Reasons to Buy New in Edmonton

April 01, 2022
Two tone kitchen at Pembina at The Orchards by Brookfield Residential in Edmonton, AB

Shopping for a new home can be stressful. There are lots of questions you’ll find yourself asking – Where do I want to live? How many bedrooms do I need? What square footage makes sense for my family and me?

It’s easy to get lost in all the details of what you need in a home, you may overlook an important question you should be asking: Should I buy a new construction home or resale?

In any housing market, there are good reasons to consider new construction homes. In a housing market that has become increasingly competitive, new construction homes not only have advantages you’ll enjoy on day one, but benefits that will last you well into the future.

Let’s explore the top benefits of buying a new construction home in Edmonton.

Fireplace and grey couch in the great room at Asher at The Orchards in Edmonton, AB

1. Transparent pricing means no bidding necessary

The prolonged nature of the pandemic has created a housing market driven not only by financial decisions, but emotional considerations as well. The conversation around housing has changed to include what people emotionally need to get through these trying times. In turn, buyers seem to be willing to pay any price to meet those needs and turned the resale market into an ever-increasing bidding war.

Not only have resale buyers needed to come up with extra cash to cover appraisal gaps, but contingencies including inspections have been waived which can put these new homeowners at a potential risk. By buying a new construction home, not only do you have transparent pricing, but you can easily enter into a purchase contract – no bidding required.

Extra bonus, you have peace of mind knowing your home will be quality built to meet the rigorous building standards of today so you won’t have any hidden problems pop up the day you move in.

Open concept living in Cairn at The Orchards by Brookfield Residential in Edmonton, AB

2. Modern floor plans designed for how you live

Home designs are always evolving to better fit our needs. From the incorporation of garages as a “must-have” item in the ‘60s, to the increase in popularity of two-storey homes over single levels in the ‘80s, to the shift from compartmentalized rooms to open-concept in recent years, homes have changed over time to meet the needs of homebuyers.

By buying a new construction home, you’re able to move into a floor plan that meets your needs on day one rather than wasting your budget and time on renovations to an older layout that doesn’t quite work for you. A new construction community also gives you a choice from a variety of floor plans within your desired area ensuring you’ll find the best place to call home in the location you love most.

Collage of Brookfield Residential standard finishes in Edmonton, AB

3. Premium upgrades are already built in

When asked, homeowners across the board say that the design process was one of the more exciting aspects of their new construction homebuying journey – but it could be a bit overwhelming with so many choices.

By including some of the most desirable finishes such as quartz countertops, 9’ ceilings on the main floor, and Luxury Vinyl Plank and Luxury Vinyl Tile, you’re not only starting with a high-quality home, but one that can be perfectly suited to your taste.

Display of colour palettes at The Gallery by Brookfield Residential in Edmonton, AB

Meet with one of our design experts at The Gallery where you choose from one of our curated colour palettes such as Simply Modern, Classic Farmhouse, or Coastal Charm. Whether you choose a single palette or mix-and-match for a look that is uniquely yours, the end result is a beautiful home you’ll love for years to come. Moving into a home that you’ll enjoy from day one sure beats pulling out dated cabinets, ripping up laminate flooring, and painting over that purple feature wall from a previous owner.

Man controlling his thermostat from his phone in his Brookfield Residential home in Edmonton

4. Smart home technology

Smart home technology takes your home to a new level of functionality that has never been experienced before. You work hard and your home should work just as hard as you do – that’s why myCommand is included on every Brookfield Residential home in Edmonton.

This connected home package includes a smart thermostat, smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector, smart lock with keyless entry, Wi-Fi enabled garage door opener, and leak sensor. You can unlock the door, adjust the thermostat, and more at any time, from anywhere. You have all the latest smart home technology to enjoy when you are home and the ability to monitor everything when you are away.

A new construction home can be built fully connected and filled with smart home accessories ensuring an easy, seamless user experience.

Kids playing in the spray park at The Orchards in Edmonton, AB by Brookfield Residential

5. Vibrant community amenities

We’re known for building highly sought-after communities in the Edmonton area. Each one is uniquely designed with amenities our homeowners are sure to love like dog parks and community gardens and some even have their own Residents Associations!

These member-only facilities include features like spray parks, NHL-sized skating rinks, and community events and programs for all ages. Not only do you have everything you need just steps from your door, but living in a vibrant community with lots of amenities increases your home’s value.

Primary bedroom with wallpaper and sitting area in Asher at The Orchards in Edmonton, AB

6. Added conveniences you’re sure to love

Buying a Brookfield Residential new construction home comes with conveniences you didn’t know you needed, but you’re certainly going to love:

  • An easier mortgage process? Check! With our preferred lender, we’ve made the mortgage approval process faster with less paperwork.
  • Extra help with moving? Check! We’ve partnered with Virtuo to take the stress out of the moving process. With their innovative app, you can ensure your move is on track while easily setting up key services such as utilities, media, and mail.
  • Peace of mind? Check! With our Two-Year Extended Care Program, deposit protection, promotional rates on cable/internet, and more, you can make this move with confidence.

Your new Brookfield Residential home is built to be more energy efficient and comes equipped with an EnerGuide Rating that ensures a certain level of energy efficiency in the home.

Compared to older homes with dated systems, new construction homes come with triple-pane windows, top-rated HVAC systems, and Honeywell Prestige Smart Thermostat and integrated HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) system designed to manage moisture, improve indoor air quality, increase comfort and reduce heating bills in your new Brookfield Residential home. It’s also built with sustainable materials designed for the highest levels of performance – it's better for the environment and for your wallet.

With all those brand-new systems in place, the need for immediate repairs is low. You can better predict monthly homeownership costs since you’ll likely spend less to maintain your home. Add in the benefit of your new home warranty and your budget can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that if any issues should arise, you’re covered.

Neighbours gathering in front of their Brookfield Residential homes in Edmonton

7. Sense of connection

Moving into a new home community means that you’ll likely have neighbours who are also just settling in, providing a fresh start and new bond for everyone. Small talk about moving challenges turns into tips and tricks for getting settled in and next thing you know, you’re hosting that neighbourhood block party that will become an annual tradition. Good neighbours easily become great friends.

There’s also a sense of connection with your home. You’ve chosen the homesite. You’ve chosen the floor plan. You’ve chosen the finishes. The emotional tie of living in a new construction home that you’ve designed and created specifically for you isn’t quite the same in a resale home.

White flowers in front of homes at Chappelle Gardens by Brookfield Residential in Edmonton, AB

Make your move

Brookfield Residential is committed to creating the best places to call home. When you’re ready to find your next home in Edmonton, explore our communities and contact us to learn more. We’ll be expecting you!