Top on that list of features that you should never compromise on has to be the location. Actually no other single factor impacts on you buying a house more than the neighborhood where it is located. Indeed it affects everything else that you may want to consider before signing on the dotted line. Not only will where you choose to buy affect how much you pay for it now but its future price will also be determined by it. Indeed your entire lifestyle will be determined by the location of the house you choose to buy.
For instance you need to be clear on your mind what category the property falls under. Is it urban, suburban or rural? Each option has a different proximate to key amenities. Commute times will also be different as well as the costs involved in getting to work and all the other places you frequent. These are all key considerations that will dictate what kind of lifestyle you end up with after purchasing the house.
Most people will have school-going kids too and so proximately to good schools also has to be a carefully considered.
Your personal preferences are not paramount.
Buying a house has to be one of the most significant investment decisions most people will ever take in their lifetimes. And so it has to be a good investment first and all other things later. Many first-time home buyers have ended up with nasty surprises when they later need to find a buyer for their property. Some houses may prove to be extremely difficult to sell at any price. There are others you may not be able to sell at any price that is close to what you paid for it. This is why it is important to think way ahead when making any house-buying decision.
This is yet another reason why your real estate agent is such an important cog in the wheel. They must be able to advise you on current trends in the market and what future projections are. Even if you have no plans to ever sell your house nobody wants to own a house whose value is stagnant or on a downward trend. What if you needed to borrow against the property?
What you need to be looking out for is a house in a desirable neighborhood close to all the amenities with excellent future prospects. While looks are important it needs to be the kind of investment that you can also be proud of. The right real estate agent will be of great help to you in finding this kind of house to buy every time.