Buying a home is a hugely exciting thing here in the United States, something that is a truly pivotal moment in the lives of many different people. And with so many homes for sale out there and on the market, from custom homes to new homes to luxury homes for sale, it can feel like your options are nothing if not basically limitless. However, it will still be hugely important to take a number of things into consideration, from the quality of these new homes to the neighborhoods that they have built in to, of course, your budget, something that will dictate what types of new homes you actually end up being able to look at in the first place.
Your budget is a hugely important thing, and something that you can discuss with your real estate agent before you actually being viewing new homes or really homes of any sort. After all, your budget will likely eliminate a number of properties in your desired area, and simply avoiding viewing those properties will be incredibly helpful, as it will narrow the decision making process. It will also prevent you from falling in love with a home that you can’t afford, something that can lead to people making risky decisions and taking out a mortgage of a size that won’t be easy for them to pay off on a monthly basis.
Once you’ve decided on a cost, you’ll need to pick a location – and location is everything, particularly if you are planning to start a family in the near future or perhaps even already have a child or multiple children. In fact, the value of the home can even be impacted – sometimes by as much as 20% – based solely on the school district that this home, new home or not, is located in. After all, school districts can have a huge impact on the community as a whole, and can provide a great deal of impetus for people to move into the neighborhood or, in the case of a less than stellar school district, move out of it once they decide to begin their families.
Walkability in any given neighborhood is likely desirable among Baby Boomers and Millennials alike. For many reasons, a neighborhood with a good deal of walkability is ideal for any given family here in the United States, as it will allow their children the space to play and expand their zones of outdoor play in a safe way. And, of course, simply being able to walk safely throughout your neighborhood is a more than ideal thing, something that can greatly improve not only your quality of life, but actually your physical health as well.
And once you’ve decided on a neighborhood (or a number of close together neighborhoods, as the case might be, depending on the area that you’re looking at), you’ll need to actually begin to narrow down your search to a number of specific homes. When it comes to this, new homes are popular for a number of reasons. For instance, new homes are likely to have the most up to date features, including ones that are energy efficient. And as energy efficient features are a priority for up to nearly half of all buyers, thing is something that can be a great selling point for new homes.
Soon to be home owners will also likely look at new homes because they want to avoid any concerns with the appliances in the homes as well as with any home systems, such as electrical systems or plumbing systems. In fact, this is the case for nearly 35% of all new home owners in the United States, and will likely steer them in the direction of new homes instead of homes that have been lived in before. And as more than 45% (48%, to be more precise) of all prospective home owners want a home that has never before been lived in, new homes are likely to fit the bill across the board as well when it comes to meeting home buyer requirements and standards.