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Choosing the right LOCATION

The RIGHT location is MORE than just the GPS location.

Things to consider when choosing where to live:

  1. WORK:
    1. How close IS it to your work?
    2. Imagine the route you will take
  2. SCHOOLS:
    1. How good are the schools?
    2. Even if you do not have children in the schools, good schools are key to maintaining property values
  3. SHOPPING:
    1. Where are you going to shop?
    2. Is the nearest Costco, Walmart, or Home Depot 30 minutes away?
  4. DELIVERY:
    1. Does UPS/FedEx deliver?
    2. How will you get your Pacakges
  5. RESTUARANTS:
    1. Where will you dine out or hang out with friends?
    2. Check out the local restaurants, UberEats areas, bars, and Starbucks
  6. COMMUNITY AMENITIES:
    1. If you don’t have to drive to fun places, then living farther out is a nice trade off
    2. Does the community have amazing amenities like a home gym, a swimming pool, a playground, green space, or walking trails?
    3. Are the amenities important it to you?  Will you use them?  The usually entail higher HOA dues per month, but add value to your home’s property
  7. PARKS, LAKES, SPORTS PARKS NEARBY:
    1. Check out the location and amenities of local parks where you can take kids or grandkids to playgrounds, go to the lake or beach, trails to hike, or places where kids can play sports, etc
  8. CLOSE IN VERSUS FARTHER OUT:
    1. Close In: That huge house may lose it’s appeal after you have driven the 2 hour one way drive to work a few time.
    2. You can do the “car test”.  The Federal Government (as of 2021) has a mileage cost of a car at .65/ct per mile, so do a cost comparison of closer in versus farther out just by factoring in that cost of repairing/maintaining a car  
    3. Farther out locations have the perk of being future proofed, as in that is where growth will end up, so you can put down roots because you could very easily stay a long time which saves you a lot of money in moving and real estate costs  
    4. Farther out locations may also have MUCH better amenities because the cost of land is lower, so the builder CAN add all those wonderful things like walking trails, swim clubs, picnic parks, dog parks, and more

Each of our Community’s pages here have custom maps to view all the key locations nearby.

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