Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Deciding Where to Buy a Home

When we decide to look for the home that fits us, we should always
s get the facts on areas that we're looking in. After all, it's not just a house, we're also buying a community and lifestyle. Things happening in the community directly affect the value of your home should you ever want to sell it.

In addition to the impact that a neighborhood can have on home values, emotionally it should be a good choice for where you feel comfortable.

Always consider your lifestyle and interests. Where do you work, how do you get there and how long or short is the commute? Some expert opinions argue that you're more likely to be happier if you're in a smaller home with a shorter commute than a larger home with a longer commute.

What do you enjoy in your free time? Do you like the beach, fishing, dog walking, shopping, or nightlife and cafes? Are the services, amenities and schools favorable, reputable and convenient? Prioritizing can quickly shrink things to just a few neighborhoods and help to concentrate your home search.

When you've narrowed things down, it's time to see how the areas you've chosen stack up. Walk around, ask the people you meet about local parks, schools, traffic. Get online and research the ares you're interested in. Call or contact me for home values, for list and sale prices. The number of foreclosures in an area can indicate stability and much more.

In the end we all make some compromises, but we're always happier when we've been diligent.

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