What does every single buyer desires when searching for Windsor homes? We all want to live in the perfect neighborhood. Whether that includes the white picket fence or a condo in an urban setting, it’s important to find your dream house in your dream neighborhood.
The first step in reaching your goal is to determine how much you can afford. This will give your real estate professional a clear idea of where to start your home search. By getting pre-approved for a mortgage, you have eliminated the guesswork on where to start your search.
Secondly, make a wish list. What is it you are looking for in Windsor homes? Do you want to live in a traditional neighborhood with lots of families, close to schools and work? Do you want to live in the country that has plenty of room to grow your own garden with lots of fresh air? Perhaps you want to live in the middle of the city, close to public transportation and near trendy restaurants and shopping? Whatever you desire now is the time to be honest in what you want. Don’t skimp, just put everything on the list you desire. Once you have it all written down, take a look at your list. Then look at your pre-approval letter. If you come up short as far as funds go, now is the time to re-arrange your priorities.
Make an appointment with your real estate agent. Go over your newly revised list with them and seek their advice. After all, that is what they are there for. They will use your list as a guide and help you find several Windsor homes in your ideal neighborhood. Chances are, there may be several from which to choose during this buyer’s market. In order to narrow down to find exactly what you want, consider the following:
1. What does the future hold: Does it look like your neighborhood will age well? What does the surrounding community look like? Are there worn out homes in need of repair? Are commercial buildings planned around your neighborhood? Are the schools good? Even if you don’t have children, it’s always a good idea to find a home in a good school district for easier resale purposes. Are there many foreclosures? That can bring down the value of a neighborhood very quickly.
2. Check for Criminals: You may have found the most perfect home in a good area, but it’s always a good idea to find out if the area has much criminal activity. Usually, your real estate agent knows this information, but it’s okay to ask around and see if any unusual goings-on have taken place.
3. Compromise: Be ready to compromise if you can’t find everything you want in the neighborhood you love. Remember the old saying, “Location, location, location.” When deciding if your new home doesn’t have a swimming pool, which you clearly want, but is in the best possible neighborhood, know that a prime location is always a bigger draw for future buyers than a swimming pool. Of course, you can always add your own pool if you desire, but you can’t buy a new neighborhood.