Bought a new house? Expect maintenance

Key tips on how to preserve your investment

New versus used — also known as "pre-owned" or "existing."

There are a variety of reasons why consumers dream about a new home, and one of them is the comfort of knowing appointments, furnishings and appliances will actually work for a specific period of time or be replaced by a competent builder.

If you just received a dynamite deal from a builder eager to reduce his January inventory, don’t allow expert craftsmanship to tempt you into thinking your new palace is going to be maintenance-free for years to come.