Don’t Overlook Location When Searching for a Home
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There’s so much to think about when house shopping. Most people focus on a home’s beautiful exterior, the kitchen, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and of course, whether they can afford the mortgage. But one of the most important considerations is whether the location is a good fit. Here are questions that will help you decide if a home’s location works for you.
Does the Neighborhood Seem Safe and Comfortable?
Consider the character of the surrounding neighborhood. Look up neighborhood crime rates online or drive around during evening and nighttime hours to get a feel for the safety of the neighborhood.
Are Family or Friends Living Nearby?
If you have a strong relationship with your family, you should consider buying a home located close to your parents, siblings, or other relatives. If you have a lot of friends, it’s not possible to move near all of them, but you should think about where the home is located in relation to friends you see frequently.
Is the Commute Manageable?
Being near your workplace (unless you can work remotely) is one of the most important considerations when buying a home. After all, you will be driving there daily—a long commute can get old quickly. Check out the grocery stores, banks, and other neighborhood shops that are close by to see if your favorite places are easily accessible.
Your future home should be located near the aspects of life that matter most to you—family, friends, shopping, and other amenities. Consider the character of the neighborhood and if it meets your expectations. If you find the perfect house but the neighborhood doesn’t fit your needs, you might end up with buyer’s regret.
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