Finding the Best House For Your Family’s Needs

Launching a search for your next home can be a daunting prospect — especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. It’s not only a life-changing decision that will have “ripple effects” for years to come, but it’s also one of the largest financial commitments you’ll every make. So there is a little “pressure” associated with this choice!

The good news is that once you’re approved for a mortgage and you know what you want (and can afford) in your next home, then the actual searching part should be a “piece of cake!” Well, as you can imagine, things can and sometimes DO go wrong along the way, but there are effective strategies for simplifying the process and increasing the probability that you’ll be delighted with the house you finally close on.

Identify Your Priorities

Knowing what your priorities are and being familiar with all the different features you’ll need to evaluate are the first steps to a successful house-hunting campaign. Your real estate agent can be enormously helpful in asking you the right questions, pinpointing your preferences, and guiding you toward the house that will offer the best combination of features, qualities, and characteristics.

Rarely will you find the property that is absolutely perfect in every imaginable way, but when you’re clear about the important things you’re not willing to compromise on, your final choice is bound to be one that fulfills your requirements and makes you happy! Also keep in mind that once you’re the owner, you can customize, decorate, and landscape that home to become whatever you want it to be. Perhaps the only two things that are set in stone are the location and the proximity of the house to neighbors.

I don’t know whether this saying has been attributed to any particular person, but it contains a lot of truth about achieving goals, attaining happiness, and finding the home of your dreams: “If you don’t know exactly what you want, it’s highly unlikely you’re going to find it!” That holds true whether you’re looking for the ideal job, home, or life partner.

So the question is “How can you zero in on what you need, want, and would find the most satisfying in a house?” Your real estate agent can help you create a priority list or provide you with a boilerplate list that you can work from. If you haven’t chosen an agent yet, there is a free home-buying checklist available from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

There are literally dozens of items you’ll factor into your home-buying decision, including the square footage, the quality of the neighborhood, the number of bathrooms and bedrooms, the condition of the roof, electrical, and mechanical systems, the size of the backyard, proximity to neighbors, and whether it’s conveniently located near supermarkets, medical offices, parks, recreation, good schools, transportation, highways, entertainment, shopping, and much more. The bottom line is this: When you’re organized, focused, and clear about what you’re looking for in a new home, you’re well positioned for a successful outcome!

What To Look For When Buying A Home To Build Equity

Buying a home will be the biggest purchase of your entire life. It’s not a decision that anyone should or will take lightly. You want to buy a house that you can live in. Sometimes, it’s even best to think of your home purchase from the perspective of others. Ask yourself, “Would other people want to live here?”

When it comes to your home, the financial buzzword is “equity.” As the buyer, you want to be able to build some equity into your home so that if you should choose to sell it, you’ll make a profit.

Whether your home is only meant to live in for a few years until your family outgrows it, or you think it’s going to be a forever home, life happens and you don’t want to be stuck with a home that you must take a loss on. Keep these aspects of the home in mind when you are ready to buy:

Size

Most people search for 3 to 4 bedroom homes. Whether they are married and want to have children or just need extra space for another baby that is on the way, families typically look for places where they have room to grow. The number of bathrooms in a home is also key. Families don’t want to share one bathroom among 4-5 people. These factors are even more important than the actual space available in the home by square footage.

On the flip side, you don’t want your home to be too big either. Larger homes aren’t as energy efficient and can cost more to maintain. Know that there is a “sweet spot” for your square footage. Usually this is somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet of living space.

Room To Expand

Look at the home to see if there is room to expand. Perhaps you need another bathroom, but there’s some space to construct an additional half bath. This factor of expansion is key when it comes to a home or property.

Look Past The Appearance

Things like paint colors, floors, carpets and other aesthetics aren’t as important as the big things when it comes to buying a home. You can easily change these without much cost or effort on your part. While everyone loves a move-in-ready home, don’t let a little paint separate you from a home that you love!

Curb Appeal Helps

While it’s easy to fix some things like the color of a home or the shrubs, find your vision to give the home you’re about to purchase some curb appeal. If you can see past the imperfections and make your home your own from the outside in, your home will be attractive. There’s plenty of things you can add and fix from doors to landscaping to paint to a new mailbox. All of these can give your home some serious curb appeal.

Sound Structure

If the structure of the home is not in good condition, you’ll face many problems down the road. You want to avoid costly repairs by ensuring that you buy a home without serious structural damage or wear. The most important part of a home’s structure is that of the foundation. If a home has a cracked foundation, it’s going to cause some problems. Be sure that you hire a reputable inspector and attend the inspection so you know exactly what’s going on with the home you are about to purchase. You can prepare yourself for any problems or issues this way, and make a decision from there. A home that has a good structure to start will undoubtedly continue to help you build equity in your purchase.

Open house on 8/5/2017 at 685 Oak St Bldg 5 Brockton, MA 02303


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Check out this great 1 Bedroom Garden-Style Condo in Madrid Square! Open floor plan features spacious Living Room with adjoining Dining Room area and slider opening to covered patio. Kitchen offers stainless refrigerator, stainless gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, convenient pantry. Master Bedroom is generously sized and has double closet. Full bath recently updated with new bathtub/white tiled wall, vanity, faucet + mirror! You only pay for electric and Internet/Cable/Phone. Condo fee includes heat, hot water, exterior maintenance, trash removal, landscaping, snow removal, master insurance!! Tons of amenities – Clubhouse, outdoor pool, tennis courts, BBQ area, open grassed field. Pets welcome! Washer/Dryer, Bonus Storage for Unit located in building. FHA approved complex! Convenient to shopping, Commuter Train to Boston, Routes 24 + 495. Come see!!

Condo – 685 Oak St Bldg 5 Unit 4 Brockton, MA 02303 is now new to the market!

Check out this great 1 Bedroom Garden-Style Condo in Madrid Square! Open floor plan features spacious Living Room with adjoining Dining Room area and slider opening to covered patio. Kitchen offers stainless refrigerator, stainless gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, convenient pantry. Master Bedroom is generously sized and has double closet. Full bath recently updated with new bathtub/white tiled wall, vanity, faucet + mirror! You only pay for electric and Internet/Cable/Phone. Condo fee includes heat, hot water, exterior maintenance, trash removal, landscaping, snow removal, master insurance!! Tons of amenities – Clubhouse, outdoor pool, tennis courts, BBQ area, open grassed field. Pets welcome! Washer/Dryer, Bonus Storage for Unit located in building. FHA approved complex! Convenient to shopping, Commuter Train to Boston, Routes 24 + 495. Come see!!

This is a Garden style home and features 4 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 bedroom, and is currently available for $129,900.

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