Home buyers need to make so many decisions throughout the buying process: how much to spend, what size, where, when, etc. So, how do you know what kind of house to look for? Whether you decide on a single-family home, condominium, new or old, choosing the right kind of Ventura home can make the difference between experiencing a "buyer's high" or suffering "buyer's remorse".
First things first. Take your time to evaluate what your lifestyle requires. Do you want to be close to work? Do you like having your entertainment, shopping and recreational opportunities within walking distance? Do you like to entertain? Do you need a yard for the pets, family, just lounging, etc.? Are you willing to put some elbow grease into fixing up a property (like a foreclosure or older home) or would you rather have a move-in ready, turnkey home? These are just a few questions that need to be considered before you go looking for that perfect Ventura County home.
Condos and townhomes are great for people with busy lifestyles who don't need a big yard to take care of. Your HOA fees take care of routine landscaping and maintenance for the grounds and common areas. You are still typically responsible for any repairs or maintenance for everything involved with your particular unit (check the CC&Rs to see specifically what you are responsible for). You also have less privacy, since you share at least one common wall with a neighbor.
Single-family homes give you the luxury of more privacy as well as a yard for the kids or pets to play in as well as entertaining. Repairs and maintenance on your single-family Ventura home are solely your responsibility. Families tend to gravitate towards the more open single-family home rather than smaller condo lifestyle.
Whatever option you decide on, choosing the right kind of Ventura home is a big first step to getting you moved into the home of your dreams. Take your time. Going on gut instinct alone is what makes many buyers end up regretting a hasty decision. Let us know when you're ready to make that step to Ventura homeownership.