Location, location, location: There Are Many Related Questions

Reblogger Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
Real Estate Broker/Owner with KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

Original content by Gabe Sanders 3090099

Ask anyone. Buying a home in a "good" location is what you should do. But what's good for one person may not be ideal for someone else.

One factor to consider is whether the quality of a neighborhood is going up or down. When many homes in an area are for sale because of foreclosures, that might not signal a "down" verdict. If homes are of good quality, they will be resold and the neighborhood will again be stable. Those who buy now could get more for their money than they could get somewhere else. Homes for Sale, Location

Some other questions you might ask yourself or your real estate agent: 

Any there any kids in the neighborhood? Families with young children will find this question important. They may not want to frequently drive their kids to play dates. On the other hand, couples with no kids or grown kids might not want to be bothered.

Where's Mom? A home that's a few minutes driving time from parents, relatives or friends is a factor in some decisions.

How close are the stores? Do you want to be near a mall, supermarket, or a walking-distance grocery store?

Is public transportation available? How close is it to this home and where does it go?

Are there good roads leading to work? Distance from work and roadways to get there can make a difference.

How about parks and sports facilities? Driving time is an issue for people who go to the park often. Others don't care.

Is there a hospital, medical or urgent care center in the area? This is becoming a consideration for more people.

Would this be a home I could retire in? Maybe a one-story in a quiet area is best.

How about living in a trendy, refurbished historical area or near a college?

Do I dream of moving to another state? Maybe it's time to sell. Selling prices in many areas are stabilizing. In late October, there were just over 250,000 homes on the market, the smallest number since 1982, according to Fox Business.

There are more people living in the United States than there were in 1982, and while the number of available homes is still significant it is decreasing. 



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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good post. These are good questions and if buyers tell us exactly what they are looking for it makes it easier to help them.

Nov 29, 2009 09:44 PM #1
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Excellent recommendations Gabrielle. .a must read for all first time  home buyers

Nov 29, 2009 09:58 PM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the re-blog Gabrielle.  Have a great week!

Nov 29, 2009 10:35 PM #3
Debbie Cullen
REMAX Realty Team-Cape Coral, FL - Cape Coral, FL
Your Cape Coral, FL Specialist

Thanks for sharing this blog withus Gabrielle....Lots of good info

~Happy Holidays from Deb in Cape Coral, FL

Nov 29, 2009 10:37 PM #4
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Gabrielle:

I had seen this over at Gabe's blog...

Great post to  re-blog!

Nov 29, 2009 10:48 PM #5
Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Hi Gab - Excellent points.  I had not heard that the number of homes for sale nationwide is declining.  That's fascinating.  I was showing property here in Sandpoint recently at a very popular price point (300 -450) and, while the inventory is high, it was not easy finding an appropriate property.  Like you say, there are many factors that go into the decision.  (A suitable property was finally found, however, and an offer has been submitted).

BTW, check out my recent post about Schweitzer...you & Kent may have yet another reason to look at this area for relocation:  SCHWEITZER REAL ESTATE...

Have a great day and ACE those tests!

Dec 02, 2009 08:10 AM #6
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