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    What to Consider when Looking for the Right Home

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    How will you know when you see the house of your dreams? A common reply is always “I’ll know when I see it!”

    However, if you logically analyze your needs ahead of time, you’ll be better equipped to make an educated decision when you have an emotional response to a house that you see. These questions will help you determine and prioritize which characteristics are most important to you in a home. Surely you have heard the common real-estate theory that there are three things to consider when buying a house: “Location, location, location!” But there are other important factors to consider when choosing a home, too. Answering the following questions will remind you how important location is in your decision:

    Geography

    • Will you be looking in town, semirural, or rural areas?
    • Is the area sparsely populated, medium or high?
    • Do you have a preference with regard to natural features like woods, hills, and lowland?

    Surrounding Areas

    • What are the characteristics of the surrounding areas for shopping?
    • Is there a central commercial district?
    • Are there any shopping malls?
    • Are there any supermarket shopping centers?
    • Are there any department stores and drug stores?

    Neighborhood Focus

    • What is the general appearance?
    • Are the homes well maintained?
    • What are the main types/styles of homes?
    • Do the homes appear to be “newer” or “older”?
    • How far apart are the houses?
    • How well are the lawns maintained?
    • Are there any visible property enhancements, such as fences, decks, patios, or extensive landscaping?
    • Are vehicles primarily parked in garages and driveways, or are they parked in the street?
    • Are there emergency personnel stations (fire & police) close by?
    • How close is the nearest hospital?
    • What are the local ordinances in regard to pets, parking, lawns, etc.?

    Schools

    • Are there both public and private schools?
    • Are they equipped to handle special needs if required?
    • Are they equipped to handle special needs if required?
    • How do children primarily get to school?
    • What is the teacher per student ratio?
    • How well do students perform on standardized test scores?
    • Are there after-school activities offered?
    • What type of sports programs and clubs are offered?
    • What is the percentage of children that graduate?
    • What is the percentage of graduating students that go on to college?

    Work

    • How will you be commuting to work?
    • How long will your commute be?
    • Do you need to be near public transportation?

    Recreation and Entertainment

    • What forms of entertainment are offered?
    • What types of indoor and outdoor sports facilities are available?
    • Are there public parks, country clubs, and/or sports teams close by?

    Community Involvement

    • Is it a social area? Do they hold block parties or picnics?
    • Is there a Home Owner’s Association? How active are they in the neighborhood?
    • Is there PTA?
    • Is there a Neighborhood Watch program in place?

    Find out the answer to each of these questions, and then determine what items are important to you and which you can live without.

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