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Buying a Home? Key Things to Consider

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August 20, 2009 by New Home Connection

Buying a home is a long-term investment. You’ll probably live in a home for some time so you have to make sure that you really want the home you will purchase. It is best to be clear about what you want in a home before you start your search. While most real estate agents can guide you in your search, the decision to purchase a home, and its implications, wholly rest unto you.

You can get lost in the sea of choices presented by the home buying process. Choices require decisions: Where should I live? What type of home is best for my family? How big should my home be? All these decisions can overwhelm you but these can be managed easily by being as clear as possible about your wants and needs. Develop your own guideline for your ideal home to simplify the home buying process. Below are some questions and issues to consider in creating your guideline.

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What amenities do you want your home to have? Do you want to have a swimming pool, a garden, or a fireplace? Be clear with what you want so you can skip houses that don’t meet your criteria.
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Be specific about your location. Author Ilyce Glink of ‘100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask’ explains that location is one of the most important factors when considering different homes. You’ll need to think about where you will be located in relation to schools, places of worship, shopping venues and even your friends and family. Your final location will determine how much you may need to drive each day – and if it’s worth the extra effort.
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The size of your home. Specify how much space your family needs and if you are expecting any additions to your family in the near future. Your needs will determine the size of the home that you will purchase. If your family is growing, you might want to purchase a bigger home to accommodate your family three to five years in the future.
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Do you want to buy a home that needs renovation? Are you willing to put in the time, effort and finances to renovate a home? How much are you willing to invest on repairs and modifications? Create a standard concerning renovations so you can remove certain homes from your search.
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Do you value safety and security? This is an important issue for families with small children and individuals living alone. What are the things you will need in order to feel secure in a home and neighborhood? Eliminate homes that do not pass your safety and security guidelines.

Remember to put in some effort in clarifying your home preferences and goals in life. This exercise can simplify the home buying process and will help you feel comfortable with your purchase in the long-run.

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These tips will surely help you while buying a Colorado Springs real estate. There has been a steady rise in the number of people looking for homes for sale in Colorado Springs. Apart from it’s popularity as ‘the’ tourist destination, Colorado Springs is also a popular destination for home-seekers.

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