Inventory is always changing, so it doesn't hurt to look as it helps you get to know what's out there and what type of home is available in certain areas as well as what you can expect to find in your price
If you already know the area you like, then you are in good shape. For most folks, this process is more of one that focuses on elimination more than inclusion.
Start thinking about the things that are important to you; schools, commute times, area density, location to gym, restaurants and shopping, whatever floats your boat.
Ultimately, the decision to buy a specific home in a certain area comes down to you and you alone.
There is no right or wrong here, but you would be wise to heed advice regarding location and the possibility of future equity gain on the homes you are looking at. It's part of our job to guide you throughout the transaction.
We can be your guide on areas, but it is also advantageous for you to drive around the area and see which areas appeal to you and think of why they appeal to you.
Sharing that information with us, can broaden (or narrow) your home search substantially. We know the region and might just introduce you to an area that works perfectly for you-but that you haven't ever heard of or considered before.
We can give you all the ins and outs of a community, but, legally, we can't define with any certainty who lives there.
Drive through the local grocery store, Target, Walmart (or what have you) parking lot, and you can get a good look at who your neighbor's might be:)
Remember, you aren't just purchasing the home, a neighborhood and it's location, are just as important. The more you see and hear, the more you will know if this is the right area of town for you.
So, take a drive on your own and you should figure it out quickly.
Even if you don't have kids, the schools play a huge role in how fast and how much equity your home can expect to gain over the years.
Choose the school district wisely, and you will do yourself, your finances and your family a favor.
Other things to keep in mind are the types of area amenities you would like, crime stats, and commute times to work.
You will want to consider taxes, homeowner association fees, and the schools that appeal to you
if you have children. These all will play a role in how your home will work for you.
Look for a good fit upfront and you will end up living there for a long time.
Now, finding the perfect home may take you some time, but that's part of the process, too.
Let patience prevail and when the right home comes along, you will know it instantly.