Home Buyer Guide: Where Do You Want to Live?
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
Making the decision to buy a home is not a decision that is made lightly. It can be an exciting time but also often scattered with nerves, fear and a sense of confusion as you try to narrow down where it is that you want to call, “home.” While choosing the actual house to purchase is of course important, prior to making that decision and setting up tours you need to decide where you want that house to be.
It is important to ask yourself some questions to help create a wish list. This list can help you narrow down your ideal location and thus, your dream house. A few questions that may be worth asking yourself could be:
- Do you want to be near family?
- Are you willing to commute, and if so, how far?
- Do you want easy access to freeways?
- What school district do you want to be in?
- Do you want community amenities such as a play structure, park, or community pool?
- Do you want to be near a dog park?
- Do you want to be in the city or the outskirts?
- Would you prefer a large or small yard?
- Corner lot, cul-de-sac or mid-block lot?
The list could go on and on. Ultimately the answers to these questions are needed in preparation for any home purchase. While it is true that you can buy a home without asking these questions, your overall happiness with the purchase may be hindered by rushing into a sale that you haven’t completed your research on. Just as with the questions above, it is also important to make a list of things you wish to avoid. Again, this list is catered to your specific preferences, however, as an example, this list could include items such as:
- Is it located in a poor school district?
- Is it in a high crime area?
- Is it noisy or near railroad tracks, airports or freeways?
- Is it next to commercial or industrial buildings?
- Is there a garage, driveway or designated parking?
- Does the neighborhood have poor curb appeal?
A home purchase is more than likely the single most expensive purchase you will make in your lifetime, and thus, it should also receive a great amount of research and care to ensure that you don’t have either buyer’s remorse or cold feet when it comes time to sign loan documents. When making a purchase as large as a home you always want to cross your t’s and dot your I’s, as long as you do so, you can enjoy your new home for years to come!
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