Knowing what to focus on as you begin your home search can feel overwhelming, but if you keep these four questions in mind as you consider each property, you'll have a much easier time finding one that fits your wants and needs.

  • What is the neighborhood like? A listing's proximity to your work, to local schools, and to various amenities should play a significant role in your decision on whether to move forward with submitting an offer. Besides this, you'll likely also want to think about things like crime rates and local property values. After all, the three most important aspects of real estate are “location, location, location.”

  • What are the schools like? Even if you don't have children, you should still take a look at an area's school system before deciding to buy a given home, as this can have a major impact on resale value. If you do have kids, however, this question will be even more essential.

  • What are the average utilities? Knowing this will help you determine how much living in the home will actually cost, and how well this will fit into your budget.

  • How old are the home's major systems and appliances? Determining the age of the furnace, water heater, and the roof, among a few other items, will give you an idea of how soon these things might need to be replaced.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.