Resold homes are often in well established neighborhoods, where most if not all doubt can be removed from question, with regards to how the neighborhood will evolve.
Buying a resold home has some benefits vs. a new home. Many times a resold home will come with all appliances without the need to purchase some or all of your appliances. Also, many people will leave their window treatments (drapes, blinds, etc...) in a resold home vs. a new home when you will have to go out and buy all of these immediately after moving in. These items can immediately help you lower your initital move-in costs which many times can get quite pricey.
Depending upon the style and age of the home, many older homes actually appreciate in value faster then newer homes do.
If you are a savy investor, county and city planning councils can give you insight as to where there will be major residential dvelopement. Purchasing a resold home in these areas can often realise the investor a sharp appreciation in value, within a short period of time.
Most people appreciate the more mature landscaping that in found in older, more established residential neighborhoods. Most specifically, the trees. Newer areas often look quite sparse with small, newly planted trees.
More established neighborhoods are usually quieter. Mature trees, bushes, and lawns absorb and block a lot of noise. Plus, established neighborhoods are much less likely to have construction crews starting noisy work at 7:00am.
Resold homes often offer a unique investment for savvy borrowers, sometimes allowing them to purchase "instant equity".
These homes may be banked owned or are currently distressed.
Ask you preferred mortgage professional for a referral to a Realtor that specializes in these deals.
If you are buying a resold home in the summer, remember that those mature trees will lose their foliage (in most parts of the country). Its a good idea to peek around those trees, to see what your view will look like in the fall and winter. A large tree could be blocking a sign a few blocks away, or could even be protecting your privacy.