First Time Home Buyer’s Guide To Real Estate

“When you set out to buy your first home, you certainly want to buy a piece of real estate that you can consider to be home” and not just an investment. At the same time, the best real estate purchase is one that can fill both of these roles. Therefore, when you begin the search for your home, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to make the best purchase possible. These include:

Location
House size
Lot specifications

By considering these three areas carefully, you will be more likely to make a real estate purchase that will make you happy for years to come.

Considering the Location

Everyone has heard that location is the most important aspect of real estate and for good reason. After all, if the real estate you buy is in a poor location, you are not likely to be happy living there and you will have a difficult time selling the property later.

When considering a piece of real estate, you want to look into the crime statistics in the area. Just looking up the numbers for the area is not enough, however, as this does not paint a clear picture of the specific neighborhood you are considering. Find out as much as you can about your neighbors before moving in as living next door to the wrong people can make your life miserable and can significantly decrease your property value.

You can learn more about your neighbors by driving through the neighborhood at night on a couple different occasions. You can also ask your local police station to provide you with a list of all of the calls they received within a one mile radius of the home over the past two years. This list will tell you when the calls where made, where the police were dispatched, and why they were called in the first place.

Considering the Size of the Home

The size of the house you are looking to buy is another important consideration. Obviously, the houses in the neighborhood will vary somewhat is size, but most should be pretty similar. When it comes to resell value, you don’t want to buy the largest home in the neighborhood. Similarly, if the homes around the one you are looking to buy are smaller than yours, your home most likely will not appreciate in value as quickly. At the same time, purchasing a home that is smaller than the other properties in the neighborhood will help to increase its value faster.

Of course, you need to purchase a home that is large enough for you and your family. Therefore, you will have to weigh your needs against the potential resale value of the home when making your decision.

Considering the Lot

Although most of the value of your real estate purchase will be tied up in the actual home, you certainly want to consider the lot as well. Don’t worry too much if the lot does not have a great deal of landscaping done to it. You can add your own landscaping later, which will give the value of the home a nice boost. More importantly, you want to select a lot that is not overly crowded, oddly shaped, or situated in a strange position. All of these factors can make it more difficult for you to sell the home later.

When you buy a house, you definitely want to get a place you can call home.” At the same time, you want to shop smart and purchase a piece of real estate that will increase in value and serve as a wise investment as well.”