The Great City Debate For Home Buyers

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The Great City Debate For Home Buyers

30 January 2017
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The decision to buy property rather than rent is a big one. It will commit you to one location for the next 5-10 years, most likely, so it's important to find a place where you could be happy during that time. here are some questions to ask yourself about choosing a location to buy property in. 

What Are Your Core Values?

Some people approach location from an external perspective. For example, they see that a city has a great beer scene or good job opportunities. But it's easy to get tricked into following other people to a location that way rather than choosing a place to call home that's aligned with your core values. If you prefer peace and quiet or time spent at a favorite coffee shop, these are the qualities to look for in your city and neighborhood. 

How Much House Can You Get?

Another thing to note is how much house you can afford in each area that you're considering. Even by moving 30 minutes away, you might be able to afford an extra bedroom or a patio. Of course, this depends on how you prioritize being centrally located versus having a great home life. Homebodies should certainly put more emphasis on how much space they can afford and the quality of the space. 

Will a City Continue to Excite You?

You may think that you love a location now and are ready to settle down in it. Just be sure that you have considered whether it will meet your needs several years from now. You might have different priorities; you might start to value good healthcare and manageable traffic over the nightlife scene. 

Is it a Good Long Term Investment

Each city has its own housing market with different factors that influence prices. Consulting a real estate agent is a smart idea before you choose a city for certain. Is the housing market supposed to stay viable in the next ten years? What factors does that city have the could hedge its economy against any national setbacks? These are things to look at when you're putting hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line. You want that money to be invested, not lost to a weakening city economy. 

These are only a few of the things to think about, and each city is so different in what makes people buy property. As a serious buyer, it's in your best interest to consult a real estate agent about the opportunities that exist in several different locations. For more information, contact a business such as Coldwell Banker George Realty.