Wednesday, October 2, 2013

5 Key Aspects to Consider When Buying a North Shore Home This Fall

Buying a North Shore home in the fall can be a very exciting time as the backdrop of changing leaves and cooling temperatures beckon us all to spend more time indoors.  

However, you may be wondering if now is a good time to buy.  The busy spring and summer markets have ended, and thoughts of not being able to find the right home with more limited inventory have you second guessing your decision.

As a North Shore Real Estate agent, I can attest that the fall can really provide some home buying perks!  First of all, you’ll find you have less competition when looking at North Shore homes.  Secondly, sellers tend to be more willing to negotiate price and work within your timeline because they’re hoping to have their home sold before the holiday season.

If you are planning on moving forward with the home buying process this fall, you’ll want to be sure to be as prepared as possible!  This means having your financing in order, as well as making a list of wants and needs; which will help you narrow down your search.  Below I’ve listed five other key aspects you’ll want to look for when buying a North Shore home.  Take a look!

1. Layout and Space-  Know your goals for the home, whether it’s a long term home or a home that you’ll use for hosting family and friends. Floor plan, along with the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, play a role in how comfortable and efficient your home is for you.  Although you want the most space for your money, buying a home that’s too large may not be in your best interest.
2. Location- It’s often said that location is key, and that’s very true!  You can always make changes to the interior and exterior of your home, making it look exactly as you would like, but you cannot move your home to a new location. Be sure that the location you choose matches your desires for things such schools, work, daily errands and community.  A home that’s a good price, but is not in the community that fits you best may not be the home for you.
3. Kitchen- For many, the kitchen is the “heart of the home” so you want to know you enjoy the space! Remodeling is always an option, but is a huge undertaking and can become very costly.  Determine what projects you’re willing to undertake and the costs associated with the remodel. 
4. Closets and Storage- Not having enough closets and storage can be a huge point of frustration in a home.  Be sure to check closets and storage options in a potential home.  It will make life much easier in the long run.
5. Finishes- Look at those special details that make the home stand out. While this is minor, it is still what makes a home feel pulled together. If you absolutely love the home, but aren’t keen on the finishes; buy it. You can always make additional updates later!
Thinking through these features in a home will really help you hone in on what North Shore home will work best for you!
If you’d like to begin your North Shore home search, or are interested in learning more about the current North Shore Real Estate market, please contact me today!

Janie Bress
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