How to Find my Home?
Buying a home is one of the most expensive acquisitions that a person will ever secure in their lifetime. No ordinary decision, this requires serious thought, research and active on the ground searches.
When you are serious about buying a home, it means that you should activate your eyes and ears to lead you to prospective ones. In essence, it is time to get your antennas up! This is the time when you go scouting for properties and to activate your feelers by asking friends and family and even a Realtor to help you on this journey. Tell them what you are looking for, including the type of property, location and most importantly, price range.
Popular places to check are the classified sections of the newspaper, online real estate sites, online listings, sign up for e-mail alerts, including the JN Preferred Developments newsletter and visit open houses that are held by developers and private vendors. Go into communities that you are interested in and do your own research - find out from residents or neighbours if they know of any property on sale.
With all those avenues to get information, the truth is that it may not be a simple process. For some people, it takes months to find what they are looking for to suit their needs and budget. And that is why it can?t be emphasised enough that home acquisition has to be a well thought out and calculated decision. This is the place that you will be calling home and will more than likely have to contend with for a number of years to raise or even to start a family.
It is imperative that you identify your home ownership goals to ensure that you select a home that is closely aligned with what you are looking for in terms of needs and even wants. And some of the recommended questions you may ask yourself to enable your search and results are:
- What are some of the communities or neighbourhoods that I see myself residing in?
- Where?s the furthest I would go to live, bearing in mind commuting time?
- Do I want a brand new house, a pre-owned or even a fixer-upper?
- Do I want a traditional type house, apartment or townhouse?
- Do I want to live in a small or large complex?
- Are pets allowed?
- Is it family oriented or is it a place that?s conducive to retirees?
- Is the layout ideal for me and my family?
- How many bedrooms, do I want? If it doesn?t meet my needs, can I eventually expand?
With those considerations in mind, your search will avoid distractions and be time efficient.