Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers


What is MOST Important to You in Your Search?

Posted in House Hunting,Neighborhoods,Psychological Stuff,What do I Buy? by Jeff Dowler on May 9, 2007

If you haven’t figured this out yet, or given it much thought in your search, you really should.

I find that lots of buyers, when starting a search, do not have a good idea of what they want, but more importantly don’t have a list of priorities. How are you going to know that a certain community or neighborhood is right if you don’t have some idea of what is most important to you in your search?

Certainly, for most, price will be the big determining factor, and there isn’t much you can do about this. You can afford what you can. And depending on the market in your area, some communities will offer lots of options and others may offer nothing. But apart from that, what IS important?

  • Schools
  • Community Services (parks, seniors services, recreational activities)
  • Housing density (e.g., large lots, houses all line up next to each other, neighbors looking into you yard)
  • An area that is growing and changing vs a stable area
  • Access to amenities like shopping and restaurants
  • Rural vs suburban vs urban – do you want a purely residential area or a mix of commercialand residential
  • New housing vs older
  • Views – hills, ocean, greenbelts, panoramic
  • Diversity of housing vs not (e.g, tract homes)
  • Detached vs attached (e.g., townhomes, mid-rise or high-rise buildings)
  • Access to public transportation, freeways, major thoroughfares

The list could go on and on, but I urge you to give this some serious consideration before you look and buy. Some things may be more important than others, but you don’t want to not pay attention to those things that REALLY matter to you. Once you buy it’s too late.

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