Want to Buy a House or Condo? Tell Me a Little About Your Lifestyle

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties RES.0781237


When I meet with new buyers for the first time, we discuss price range, type of dwelling, number of rooms, bedrooms, baths, size of property, etc. But the most important question I ask is WHERE do you want to live?


This question encompasses not only city/town but also specific location…. Cul-de-sac, near the highways, wooded land, near schools, work,  etc.  



I also want to know about your lifestyle. What do you enjoy? The beach, golf, swimming, restaurants, sports, rural or urban, etc.


The lifestyle question is a big one. I want to recommend locations within your budget that I know from living in CT all my life will best suit you.

If you like going into New York City, then you should live in Fairfield County.  

If you like Long Island Sound swimming and boating, there are many shoreline towns that would be good candidates.

If you like homes with a lot of property and privacy, I have suggestions for that.


The point is that buyers just shouldn’t just look at houses online and fall in love with them solely based upon the house itself. Just WHERE is the house? Will the location suit you lifestyle? Is it close to family… or not.. Is it a reasonable commuting distance? There are lots of questions to answer.


I put a lot of emphasis on the location because you cannot change it.



You can do most anything to a house once it’s yours, but if you don’t like where the house is, you are stuck.


A while back I wrote a blog post about a young couple I had met at a party. They had just relocated to CT from New Jersey and they told me they loved their house but hated where it was. They fell in love with all the bells and whistles in the house and did not give much thought to its distance to work and its distance from the conveniences they enjoyed and were accustomed to.


So to all my future buyers: I will ask about your lifestyle and interests right up front so I can target areas for you using my lifelong expertise as a CT resident and  knowing the details of a wide variety of cities and towns in Fairfield and New Haven Counties in CT and beyond.

Then I will match you up with a town where I know you will be happy with your purchase. Once we zero in on the right location, we can work on the finding the house or condo that checks most or all of your boxes.


And…… if you’re interested in a town that is perhaps in upstate CT or one that is many miles away that I may not have intimate knowledge of…. I can easily refer you to an experienced local agent who will know exactly what you need to know.




Remember ---- Shop the location first and always consider what you need around you to live comfortably and be happy, and you will purchase a home that will truly be the RIGHT one ... with no regrets!


Contact me, Barbara Altieri,  for a lifestyle/location consultation today at 203-520-6930.





Want to Buy a House or Condo? Tell Me a Little About Your Lifestyle.


Comments (5)

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I agree lifestyle and location should be a buyers first thoughts. I often hear buyers say, "I can get more for my money over there." But, do you really want to live there?

Oct 23, 2018 06:29 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am working with a lady just divorced...wanted a house until I talked the money and work

Oct 23, 2018 06:44 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good evening 

Thank you for sharing your information with us 

Have a great day.


Oct 23, 2018 09:56 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This is a great point. If a buyer isn't happy with their location, the only way to fix it is to move. That's not always a great or feasible solution.

Oct 24, 2018 03:43 AM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 I hear that all the time as well but the area is usually just too far out to be an ideal place to live for them.  Some go for it, though, an end up with a 2-hr commute.

William Feela Sometimes they want a house but then realize a condo is best.

Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM  You're welcome. Same to you. Thanks for stopping by.

Kat Palmiotti Not feasible at all.  You just can't change the location which is why extensive thought has to be put into choosing the right one.


Oct 24, 2018 08:04 AM