Pam McCutcheon


There are so many different homes to choose from during the buying process. How can you be sure to make the right choice? From condos, downtown neighborhoods, suburbs, and country homes, there's a perfect fit for every buyer.

To make the best decision you need to be sure to really give time to your decision making process. Yes, your gut can take you in the right direction, but don't be one of the many buyers that falls prey to listening only to their hearts, ending up biting off more than they can chew.

Some homes take more work than others. This goes double for older homes. The same can be said for many foreclosed houses. The price tag might be appealing or you might love the styling of the home, but keep in mind that much of a home's value is actually in its condition.

This is why it is imperative to have an inspection done on any home you are considering buying. Additionally, you should have a clause in your contract that states if the inspection comes back unsatisfactorily that you, the buyer, have the right to end the contract to buy.

Different homes also comes with different lifestyle factors. Some buyers love the idea of having everything within walking distance. They like spending their extra time meeting friends for dinner and drinks or perusing the latest art exhibit. Could a condo be a good fit? It's a definite possibility.

Homeownership comes with its share of time intensive responsibilities. Lawns need upkeeping. Repairs need made. A condo can give you the location you desire without all the extra maintenance you'd find with a single-family home. That means extra time for the things that really matter to you!

Condos, while low maintenance, however, can also have their downsides. You will share walls, common areas, and amenities with neighbors. If you are an extremely private person, then condo living may not be for you.

Do you prefer a more isolated setting? Many people love the idea of country life. Just keep in mind that the further you are from people, the further you are from grocery stores, hospitals, and restaurants.

The real key is to decide what lifestyle is best for you and your family. Once you've decided this, you'll be able to zero on the best location. Next, be sure to consider more than just the price tag of a home. Consider upkeep costs, area taxes, needed repairs, and even future saleability. Do your due diligence and you're sure to make the right choice!

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