Top Things To Consider When Buying Real Estate

Posted by Bruce Swedal on Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 10:38am.

If you are planning on buying a home there are a few things that can benefit you if it were included in the home, besides the appeal of the living areas. When searching for a home, the market can be difficult to understand, therefore many people choose to purchase a home through a real estate agent, but this is not necessary in all home purchases.

When picking out the home of your dreams, the location of the home is commonly the most important aspect of any property. If your new home is in an isolated area, fifty miles from the nearest gas station, school, or your personal job, this might cause a problem. If it is convenient to local shops, schools, parks, your job, the neighborhood is quiet, and the neighbors are nice, more than likely you will lean more to purchasing that home than any other. Damages to a home can be improved, but the structure cannot be picked up and moved to another location, therefore location is the most important part of buying a home.

Once the location has been determined there are several other factors to consider when purchasing a home, before actually entering the home. Is the home sitting in a valley, where weather conditions could permanently damage the home? You might want to view the surrounding houses to see if their windows look directly into yours, privacy is a big issues for some people. If you have kids, is the area somewhere you can see your children being raised? Is the outside area safe for play, or are there potential hazards present? Some hazards can easily be taken care of, like a broken fence post or a fallen tree.

The safety of the property is not the only concern, if you have children. The neighborhood you move in to, must meet the standards of having children. If there are people standing around at one or two in the morning, more than likely you and your family are not going to feel safe, but if the neighborhood is quiet at night and alive with the laughter from children during the day, you would be willing to live there with your children for the same excitement of those laughing children.

Once you have chosen the location, determined that the neighborhood is a safe one, and determine if the house is not in any hazardous areas, it is now time to consider the house itself. Most people will say "That house looks just like you", because it is a term used when comparing a person’s personality to the home or area in which they live. You will need to make sure that the foundation is not cracked or crumbled, the driveway and walk ways are safe for travel, and that the roof is in good condition. The inside comes next, but that will be the buyer’s preference to determine what they want and don't want inside their home.

A buyer should always consider space of the home they are buying. If you have a small family of three, then a four or five bedroom home might not be practical. The more room you have in your home, the more area you have to heat and cool, and the higher the electric bill will run. A bedroom for parents, one for each child, or a bunk bed set for a set of girls or boys, will come in handy in trying to determine exactly how much space you and your family needs.


Bruce Swedal
Re/Max Southeast
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