How do we know where we should look for a home?
Do we find the smallest house in the most expensive area? Do we pick a house that fits our needs now, but maybe not in 5 years? Choosing between a smaller house in an affluent neighborhood, or maybe an older, bigger house in a more working-class community is not easy. Figure out your priorities:
Is location the most important thing for you?
Is the home close to work or maybe your kids schools?
Is each of the neighborhoods safe?
Is quality of the schools an issue?
Do any of the areas seem to attract more families with children?
And where do you fit in?
It's always a good idea to drive through neighborhoods you are thinking about and looks for signs of children in the area, or how people interact with one another. You can also stop and talk to the neighbors and learn more about the area. Your agent can also provide insight on the different areas and help you pick an area that best fits your needs.