Single-family home in the suburbs? A quiet cottage by the sea? A luxurious home close to the city-- or perhaps an amazing condo in the heart of the city? Searching for the perfect location to call home is a big decision. We are here to help! We are at your service and happy to assist you in finding the perfect place to call home.
Lifestyle and Priorities
Your current lifestyle is one of the first things you should take into consideration when choosing a new place to live. If being within walking distance to a grocery store or convenience store is a deal-breaker then a rural area is definitely not going to work for you. When exploring new areas, pull up a map and check out how near the closest amenities are, are you comfortable with traveling that distance to the store?
If cooking is not really your thing, you’ll want to check out what restaurant or take-out options are nearby. Like to hit the gym? Search for a home with a gym or two close by.
It can be a jarring experience to go from the hustle and bustle of city life to the quieter, slower pace of the suburbs. Some changes may be great in the short term but can become regrets in the long term.
Another lifestyle consideration would be whether or not you are planning to “house hack” a bit and take on tenants to help pay the mortgage. In this case, you may want to consider purchasing a home with an in-law suite, multi-family home, or a duplex to maintain privacy.
Owning a home comes with a responsibility and a bit of work. Are you excited about keeping up with the lawn and exterior maintenance? If not, maybe consider a condo! You can still own property in your desired area without direct responsibility for upkeep. Each condo association is different, so be sure to read through what your condo association fees cover carefully.
Talking to a real estate agent can help you figure out if an area is a good fit for you and can walk you through the benefits or potential drawbacks of the area. Together you will be able to narrow down what fits your lifestyle best.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10? Asking yourself this question can be hugely beneficial in the case of house hunting. Taking time to think out whether you plan on starting a family or make a career change in that time frame will affect your choice. Neighborhoods evolve as people move in and out, construction increases or decreases, changing the landscape dramatically. It is smart to get an idea of the neighborhood as it is today but also try to predict where it might go in the future--and whether those predictions align with your long-term goals.