When it comes to looking for a home, one of the most important things to figure out is, where? Below are some questions to ask yourself that will help identify your needs and priorities, and some additional resources to help make sure the city or town you choose meets them.
- City, suburbs, or rural?
- Are schools important?
- Commute distance?
- Proximity to family, friends, gym or other activities?
- Walkability or public transportation needs?
- Open space, parks, museums, restaurants or nightlife?
- Overall safety?
- Schools and Education: greatschools.org
- Community data: CityData, NeighborhoodScout
- Open Space: AStateParks
- Public Transportation: bta.com
- Crime and Safety: crimereports.com,
In a tight market like ours, it pays to be flexible. You increase your options if you identify several communities you could live in. Of course, you also want to make sure you have a pre-approval (not a pre-qualification) before you look at homes in those communities. Not sure the difference? Your local loan officer can help answer any questions and get you pre-approved. Homes are going quickly, so the more prepared you are, the better your chances of getting the home you want, where you want it.
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