Getting Started

5 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A HOME

Raleigh has grown so much over the years that it is challenging to keep up with, even for a successful real estate agent with years of experience. Trouble can start when a buyer is new to the area or if he or she is so caught up in the excitement of buying a home that priorities get confused.

1. THINK LONG TERM.

Buying a home is not a transitional step; it’s a major move with large financial consequences if things go wrong.

2. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND VERIFY INFORMATION.

Don’t rely on the builder’s agent to tell you about future highway plans ­ check with the NCDOT to get validated info on local transportation plans. Also, be sure your neighborhood has access to the schools you want. A knowledgeable real estate agent will guide you through this process and offer the resources you need.

3. CONSIDER THE COST OF YOUR COMMUTE.

With the fluctuating gas prices, this has never been more true! Raleigh is a big area and before you know it, you might find yourself commuting 25 to 30 miles to work each way. That’s just you, don’t forget driving the kids around for their activities, too.

4. PAY ATTENTION TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

You can change a house over a few weekends but changing a neighborhood is a bigger challenge. Do you have children? Pets? An elderly parent? Be sure the neighborhood wants and needs before you buy. There’s nothing worse than buying a great house in an area you hate.

5. CONSIDER THE CULTURE OF AN AREA.

Downtown Raleigh will differ from the golf course communities in North Ridge and Preston. Just like NC State University and Meredith College will have large populations of students, Falls River in North Raleigh will likely have a lot of school-­age kids. Check out the local grocery stores and restaurants because they can tell you a lot in a short time.

Read more of our Neighborhood Inspection Tips as you prepare for your home shopping experience. Learn more about Raleigh’s Realty Brothers  when you are ready to discuss your home buying goal in Raleigh or the surrounding area.

As you’re getting started, you can also simplify the process by re­grounding yourself in the our 3 Simple Rules, educating yourself on the common home buyer mistakes as well as by signing up for our free Buying Guide.

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