The U.S. government has touted the benefits of buying a new home for years now, and for good reason! Buying new homes not only drives individual wealth, it enriches the community itself in a number of ways. Communities in which most residents own their own homes show a greater degree of civic participation and higher voter turnouts. As well, buying a brand new home is associated with many positive outcomes like decreased instances of teen pregnancy, lower levels of crime, an increased likelihood of children graduating from high school, and overall better health and wellness for residents. With all of this positive data, why would anyone conclude that buying a new home from a builder or buying a townhouse is anything less than the best option?
There is an answer to that question, unfortunately. The Great Re