What To Look For When Buying A House
By Connie Cahill
There are many factors that you will need to take into consideration when looking to buy
a house. Some are so important that they can never be overlooked or compromised on
even where you find a property which for some reason you like so much that you are
willing to compromise on your original checklist.
Top on that list of features that you should never compromise on has to be the location.
Actually no other single factor impacts on you buying a house more than the
neighborhood where it is located. Indeed it affects everything else that you may want to
consider before signing on the dotted line. Not only will where you choose to buy affect
how much you pay for it now but its' future price will also be determined by it. Indeed
your entire lifestyle will be determined by the location of the house you choose to buy.
For instance you need to be clear on your mind what category the property falls under. Is
it urban, suburban or rural? Each option has a different proximity to key amenities.
Commute times will also be different as well as the costs involved in getting to work and
all the other places you frequent. These are all key considerations that will dictate what
kind of lifestyle you end up with after purchasing the house.
Most people will have school-going kids too and so proximity to good schools also has to
be a carefully considered.
Your personal preferences are not paramount
Buying a house has to be one of the most significant investment decisions most people
will ever take in their lifetimes. And so it has to be a good investment first and all other
things later. Many first-time home buyers have ended up with nasty surprises when they
later need to find a buyer for their property. Some houses may prove to be extremely
difficult to sell at any price. There are others you may not be able to sell at any price that
is close to what you paid for it. This is why it is important to think way ahead when
making any house-buying decision.
This is yet another reason why your real estate agent is such an important cog in the
wheel. They must be able to advice you on current trends in the market and what future
projections are. Even if you have no plans to ever sell your house nobody wants to own a
house whose value is stagnant or on a downward trend. What if you needed to borrow
against the property?
What you need to be looking out for is a house in a desirable neighborhood close to all
the amenities with excellent future prospects. While looks are important it needs to be the
kind of investment that you can also be proud of. The right real estate agent will be of
great help to you in finding this kind of house to buy every time.
Connie Cahill: Having been licensed since 1977 in Northern Ky, her experience allows
her to know how to negotiate the best price for you in today's market. She enjoys working
with first time home buyers, new construction, sellers & relocating clients helping them
turn their dreams into their new address and is eager to serve you. Visit Connie Here Now