Location, Location, Location!
location, location! You've heard the phrase before - it is used very
often, mostly in reference to property values, both actual and
potential. So keep it in mind before you decide where you want to live.
is a huge part of any move and depends primarily on where you work, and
whether you want to commute, and also your family lifestyle. As a
would-be homeowner you have to consider location in the broadest sense
because you are about to invest a lot of money into a house you will
probably occupy for some length of time.
Safety, schools, shopping, transportation,
health care and convenience are important considerations when buying a
home. Make daytime, evening and weekend visits to the neighborhood to
judge its safety, traffic, cleanliness and friendliness. Take a walk
through the area and talk to residents to find out what they think of
the neighborhood. Picture yourself spending years in these surroundings.
have children, it is important to consider how close are your
children's schools, whether there are school buses or public
available and how close to your prospective home are the other services
you may need. Does your family have special education needs and are
Contact the school board and ask how the neighborhood schools compare
with other schools in the district. Ask the board of education about
future school construction if you are considering a newly developed
Figure out what your commuting routes will be to and from work. Are
major roads easily accessible? Could you change your work location or
change jobs for the sake of living in an area you really like?
out how close you'll be to shopping malls, grocery stores and
entertaiment. How much time do you care to spend on making these
How accessible is recreation- playgrounds, bike paths, walking areas,
parks, swimming? Is public and private property well maintained?
there environmental considerations such as sources of pollution, noisy
traffic routes, trains and aircraft? Ask about any planned road or
housing construction or zoning changes affecting the area.
Location is an investment too and can also affect property values and property taxes. Are property values rising, falling or stable? Remember, you don't just purchase property; you purchase the neighborhood.
The most desirable neighborhoods have good schools, well maintained
homes, convenient shopping and commute options, good public facilities
and recreation areas and low crime rate. They tend to hold their value
over time, so it makes sense to buy property in the best neighborhood
you can afford.
Narrow down your
choices, check local information like neighborhood statistics
and community links and find
good professional help with expertise in the local area. That way, you
will minimize surprises and disappointments after you've sign the
|Other factors to consider before setting off to find your new home: