Now that you have your pre-approval letter in hand and know the price range that suits you, it’s time to get serious about finding your new home. You have two things to consider:
- The benefits and features of the home
- The location.
While the benefits and features are definitely important to your future happiness, it might be best to settle on the location first.
Again, there are two considerations. The first is the neighborhood makeup. You want to feel comfortable in your surroundings.
The second is the distance to work, school, shopping, friends, relatives, and recreation. Settling too far from the places you need or want to go eats up both time and money. And who knows what gas prices will do? You may want to locate where mass transit is an option.
So think about where you need go each day – and where you like to go. Get a map of the San Diego area and mark those places. If some are more important than others – as in the workplace where you need to be each day – mark them in a different color.
Then take a drive through likely neighborhoods. Look at how the homes are kept, notice the people you see. You can even stop and talk with people, and ask them about life in their neighborhood.
Once you’ve settled on the areas where you’d like to live, show me what you’ve chosen. I’ll focus my search on homes in the location you want.
You have a life to live – there’s no sense in living where you won’t be comfortable with your surroundings – and no sense in spending it in the car!
Next time I write, I’ll give you a checklist of things to think about when you make your list of “must haves” for your new home.
If you’re ready to start the search today, just call. We can go over the list together.