If you are looking to buy real estate, one of the first things your real estate professional will do before taking you on home tours is determine with you what type of house you want.
But just as important as the type of real estate is the type of community. Knowing your preferences will narrow your home search and save time. Remember, in every commuting area there might be four or five different towns, each with their own characteristics.
The key factors you’ll use to identify your “right communities” are generally price and location, but there are many other factors to consider as well. To expedite the home-hunting process, start by making a list of dream home factors that are most important to you and your family’s lifestyle.
Ask yourself critical questions like these:
- Do you dream of a quaint and charming older home, or do you prefer something new?
- Are you willing to sacrifice room size and space for architectural detailing?
- How far are you willing to commute from your home to the office or schools?
- Are you willing to exchange the number of bedrooms and a big yard for proximity to a lake or other recreational area?
- Do you like city living, where you can be close to the action and easily walk to places? Or do you want a more quiet, open space?