Buying Homes For Children

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

 

 

Children Are the Most Valuable Natural Resource

--- Herbert Hoover

 

When buying a home, children need to be taken into consideration. Rounded corners, durable floors, walls that can be washed, windows, doors, pool areas that can be secured, the location of bedrooms in relationship to parent's bedroom, schools, front/backyards, nearby parks, and community amenities - all of these things and more must be taken into consideration.

 

Choosing the right house is important. For some families, the child isn't even born yet; others have babies learning how to walk or just starting to climb stairs, there are kids with special needs, teenagers, and College Students who may just come home for the holidays. Parents have many decisions to make about their home when raising children.

 

Will this be the house where a child has its first birthday party? Is this the place where family members from out of town will spend the weekend? Do you need a guest room? Will your daughter walk down the staircase as a bride? Are you expecting boys and girls who'll be running down the stairs? Will your house be the party house on the block? You are creating a house of many memories. 

 

Do you need a fireplace to hang the holiday stockings? Is it necessary to have a room with a fireplace where the family can gather together and talk while there's a crackling fire? Is it important to sit by a fire and read a book instead of watching Television? 

 

Does your child need to have a pet and will that be an indoor pet or an outdoor pet? Who is going to have the responsibility for taking care of the dog after the child grows up and goes away to College? 

 

If you are expecting a large family is the kitchen big enough and is there enough room in the pantry for all those cereal boxes and food products that growing kids just have to have? Where will they put their shoes when they come indoors? Are there enough closets? Bathrooms? Will the kitchen table fit inside the kitchen? Where will you put the dog bowl? The High Chair? Kid's Play Kitchen?

 

When buying a home, there's a lot more to consider than just number of bedrooms, baths, and garage space. Think about your children or soon to be family. Maybe even an extended family? Be good to your kids and family members too. Kids are the most valuable resource. They will grow up, probably have a higher I.Q. than you, and remember you and all their family memories too. Buy smart. Take children into consideration when buying your next house. 

 

©Patricia Feager, 9/27/2016

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George Souto
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Andrea one thing I see people failing to consider when they are buying their forever home, is will the house still meet their needs when the kids are gone.

Sep 27, 2016 11:11 AM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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This is such a neat post, Patricia!  There are things to consider when homes are bought where children may grow up.  Interestingly enough, when I bought my first home, having a fireplace for the Christmas stockings was on the list!

Sep 27, 2016 11:37 AM #2
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Patricia, great post.  It's important to know how they will use the house.  Will the visiting grandmother have trouble climbing the stairs to the second-floor guest room - or will a first level room next to a full bath do the trick?  We really have to listen.

Sep 27, 2016 12:08 PM #3
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Lou Ludwig
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Patrica

Love the post . . . . A fireplace is a Christmas tradition.

Goos luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 27, 2016 12:50 PM #4
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Garreth Wilcock
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Nice content towards homes for children! Keep blogging! Have a good day, Patricia!

Sep 27, 2016 06:27 PM #5
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Gita Bantwal
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I love the post and the quote. I recently showed homes to buyers where the kids who were under the age of 6 were suggesting which model and what upgrades they liked. 

Sep 27, 2016 09:44 PM #6
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
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Patricia, this is an outstanding post and really makes you think as you read it. I'm working with a family now who has outgrown their townhouse and after 16 years is ready to move on. Hearing the opinions from their 3 children has been fun, they all have very different ideas for their next home and you can tell they've each imagined it for years.

Sep 27, 2016 11:31 PM #7
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Amanda S. Davidson - What a fun experience you're having! I find that children think differently about houses than their parents who tend to focus on the more general criteria and price than what kids want and need. They can be so creative! I love when they automatically know which bedroom they want and they start painting their room before they own it. And you don't have to wonder if the kids don't like it. 

Thank you letting me know you like this post. It means a lot to me. Have a wonderful day!

Sep 28, 2016 12:24 AM #8
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This is excellent advice for prospective home buyers. I wish your blog were available for a reblog.

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Great post and sound advice although I am not the least bit surprised!

Oct 01, 2016 12:17 AM #10
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Sharon Tara
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How beautiful. This actually brought tears to my eyes. Of course, I'm very sensitive when it comes to children, and my family. This brought back so many memories of my babies growing into children, teens, adults, and now parents with their own homes. Pass the tissues. LOL

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