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How do I determine the type of house I want and where I want to live?
Many factors come into play when determining what type of home you want and where you want it to be located. Obviously, the size and number of bedrooms will be a crucial factor. But on top of that, how much yard space do you want, and how much are you realistically willing to manage? Is a garage important to you? If you’ll have school-aged children, school districts should be a major consideration, as well as safety and family friendliness. If you consider your home purchase an investment that you hope will appreciate in value, you should become familiar with local neighborhoods and try to move into one that is likely to see redevelopment and an influx of wealthier residents in the future. This checklist indicates numerous features that should be relevant to your search for the right home.
You will also want to consider your commute to work. Do you want to live in the city where your money will buy you less real estate, but you’ll have a short commute, or are you willing to deal with a longer commute? Remember, if you plan to buy a house, you should be planning to live there for several years. Will your home and location meet your needs for a reasonable period of years?
There are a lot of websites out there to help you narrow you search. You can find home values and for-sale prices laid out on a map, as well as crime statistics and information about school districts. Here are just a few such websites:
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