|Deciding where to live in the Lansing-East Lansing community|
Youíve been out looking at homes so you may have already made some decisions about which side of town appeals to you and how far away from work youíd like to be.
Perhaps your search is based upon the schools your children will be attending or the proximity to the activities you enjoy when youíre not at work. Possibly, youíre more interested the potential resale value of the home when youíre ready to move on.
No matter what your motivation, always keep in mind that the location of the home is crucial. After you purchase the home, youíll be able to make all sorts of improvements to the property, but youíll never be able to change its location. Even a picture-perfect dream home can be a mistake if it's in an undesirable location, and such a home can be a particularly bad choice if
you anticipate reselling the home within a few years.
The perfect house in a neighborhood you hate will never feel like home, so pick a location that youíll enjoy living in. Besides the appeal of your own home, you should enjoy the ambiance of the entire neighborhood and feel comfortable as you drive through its streets. It should be safe, close to schools and parks, and should offer the services that you depend on, such as healthcare and convenient shopping. Be sure that youíre close enough to the things that are most important to you and that living in this neighborhood will not cause a major change in your lifestyle.
Try to not limit your search to a single area. Itís easy to fall in love with a specific neighborhood and imagine yourself owning a home there. However, that particular neighborhood may be extremely stable with few, if any, homes being offered when you need to buy. Even when a home does become available, thereís no guarantee that it will fit your needs or that youíll even like it.
Also, be prepared to change your shopping criteria. As you explore homes and neighborhoods, youíll learn a lot about what you really want in a home and youíll make appropriate adjustments to your plans.
once worked with a couple who had
visions of living on ten acres of
lush green lawn in a house sitting
far off the road. They were
definitely excited when we found
such a home. The house was exactly
what they were looking for, in
perfect shape, and it included a
nice pole barn that could be used as
a workshop. As they looked over the
ten acres of lush green lawn and
stared down a driveway that was
almost a quarter-mile long it
occurred to them that they would
need to plow the driveway in the
winter and mow the lawn in the
summer. They decided not to place an
offer on that home and we found them
something they could more easily
At the same time, donít go overboard
and plan too far ahead. If youíre
young and only recently married,
your first home doesnít have to be a
five bedroom home that will
accommodate the large family you
hope to have. Thereís a very good
chance that youíll be moving in five
or six years. Purchasing a home that
is too large to grow into is
wasteful as buying one that youíll
outgrow within a year or two.
You may be looking for a home that
would need to be priced twenty-five
percent below fair market value to
be available in the locations youíre
searching. The odds of finding a
seller willing to loose big money on
his home will be next to
There will also be a larger home selection increasing your chances of finding a home that will fit your needs.
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