Things To Consider When Searching for a Home

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Before deciding which house to buy, think about your lifestyle, your current and anticipated housing needs, and your budget especially so you don't become HOUSE POOR. It's a good idea to create a prioritized list of features, wants and needs for your next home - you'll soon discover finding the right house involves striking a balance between your "must-haves" and your "nice-to-haves." To start, consider your lifestyle. If you love to cook, you'll want a large well-equipped kitchen. If you're into gardening, you'll want a yard with space. If you're planning your office at home, you may want a room for a library or work space. If you have several cars, you may require a larger garage. Use this list as your search guide. Next, think about what you might need in the future. As you consider your housing needs, it's important to consider how long you may live in your home. If you're newly married, you might not be concerned with a school district right now, but you could be in a few years. If you have aging parents, you may want to look at homes that offer living arrangements for them as well as you. It's important to think about your new home's location just as carefully as you do about a house's features. Location is a huge part of any move. In addition to considering the distance to work, you need to evaluate the availability of shopping, police and fire protection, medical facilities, school and day-care, traffic and parking, trash and garbage collection, even recreational facilities. Perhaps the most important decision is deciding on the type of home you want. Do you want a condominium or a town house? A single-family home on a slab? Do you want brick, stone, stucco, wood, vinyl siding, or something else? Do you prefer a new construction or an older home? Through all of this, make sure to talk to your real estate professional about where you want to live. While more buyers now use the Internet to gain access to listings, or available properties for sale, it is still a good idea to use an agent. The agent brings value to the entire process: he or she is available to analyze data, answer questions, share their professional expertise, and handle all the paperwork and legwork that is involved in the real estate transaction. As a CENTURY 21 professional I have the expertise to help my clients narrow down their choices by sharing market trends and local information. Contact me today at 318-880-1270 

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David Beckham
Alexandria & Pineville Direct: 318-880-1270

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Comments (2)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

You are right it is good for the buyer to know and consider in detail all aspects before looking for their dream home. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 28, 2010 09:06 AM
Terry McCarley
Coastal Real Estate - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

Good advice!  So many times buyers want to have it all and if they don't buy "smart" they will end up house poor and that is a terrible place to be.

Oct 28, 2010 09:14 AM