1. What Do You Need?
Consider what you absolutely need in a neighborhood. Young families may need a good school system nearby, while retirees probably wouldn’t. How far is the commute to work? Can you walk to nearby restaurants and shops -- or is that even important? Also consider why you’re moving. What does your current community lack? Does your new potential neighborhood have these amenities available?
2. What’s Life Like in the Area?
Once you figure out what it is you need in a neighborhood, be ready to stretch your legs. You will want to visit potential neighborhoods that fit your needs and see how much you like them. Are the streets too noisy -- or too quiet? Is there an odd smell that just won’t go away? Is there graffiti or other signs of vandalism? Speaking of, be sure to check local crime rates. Even the most beautiful home is hard to enjoy if you have to constantly worry about a break-in.
3. What Can You Afford?
Of course, it is the dream of many to move to a Beverly Hills-type location. However, doing so is not always feasible. Consider what you can afford, based on your mortgage options. Unfortunately, your dream home may be in a location that’s just out of reach, at least for now. You may need to make a few compromises in order to become a homeowner.
With an experienced real estate agent by your side, you may have to make far fewer compromises, if any. If you are considering buying one of the many beautiful homes for sale near Lake Jackson, contact the Dottie & Kate team today to get started on your search!