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Beyond the Four Walls: What to Consider when Shopping for a Home

Posted by VIP Realty on Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 5:01pm.

Although a home’s structure is a very important part of purchasing a home, there are other factors beyond the home’s four walls that also play an important part when deciding whether a New Braunfels propertyis right for you:

  • Yard – Even if a yard isn’t a very big deal to you in terms of your next home purchase, you will want to examine it to make sure it provides you with adequate privacy and personal space. For example, a home on a corner lot may seem like a great idea until you realize that your backyard is very small and is up against the neighbor’s backyard, thereby providing you with very little privacy. If you have small children, consider whether the yard’s location is safe and secured, and whether it is near a busy street or intersection.
  • Location – The location of the home is another important consideration, as you will want to be in a home that is close to the things that are most important to you. Therefore, you may want to consider whether the home is close to your place of employment, your children’s school, the grocery store, public transportation, or even the shopping mall. In addition, consider how easy (or hard) it is to make your way out of your neighborhood and through your town.
  • Neighborhood – Before considering a home in a particular neighborhood, it is important to consider the neighborhood itself. If you have children, you will want to pay close attention to the schools and amenities, such as playgrounds, in the neighborhood. You will also want to check on home values and whether they have increased or decreased in the last five years. Remember that location is crucial when purchasing a home, as it could determine the overall success of your investment.
  • Amenities – Consider the amenities offered by the neighborhood. Do they have a neighborhood watch? A neighborhood swimming pool? A community park or playground? Are the streets lined with sidewalks? Do they have a strong police force? Paying close attention to the community and the services and amenities it provides its residents is an important factor when deciding if it is a neighborhood that will grow and flourish in the upcoming years or lose its luster and experience falling home values.

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