Choosing the right neighbourhood when buying a Windsor Ontario house for sale is one of the most important things you can do as a buyer. Remember, not only are you buying a home, but you are also investing into an area where you will hopefully call home for several years. The location, as well as the neighbours, needs to be considered as well as researched carefully and discussed throughly with your real estate agent.
One of the first things an agent will ask their client is where they want to purchase their home.
1. Do you want to be close to your work or would you consider a commute?
2. Do you want to live downtown or in the suburbs?
3. Do you want traditional neighbourhoods or more eclectic, up and coming areas?
4. Older homes or Windsor new homes?
Again, these are just some of the questions a buyer should discuss with their real estate agents. You may have more requirements, but these should get you started.
Next, take a look at your current lifestyle and where you plan to be in a few years. The majority of future homeowners today are buying homes for the long-term. This is a change from ten years ago when buyers would find a home and then look for something bigger and better in just a few years. But those days are gone for many and most are eager to find a home to stay in for a while. Maybe you find yourself in one of these categories:
1. Single and plan to stay that way for a while.
2. Young married couple with plans for family
3. Growing family that will need more room
To a real estate agent, knowing what a buyer needs and requires makes it much easier to find that Windsor Ontario house for sale in the perfect location. For example, the perfect neighbourhood for a single buyer with no plans to marry may select a condo in an area close to entertainment, shopping and work. But a growing family may want a home in a traditional neighbourhood near excellent schools.
So here is some homework for those buyers who are trying to select a home that will serve their lifestyle for the next several years:
1. Write a list on what you find attractive about a neighbourhood. What are you looking for? Tree lined streets? Close knit community? Really sit down and think what you must have. Take this story of a young family:
Relocating from another area, this family looked for a home in an unfamiliar area to them. They both had never lived here before so picking a Windsor Ontario house for sale in the right neighbourhood was overwhelming. After visiting a few homes with little luck, it soon became apparent to the real estate agent what the couple didn’t want. While the couple said they wanted newer homes, they were turned off with subdivisions. They realized what they really wanted was a tree lined neighbourhood with older homes. The agent then immediately switched gears, made a few phone calls to the office and showed the young husband and wife older homes, full of character, but had plenty of updates. They found exactly what they wanted in a older neighbourhood. So take a few moments and write down what it is that makes a location appealing to you.
2. Once you find a neighbourhood that you like, do your research. This is another great reason why you should always hire a neighbourhood specialist when buying a home. You want an agent that can give you the good, the bad and the ugly regarding a certain location. You want to know if the area has crime problems, if the schools are in good standing, if there will be any new businesses coming in or if the neighbourhood is declining. Find out as much as you can regarding a neighbourhood and this includes driving around at various hours to check it out. Neighbourhoods can change when the sun goes down or on weekends, when most neighbours are home.
Location, location, location is a phrase that can never be overused when buying a home. While you may plan to stay in it for several years, life can be unpredictable. If you need to sell your home quickly, then being in a good neighbourhood will only help you when you need to list your property.