes could end up reducing your commute times significantly!

3. You’re Living In a Neighborhood You Don’t Love

Whether there are bad feelings between you and the neighbors, or you’ve undergone a life change, or perhaps your neighborhood is moving in a negative direction (i.e. two cars on your street have been broken into in the past month). There are many different ways people fall out of love with their neighborhood. Moving to a new community of brand new homes can provide additional comfort and security, and help you feel more “at home”.

4. You Are Sick of Your Old Home Features

Are you tired of your impractical home layout? Do you wish you had better insulation and more environmentally friendly home features? If your old home features are getting you down, costing too much in maintenance and utility costs, or are just plain unattractive and burdensome, it may be time to move.

5. You Are Ready for a Little Luxury

One of the best things about moving into a brand new home is that wonderful brand new feeling. It’s a fresh new start that won’t wear off anytime soon. With expansive spaces like master closets, brand new appliances and vibrant kitchen lighting, a luxurious tub that has never been bathed in before, and more, don’t you think it’s time to start treating yourself right?

6. You’ve Been Saving

Whether your current home has appreciated greatly or you have been putting away cash each month waiting for the day that you could move, if your savings account is looking pretty plush, the market is good right now. It’s a great time to sell an older home. Buying a new home now, before interests rates increase as they are expected to, may be a wise financial choice.

7. You Want to Save Time on Maintenance 

Maintenance doesn’t just cost money – it takes your time, too. When you reduce the amount of hours that you dedicate to home maintenance, like caulking and painting, fixing a leaky roof, repairing problems with old appliances, etc. you have more time for other things in life, like planting flowers, enjoying time with family, exercising and relaxing!

8. You Need a Change for Personal Reasons

There are a number of reasons why your current home may no longer fit your personal needs. For example, if you recently became empty nesters and want to optimize/downsize, or if you recently got married or have accepted a job in another location. Maybe you’re just needing a fresh start. A new home can make a difference.

Starting a family and looking to upgrade my home9. Expanding your Family

Getting married? Expanding your family? Having a baby? If so, congratulations! If your current home won’t fit your family growth plans, upgrading to something new and that has up-to-date safety features to help protect little ones – is advantageous. Kids also need room to play and their toys need sustainable storage solutions. Explore our floorplans to find one that makes sense for your growing family.

10. You’re Longing for Something New

Finally, maybe you just want something new. If it works for you, your family, and your budget, then what’s the hesitation? Come check out one of our new home models near you today to learn more about what we have to offer.

About Hayden Homes

Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 17,000 new homes, in over 300 communities, to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed 3.2 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 62,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 18.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 82 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden HomesWise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase in a new home community in a new home community in the Eugene area, including new homes in Eugene, new homes in Springfield, new homes in Albany and new homes in Medford.

Why Buy New? The Advantages of Buying a New Home

Benefits-of-Buying-a-New-HomeWhether you are currently renting and you are ready to become a first-time homebuyer, or you own your home but are looking for something nicer or in a different location, you are faced with a choice: buy a brand new home, or buy a used home. While both have their advantages, buying a new home has some major advantages for the following reasons.

Energy Efficiency

If you have ever upgraded an old appliance to a newer energy efficient model, a furnace for example, then you have surely seen the money savings. What a great feeling it is to save money and promote sustainable energy, which is why buying a new home rather than a drafty older one is one of the top reasons Hayden Homes’ customers decide to buy new! Our new homes are equipped with energy saving windows systems and appliances. Which in turn, can add a little extra cash, in saved energy expenditures, to your wallet over time.

Personalization Personalizing-Your-New-Home-why-buy-new

If you are buying a new home, then you have the opportunity to make personalized decisions about YOUR home – colors, finishes and fixtures. Of course, it also means that you get to choose your floor plan, number of rooms and more. This can be great if you have always dreamed of a huge walk in closet, a home office, a spare bedroom, a home gym, or something else that personalizes your home. We invite you to explore our exciting home plan gallery, and please contact us with any questions you may have regarding personalizing your home.

Reduced Maintenance

Older homes need a lot of TLC when it comes to maintenance musts, ranging from fixing that leaking roof, to repairing the water heater, to replacing the carpet. The list goes on and on and on. If you simply want to enjoy your home without having to worry about constant repairs and maintenance, then buy new. Don’t let your used home take up your valuable time. The choice is yours. You can spend your evening hours and weekends doing things like painting and caulking, or you can spend that time where it matters – enjoying your hobbies, playing with your kids, or hosting friends and family.

Safety (Especially If You Have Kids)Energy-efficient-appliances-why-buy-a-new-home

You want your home to be as safe as possible, especially if you have little ones – or plan to have little ones – running around. Unfortunately, used homes aren’t always as safe as they should be. Dangers ranging from defective electrical wiring or outlets, lead paint and asbestos, to garage doors without automatic reversal systems…these can create unnecessary risks. With a new home, you can rest assured in knowing that each part of your home meets the current safety standards.


Not only do you get that prized new home feel, but when you buy a new home, the materials and products in your home will be under warranty. This gives you peace of mind that if anything breaks down or stops working, you’ll get it fixed or repaired free of charge. Also, if you haven’t heard about Hayden Homes’ one-year builder warranty, you can enjoy your new home knowing that we’ll be here long after you get the keys to your beautiful new home.

Find Your Dream Home Today

If you are ready to start looking at new homes in the best communities the Northwest has to offer, Hayden Homes is here to help. Get in touch with us today to browse our selection of new homes, schedule a showing, or learn about financing options for those with approved credit.

About Hayden Homes
For nearly 30 years, since it was established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 12,000 new homes in over 300 new home communities, across more than 50 cities, spanning Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately held new homebuilder in the Pacific Northwest.

Hallmarked by a commitment to build high-quality, value-driven new homes throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Hayden Homes supports local communities by employing local contractors and vendors and contributing annually to philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build. Since 1989, Hayden Homes has contributed more than $9 million to charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies include – Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes. All providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase in a new home community in Boise, new home in Nampa, new home in Caldwell, new homes in Meridian, new homes in Kuna, or new homes in Star, Idaho.