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Relocating And Buying a Home

Jun 6, 2008
Relocating can be both an exciting and stressful time. It means choosing a new place to live, making new friends, working with new people, and learning how to get to new places. You can increase your chances of relocation being a positive experience by asking the following questions prior to buying a home.

How far will the commute be? What public transportation options are available? How bad is the traffic in the area you're considering? Would you rather have a larger, less expensive home with a long commute, or a smaller home that is closer to work?

How friendly are your future neighbors? Do you think you'll fit in? How easy and quick is it to reach places like gas stations, grocery stores or theaters? Is the crime rate low? Is there an active "Neighborhood Watch" program operating in your area?

If you are buying a home, will it be significantly more or less valuable than the surrounding homes? If it is less valuable, then the neighboring houses may actually increase the long-term value of your home. If it is more valuable, the nearby homes could cause your home to sell for a lower amount than it otherwise would.

Are there irritating noises or lights such as a streetlight coming through your bedroom window or a factory that works at night? Do you feel good about the schools your children will attend? Do they have elective classes that interest your children? Would you like to become a member of a local church congregation?

What is your home's age? How much time and money might you have to spend maintaining and repairing it? Is the yard large enough, or too big?

Unless you like moving often, you'll probably want to relocate to a place you can live in for as long as needed. Asking yourself the above questions can help you buy a home in the right area when going through a relocation.
About the Author
If you're in the process of a relocation and buying a home, be sure to learn more about home loans and mortgages at the Direct Mortgage website.
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