LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
At Century 21 North East, we know that buying a home is a huge accomplishment and something that you should be extremely proud of. We also know that where you chose to live is going to make a huge impact on your life and lifestyle from here on out, so we want to help you find the perfect home in the perfect location to meet all of your needs. With 42 offices in 4 different states we have homes to satisfy any of your location needs. When deciding on where to make your home purchase, consider these factors below first:
Urban vs. Suburb vs. Rural
First things first, you need to choose urban vs suburbs vs rural neighborhoods! If you chose the suburbs over the city you may save yourself quite a bit of money each year in taxes, mortgage payments and childcare. The suburbs are a great choice for more space than the city and tend to have less crime rate than major city areas. They are less populated and less diverse but offer easy access to most of lives necessities. The city on the other hand offers a wider variety of jobs, shopping and dining areas and very diverse cultures and social lives. Rural neighborhoods are the least populated and typically more country living. This is the best option for low costs, most privacy and your own space. Rural areas are great but may be a longer commute to work or more of an outing to get to restaurants and shopping centers. All are great options, it all comes down to preference, so do your neighborhood research before committing.
For most people, safety is the number one priority in finding the right home. When considering a house for sale, think about the price in terms of the neighborhood. You’ll often pay less to live in an area with higher crime but will be more likely to fall victim to a homeowner crime in the long run. It may also be harder to resell your home or get a good price for it if the neighborhood is less safe. Always check the crime rate and buy a home in the safest area you can afford or that you are ok risking the rates.
If you have or are planning to have kids, school district is a key component in choosing where to live. Living in a good public school district will save you tens of thousands of dollars that you might otherwise have to spend on private school. If you don’t have kids, it may still be a good idea to consider the quality of neighborhood schools when choosing your location in order to maximize the value of your investment if you consider selling the property one day.
The length of your daily commute can disrupt a lot of factors in your life. It can affect your disposable income, happiness, and the amount of time you get to spend at home with your family. When looking at houses, consider how long a commute you can endure if you plan to stay at your current job. If you plan to change jobs, what are the job prospects in or near the area where you’d like to live?
Proximity to Friends and Family
Most people value their time with family and friends. When buying a home think of how much you will be able to spend with them if you move away from that area. Even the best home may not feel right for you if you cannot spend the quality time you need with these people. On the other hand, don’t let your family and friends be the only reason for your home choice, because they may be considering moving in the future as well.
Proximity to Hobbies
When you buy a home, you probably want it to fit in with your lifestyle and the area to offer you access to your favorite hobbies. Consider what you love to do in your free time and if the area can give you this. If you have season tickets for a particular sports team, you may not want to live way far from their stadium. If you love to go out to eat, you might not be happy living somewhere with very few restaurants. If you are an avid hiker, you may not want to move into a huge city far away from the mountains. If the area doesn’t offer things that interest you, it is probably not the right choice for you to create your life!
Once you’ve considered all these factors and narrowed down the things that matter most to you, it’s time to house hunt in the area of your choosing. You can search our website at www.c21ne.com to find the perfect home.
For more information on a property call us at 603-537-6240.