Uncertain of where you really want to settle down? Is it a beach bungalow on the ocean, a single-family home in the suburbs, or maybe a spectacular condo with downtown views? We’re always at your service, happy to assist you with making one of the biggest decisions in your life. Check out our tips about what you should consider when searching for a new home.
Your preferred lifestyle
When choosing a new place to live, don’t forget to take into consideration not only the housing but also the surroundings. Thinking about the bigger picture is important and losing sight of that is a mistake people often make when first starting their home search. It’s quite possible that your lifestyle means you should think beyond the typical single-family home when the time comes to buy your first place.
For example, if you’re a first-time buyer who’s thinking about renting out part of your new home to help pay the mortgage, then you should consider looking at duplexes or other multi-family units. If you plan to live in the unit yourself, you can finance it as your own property, get the same homeowners’ insurance rates as owner-occupiers receive, and maintain a separate space to rent.
There are also condos and apartments, new construction and prefabricated homes, and many other options that might be a better fit for you than a prebuilt single-family home. If you need help figuring out what’s available and what’s a good fit, talk to us, we can walk you through the opportunities in our area and help you pick one or two that fit your lifestyle best.
It’s also important to consider what you truly need in close proximity to your new place. Do you hate cooking? Find a neighborhood with good restaurants near you. Are you a fan of physical activity? Search for a house with multiple gyms close. This line of thinking will help you to narrow down areas neighborhoods that will work for you.
If you’ve been thinking of a move for months and haven’t really looked at the listings in the interim, then do yourself a favor and ask us to set you up with a personalized feed from the multiple listing service. We can also discuss the current market conditions so that you can make an educated and intelligent offer when the time comes.
Where do you see yourself in five years? This question sounds like a job interview but it’s useful in case of house hunting. Do you want to start a family, develop your career, or maybe work remotely? The answer will affect your choice so give it some thought.
A neighborhood that’s perfect for you today might be not-so-perfect in five or ten years as people move in and out and the landscape changes. So it’s smart to get an idea of what the neighborhood is like today — and to spend some time trying to predict where it might go in the future.