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Narrowing Down Your Home Search Area

Real Estate by (From March 2017 Online)
Narrowing Down Your Home Search Area

Finding the right property to buy can take a lot of effort. In fact, it can be a little overwhelming when you’ve got an entire city of homes to choose from. That’s why it can be very helpful to narrow down your search area. The reason this helps so much is because it helps to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. It also helps your real estate agent because he or she can more easily focus on finding homes that perfectly meet all of your needs without going through a huge list of potential properties.

The first thing you can use to narrow down your home search is price range. Most cities have neighborhoods that are more expensive than others. You may find that your budget rules out parts of the city without anything else factoring into the decision. This is especially true for many downtown areas or new neighborhoods with large homes.

For parents, another major factor concerns school zones. Many parents have researched schools in the area they’re moving to and have picked a few that stand out from the others. They will want to find a home within these school zones so they don’t have to question the quality of their child’s education. There may also be several school zones parents want to avoid for whatever reason.

The types of homes you’re looking for may also help you narrow down the part of the city you live in. Some neighborhoods may not have any condos, for example, while downtown areas may only have condos and no single-family homes. Some houses may have good-sized yards, which is certainly going to be an attraction for those with families or pets. Other neighborhoods may feature houses with very small yards, which might be more attractive to those who don’t enjoy yard work.

Style can also help you decide on where to live, although it’s often not the deciding factor. Some neighborhoods feature homes that look very similar. If you like that style, you may want to see a number of houses in that area. If you don’t, you may be able to cross off the entire neighborhood just by looking at one property.

Home size can also play a major part in your decision. There are some neighborhoods where most of the houses may be larger or smaller than what you’re looking for. Some of this has to do with the time period the houses were built in or with the average income of the homeowners in that area. You might find that the homes in one neighborhood are mostly two-story townhouses, while another neighborhood may have many houses that don’t have attached garages. You can use your preferences here to help you narrow down what you’re looking for.

Driving distance may also play a factor in where you want to live. You may want to have a fairly short commute or at least be able to avoid majorly congested routes on your drive to work. If you drive your children to school every day, that commute will also factor into your housing decision. You may even want to think about the drive to the grocery store or to any other places you frequently visit. In fact, some people decide which neighborhood they want to live in based off the amenities nearby.

Drive through any neighborhood you’re thinking about moving to so you can get a feel of it. Look for things that you like and dislike. Do many homes seem to be kept up? Is there loud music playing? Do you see children outside? All of these things can help you determine if you will or won’t be a good fit for the neighborhood. If you don’t feel comfortable driving down the street, you’re not going to feel comfortable living there.

You may also want to do some online research into possible neighborhoods. You can find crime reports, school assessments, and even neighborhood demographics online. This information can help you determine where you want to live and what areas you’d like to steer clear of.

One thing you do want to make sure you do early on in your house search is finding a real estate agent you’re comfortable with. You want someone who understands your needs and will match you up with potential homes that match your style and personality. For members of the LGBT community, that may mean finding an agent who identifies as a part of that community. To do so, you can search the directory on and learn about the LGBT agents in your area.

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