Daniella Aitken - How to Find the Right Home for Your Family

When you are in the process of buying a home for your family, it is essential to consider what everyone wants out of the new property. Making a priority checklist of what is most important to your family will help you all stay on the same page throughout the buying process. Factors like affordability, convenience, school districts and move-in capability may be important. Prioritizing these factors with the help of a real estate agent ensures that you find the home that best suits you and your family.

Considering Price

For many families, price is the most imperative factor in purchasing a new home. A real estate agent can do all of the research to help you find homes that meet your budget. It is critical for families to consider the initial sale price of a real estate property as well as other factors that can add up. A buyer should think about the yearly property taxes, any association fees, services not included in the home and the cost of mortgage insurance. Just because a home may appear to be affordable does not mean there are no strings attached to the total price. Even cheap condominiums can become expensive with the additional fees that exist for maintenance and the use of amenities.

Calculating Repair Costs

When a buyer is on a budget, he or she will likely need to make certain concessions in buying a new home. The buyer may need to consider a property that needs a few minor repairs. A real estate agent can help find homes that require only minimal and inexpensive repairs. Certain items, such as a roof, heating system, electrical system, furnace and bathroom plumbing, need repairs or maintenance work performed approximately every five years. A buyer can gain some leverage by negotiating the repair of these items before moving into a home or deciding to purchase it.

Consider the Location

The location of a home is also a crucial factor for a family to consider. A buyer may want a home located near the best schools. Being aware of crime statistics in the community is also a must. A real estate agent usually has print-outs with this information in regards to specific neighborhoods. A buyer should note that he or she will likely have to pay a higher purchase price for a home that is located near a good school district and is in an area of low crime. A buyer may also want to note whether medical facilities, libraries and outdoor parks can also be found near a home. Some people also prefer to live near areas where there are plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities available.

Specific Features

There are many specific features that you can also discuss with your family before buying a home. Perhaps there needs to be a certain number of rooms to accommodate several children. Maybe you want to have a two-story house instead of a one-story. Whether the property has a full basement or walk-up attic may be other factors to consider before beginning the purchasing process. If you make a list before you begin to search for the home of your dreams, then you will stay focused on finding a property that meets all of the needs of your family.

Working with a real estate agent is an easy way to get started in finding the right home for your family. You will be able to find a home that the whole family loves and that is within your budget range with the help of a real estate agent.

Daniella Aitken

Daniella Aitken

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CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
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