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Important Questions A Buyer Should Ask.

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Real Estate Agent with Taking a break

We all know that the biggest factor in real estate is Location, location and Loctation.  Location determines how well you will like living in the area, how easy it is for you to get to places and HOW WELL YOU WILL SELL THE PROPERTY when it comes time for that.

A few things to consider before you buy that perfect fit.

  1. Destinations and how easy is it to reach the locations that you and your family will need to get too. How assecessible are these places? How much time will it take you to get to all these place?
  2. What is going on around the area? Is there plans in the works for an apartment building that is going to wreck the view. Is there going to be construction in the area. Check into the development plans for the area.
  3. What is rush hour like? Is your home on a busy street? What impact will this have on your life?
  4. Are there easements on that you have not considered.
  5. What utilities are in the area? Can you convert to gas if needed. Are you too far out for some services?
  6. What is the history of the area, are you in a flood plain? Does the area have earthqaukes, huricanes, volcanoes,flooding,fires. Be informed and consider what the history of the area is.
  7. Before you buy, take a drive around the area. Check it out and get a feel of what is around this property. Walk around and talk to the people that live in the area, they are a great source of information.
  8. Find out if there is a problem with crime in the area and what people have done to protect themself.
  9. Go online and check to see if there is a list of sex offenders listed in the area. In Oregon, people can go on line to find this out. This is important information to have when you have children, you really do not want to find out that 5 houses down from your new home is a repeated sex offender. This will only make your purchase that more uncomfortable.
  10. Is the location close to a park and how safe is it
  11. Is there a coffee shoppe close at hand :) In Portland, we seem to have them on every corner, in some cases 2 or 3 on the same block. Well maybe this last one is not really important, I just want some coffee right now.
Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
Bellevue, WA
Good Blog, Washington State real estate agents use a Neighborhood Review Contingency form that gives time to do the investigation.
Sep 30, 2006 04:13 AM
Timothy Butterworth
Taking a break - Portland, OR
I will have to look that up, we do not have that here in Oregon.
Sep 30, 2006 09:03 AM
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty, Inc - Fairfax, VA
33 years of providing fully satisfying service!

Hey Tim

Maybe I'm just gettin' old, but if there is a problem with crime in the area, I really don't want toknow what people are doing to protect themselves. I need to know from this buyer what overwhelming or compelling reason they have to want to be in that area. 

 

Sep 30, 2006 10:35 AM
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

Tim, nice Blog :) 

I always read your blogs

Ray Saenz, Broker Associate
 United Property Brokers, INC
 Homes for sale in Colorado Metro Denver Area
 Ray Saenz Real Estate Agent & Active Rain  Network User

Sep 30, 2006 10:52 PM