Choosing The Right Area

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When you start looking for a new home or property, their are many things that you have to take into consideration. Most people know what type of home they want or at the least how many bedrooms and bathrooms are required. When you talk to your real estate agent, they will be able to help you narrow down what you need and want in your next home. Not as much planning typically goes into the location, and this can be a bigger factor in loving or hating your home  than most people think.

I'm sure you've heard the saying "Location,Location, Location" and that is one that holds true.  While most people do search areas around where they work  or close to family, other factors can play a part as well. You also don't want to fall in love with a home, only to dislike the commute to work 6 months down the line.

There are other things to consider as well when you are searching for a place to call home. To help yourself narrow down what is truly important and make your home search go faster  there are some key things to consider.

  • Are you looking for a place with a lot of land, or do you prefer to be in a town or city?
  • How far away from your work or school do you want to be?
  • Do you want to be within walking distance of shopping or nightlife or is it ok to drive to get there?
  • Do you want a new modern style house or is an older home more your style?
  • Is being on public water or sewer important or do you prefer a private well?

Other Factors You May Not Have Considered:

Recreational Activities and Hobbies:  Do you love going to the beach in the summer or skiing in the wintertime? If all thing s are equal finding a home that is close to the slopes or has access to a beach or pond for summer fun may prove to be a great choice.

Schools: Even if you found the right town and the right home you might want to consider the school systems. Even if you don't have or plan to have kids, being in a good school system adds value to your home in the future if you decide to sell later on. If you check out the town/city information pages on you will find links to local school reviews and ratings.  In addition to that information most towns and cities will have information about the local schools, testing information and more.

Crime- Check with the local police department for information about crime rates and contact the city or town to find out about local services such as police, fire and hospitals.

Town and City Amenities- What does the area have to offer? how are the local parks? Is there public water access nearby? Do you want to be close to an active nightlife?

Choosing the right place to live can be as important if not more than the home you choose. The local area may add or detract from your homes value and may make the difference between wanting to move again in a few years or finding that home that fits your needs long term.

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