BUYERS: How to Choose the Right Home for You

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Aeizona Living Realty

You're looking to purchase a new Lake Havasu City home.  You hire a fantastic Realtor® who really listens to what you are looking for and finds you a great home.  In fact, they are so good that they have actually found you two that you fall head over heels for.  So, how do you choose which home will be the right home for you?  Consider the following:

How do you choose the right home for you before you buy it?Weigh the pros and cons of each home carefully.  Things to consider for each choice include the price, location, school system, possible repairs needed, square footage of home, how each floor plan fits in with your current family and possible future plans, the neighborhood, how noisy the streets and neighbors are, what the comparables in the neighborhood are and good old-fashioned gut intuition.  It's good to visit a home on different days of the week and at different times of the day to get a good sense of how much activity and noise goes on throughout the week.  Talk to the neighbors to get their take on the neighborhood.  They can provide some valuable information.

Think about the future.  It is possible that you will be in this home for several years to come.  So, you will want to think about future scenarios that may come up to help determine which Lake Havasu home would work for you.  Do you have kids or are you planning to have them soon?  You may want to investigate the school system and see which one better fits your needs.  You may also want to consider which home is closer to schools in your area.  Do you have elderly parents that may be moving in with you in the next couple of years?  Make sure to take the floor plan into consideration.  A one-story home is easier than a two-story for elderly people to get around in.  But, if a two-story home has a bedroom on the main floor, this can work as well.

What makes the best financial sense?  Talk to your Lake Havasu City Realtor® about getting comps of the neighborhood: home values, etc.  They will have the most up-to-date information available.  Ask them if this house is in an up-and-coming neighborhood or if it is on the downward spiral.  Find out if either home is overpriced for its respective neighborhood.  Will either home need any major/minor repairs or updates?  If they do, how many and how much money will it cost?

Separate your "needs" from your "wants".  Prioritize what you really truly need in a home to help determine which house fits those needs.  You may want a pool, but if the roof of the house needs replaced, you may want to reconsider that at this time.

Use your team.  Feel free to talk to your Realtor®, friends, family, lender, etc. when deciding on which house to go with.  While you are the one making the final decision, it can be helpful to hear another perspective.

When it comes down to it, you are the only person who can choose the right home for you.  By considering all the factors above, you should be able to more clearly define which Lake Havasu home purchase is best for you.  Just let me know how I can help!

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Vicki Lind
GRI - ePro - PMN - SRES
Arizona Real Estate Licensee


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