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Buying a Home in Utah County

Jul 8, 2008
When shopping for a home in Utah County, there are several things that every buyer ought to consider before they make an offer on a lot or a home. Two of the most important factors to review are the home's location and its price.

Your home's location is so important because it will have an impact on the whole family and their quality of life. For example, where you live will determine the length of your commute to work, which school systems your children can attend, the amount of neighborhood safety you enjoy, your proximity to local entertainment, and the atmosphere that surrounds your children as they grow.

With rising gas prices, more and more people are looking for houses close to their place of employment. For example, since Brigham Young University is one of the largest employers in the state, real estate in the Provo and Orem areas are very crowded and expensive. An empty acre lot acre can cost you more than $300,000 if you are looking in the central and eastern neighborhoods.

One way to stay close to the shopping centers, educational facilities, and employment opportunities around Orem and Provo and get more home for your money is to look for land or real estate west of I-15 in the northern part of Utah County. This also puts your family closer to the attractions like Thanksgiving point and Salt Lake City. In addition to their location, North Utah County residential lots tend to be more open and more affordable than residential lots in more developed areas. For example, rather than paying $300,000 just for the land to build on, you could buy a completely new home on a lot for that price.

If you look for a home in a planned neighborhood, there might also be local amenities like basket ball courts, swimming pools, a community running trail, tennis courts and picnic areas. This means the whole family can enjoy the summer without traveling more than a couple minutes from home. Even though real estate west of I-15 is newer than the established neighborhoods in the Wasatch Front, Thousands of families have already jumped on the opportunity for a beautiful and affordable home in these new neighborhoods. This means neighbors and commercial businesses are already waiting to greet newcomers to the area.

As far as price is concerned, every buyer will obviously have a unique budget it would be wise to be conservative in what you think you can afford. You may get approved for a very expensive home, but you should try to make your payments equal one third or one half of your total income and no more. That way you can meet other bills and save for family emergencies.
About the Author
If you are looking for North Utah County residential lots , Southmoor is an attractive neighborhood in The Ranches with a green golf course and recreational amenities nearby. For more information on the area, visit http://southmoorhomes.com/. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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