Looking at a New Home

We often get ahead of ourselves when looking at a new home, and if it’s beautiful, has enough bedrooms and the price is right, we want to put pen to paper and make it our own. Rushing into such an important decision and failing to be thorough can be disastrous, though. Here is a list of five things for you to consider when looking at a prospective new home that may save you some heartache and worry down the road.

1. Look carefully at how the seller has maintained the home and determine whether any problems are problems you are willing to take on. Also get a disclosure statement of any existing problems of which you may not be aware. If you want to purchase the house, stipulate in the contract that the problems be rectified, or agree to fix it yourself for a reduction in the purchase price.

2. Think about your family’s needs and how the house might work for you. Open stairs to a basement might be impractical if you have toddlers, while an attic bedroom might be a good thing if you have a musical teenager. You want to have space that makes sense for
your family as well as your possessions.

3. Consider the neighborhood and any ordinances, landscaping regulations, etc, and how they fit with your lifestyle. If you hope to have a vegetable garden, a home on a golf course may not suit you, but a country cottage will.

4. Take a tour of the extended neighborhood. How long will it take you to get to a grocery store or pharmacy? Are there restaurants nearby? Are you in a food delivery area? What is the traffic like at various times?

5. If you have children, research the schools, child care and recreation opportunities in the area and also consider the safety of the area – both traffic safety and crime.

This list by no means covers all the issues that you need to consider when making this very important decision, but hopefully will help you start the process of honestly evaluating the property to make the best decision for your new home and for your family.

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About christinahammondhomes

Christina Hammond is currently a real estate agent for Keller Williams Greater Athens in Athens, Georgia. Her interests in real estate began when she was an undergraduate at Arizona State University, where she studied business and psychology. During her years at ASU, she apprenticed with one of the top producing real estate brokers in the area, learning the details of real estate sales in a large metropolitan area. This practical experience, combined with her university studies, further increased her interest in real estate as a career. Christina excels in developing close working relationships with clients that often grow into long term friendships. She has 15 years of real estate experience, the last 8 in the Athens area. As in Phoenix, she has fostered many connections with her clients and finds this part of her work more satisfying in this smaller venue. As Christina says, “It is enormously rewarding to help a client find a home that is right for them. Homes are the physical manifestation of many people’s dreams, and it is hard to express the satisfaction of helping someone find a home that they love.” Of course, selling real estate requires shrewd understanding of the market and competing forces. Such skills were honed through her academic experience, understanding legal contracts, business negotiations, market competition, etcetera. But from Christina’s perspective, real estate is fundamentally about the people, rather than just buying and selling. When she is contracted, her obligation to her client is paramount, and she will represent them as assertively as is necessary. Christina states, “You learn quickly that in a big city, as well as a smaller community, a great agent must be thorough and aggressive, so that the client can know that their interests are being managed effectively, and it allows them to relax and focus on the big picture.”
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