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11 FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A HOME

Thursday, September 7, 2023   /   by Teresa Pileggi

11 FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A HOME

Buying a home is a significant decision and can be a daunting task that requires careful consideration. Here are some key factors to keep in mind when purchasing a home:

 

1.     Budget and Affordability: Determine your budget and evaluate your financial situation. Consider not only the down payment but also ongoing expenses like mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance costs. Be financially prepared so that it doesn’t turn out to be a financial nightmare for a long time. Choose a reputable and experienced real estate agent to guide you through the home-buying process and negotiate on your behalf.

2.     Neighborhood: Research the neighborhood's safety, crime rates, community amenities, and overall atmosphere. A visit to the area during different times of the day can help you get a feel for the neighborhood.

3.     Home Size and Layout: Decide on the size and layout of the home that will accommodate your current and potential future needs. Consider the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and any specific features you desire.

4.     Condition of the Property: Inspect the home's condition thoroughly to identify any necessary repairs or renovations. Hiring a professional home inspector can help uncover potential issues.


5.     Resale Value: Even if you plan to live in the home for a long time, it's essential to consider its potential resale value. Factors like location, market trends, and neighborhood amenities can influence the property's future value.

6.     Commute and Accessibility: Evaluate the ease of access to major roads, highways, public transportation, and commute times to your workplace. Choose a location that suits your lifestyle and meets your needs. Consider factors like proximity to work, schools, public transportation, medical facilities, shopping centers, parks, and recreational areas.


7.     Monthly Maintenance Fee:  If the property is part of a Condominium Corporation, you must review their rules, regulations, fees, and restrictions. Maintenance fees do increase yearly and can impact your lifestyle and cause additional costs that you may not be aware of.  Also ensure that the Condominium bylaws and restrictions do not affect any of your personal needs by making a Conditional Offer Upon Solicitor Review of the Status Certificate.  It is imperative that you hire an experienced real estate lawyer to review the Condominium Status Certificate in detail and all its costs, rules and bylaws before making a firm agreement of purchase and sale.


8.     Future Development: Research any planned developments or construction in the area that could affect property values or quality of life.

9.     Home Insurance and Property Taxes: Investigate the cost of home insurance and property taxes in the area, as these expenses can significantly impact your monthly housing costs.


10.   Energy Efficiency: Consider the home's energy efficiency and sustainability features, as they can reduce utility costs and positively impact the environment.

 

11.   Mortgage Options: Explore different mortgage options, interest rates, and loan terms to find the best fit for your financial situation.

By carefully evaluating these factors, you can make an informed decision and find a home that suits both your immediate needs and long-term goals.  Lastly hiring an experienced full time Real Estate Broker to assist you with your buying process and who will look out for your best interest is vital.   

 


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Information is provided exclusively for consumers’ personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Data is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS®. Copyright 2024 Last Updated April 12, 2024
Information is provided exclusively for consumers’ personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Data is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS®. Copyright 2024 Last Updated April 12, 2024
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