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What Should I Look For When Deciding On A Community?

By on November 11, 2013 in Home Buying Advice, Mortgage Videos

Most people leave their home daily and look forward to returning to the security and comfort of their household as the work or school day ends. A place that is a refuge and conveys comfortable feelings to its occupants is more important than the curb appeal of a real estate listing. A community should provide a sense of belonging and fit a family as much as a home fits a family.

People have very different priorities when it comes to home purchases. A family with young children may have local school quality and neighborhood parks and services as the utmost priorities. An individual who works in a large and congested city would possibly put more importance on reliable public transportation as well as someone who is not able to drive. Some folks hunger for more space and an acre that will allow horses or chickens is more appealing than the services and amenities that come with a more urban setting.

Before looking inside any home being considered for a purchase, location and community setting should be selected or at least there should be a list of favorites. A family with emerging teenagers who like independence will find that a sense of safety and community is more important than an architectural style. Busy professionals know that many hours spent commuting will drain time for leisure and happiness. A dedicated horseback rider needs that acre of land.

To confirm that your prospective community is a good fit, take a walk in the neighborhood that you see yourself living in. Chat with people who could be future neighbors, ask questions about some of the things that are important to you. Walk casually along the residential streets where your children may socialize. These personal connections will direct the next action in the best possible way.

Once you have spent a little quality time in the community that may be your permanent home, you will probably know you have found your new home when the Realtor unlocks the front door and steps aside for you to enter first. You only have to make sure there are enough bedrooms and bathrooms because you are going to live there for a long time.


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About the Author: Jessica Lucas is the managing editor for Mortgage Home Base, a top real estate finance blog dedicated to helping borrowers and home buyers understand the home loan process. Follow Jessica on Google +, and share your comments here. .
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