Deciding the area in which you want to purchase your home can be difficult whether this is your very first home purchase, or you’ve done it a few times. Choosing a location is so tough because often times it can make or break the property value, charm and appeal. Location seems like an overwhelming task when it comes to real estate, but a realtor can not only show you homes in areas you like, but also help advise you on areas you might not initially think of but would be a good fit. If you are in the early stages of the home buying process, and you are trying to narrow down a location, take these six easy tips into consideration!
Of course, price is one of the first things to determine when it comes to buying a home. How much can you afford or how much are you willing to stretch to get your dream home? Once you’ve worked out price, it’s already easier to narrow down location. If you are a new family, looking for a relatively inexpensive home, your choices will be between a selection of areas that best fit your range. Even if you’ve only started browsing online, it’s pretty easy to get a good idea for what kind of neighborhoods are in your price range. Price can also determine the size of home you’re looking for, which in turn can also affect location (are you looking for a townhouse or something with lots of open space?).
School districts are one of the biggest reasons so many families choose the location they do. In Orange County, many of the school districts are great a highly acclaimed, so it’s hard to go wrong, but it all depends on what you want. Browse some of the websites of school districts in the areas you’re looking, and see if that looks like a place your child could fit in. This is especially important for new families with younger children. Do you want public or private schooling? Do you want special/advanced education programs available? Are there parent resources and volunteering opportunities available?
Following shortly behind school districts, specific neighborhoods and areas are definitely a big factor when it comes to purchasing a home. You want a neighborhood with friendly neighbors, safe streets, good culture, ect. It’s also helpful to decide how close you want to be to your neighbors (i.e. do you care about property lines), or if you care about living on a cul-du-sac.
4. Local Shops/ Stores
Figure out how close you want to be to things like your local grocery store, gas stations or downtown. To some families this is not as important as living in their dream home, and to others it is essential to be next to the local shops. Bigger families usually like to be near grocery stores. Ask yourself how far you’re willing to drive to pick up a carton of milk or fill up your tank if need be.
Calculate how long you are willing to drive to get to work in the morning, in rush hour of course, and try to look at homes in the areas that fit that time frame. Although some people have no problem commuting 1+ hours, others refuse.
6. Potential for Growth
Getting a vibe for the area and neighborhoods you are looking at homes in is so important because it helps in assessing the potential for growth for that location. For instance, if you are a recently retired couple you may not want to live in a neighborhood with all young families. A realtor can help you evaluate where certain communities will be in five years.
For more tips and tricks on picking the perfect location for your family’s home give us a call today! We’d love to meet with you or learn more about what you’re looking for in a home.