House hunting is way different than hitting up the grocery store, so why do we tend to treat them the same? Haphazardly wandering through the aisles, mindlessly driving around looking for “for sale” signs; don’t they both tend to go...
Hunting down the perfect home is a task often taken on with a laser focus, but should you really be thinking about the bigger picture? Where your future home is located can influence how long you stay there - as well as how much you actually enjoy living there.
Here are six tips to make sure you find a neighborhood that meets your needs and end up living in a community you love.
1. Stop by in the morning, evening and for lunch.
Don’t just take a look around the neighborhood for an afternoon showing - see how the neighborhood works at different times of day. Are there huge backups due to morning rush hour mixed with construction projects? Is the neighborhood park a big meeting spot for families in the late afternoon? Are there impromptu live music performances at a nearby cafe for lunch hour? To get a well-rounded picture of what the neighborhood has to offer, hangout there and see if you can picture yourself taking part in community activities, eating at nearby restaurants and shopping for groceries down the street.
What makes a neighborhood great varies from buyer to buyer - so decide what matters most to you depending on your needs, hobbies and lifestyle, and go from there.
If you are relocating and won’t have the opportunity to “test drive” a neighborhood before you buy into it, find neighborhood resources online like neighborhood Facebook pages, fliers for community events, reviews of nearby spots on Yelp (Jacksonville has a very active Yelp community), search Youtube videos or have your agent check it out for you.
Are you weak in the knees for a new home or happily committed to the one you’re in?
Falling in love with your home isn’t unheard of; especially during the house hunting phase. In a nod to Valentine’s Day, Realtor.com conducted a survey of how many homeowners admit to falling head-over-heels for a house. In the end, 69 percent of the respondents admitted to having a “home crush.”
If you find yourself drawn to the same house again and again, you might have been bitten by the love bug too. What is house hunting than a metaphor for dating anyway? You search based on what you find attractive, preview it to check for compatibility and transition from just a crush to full-on love.
Thinking about buying a house or condo in Jacksonville? Whether you're ready to start spending weekends at open houses, are going to wait a few more months, or need to move in the next few weeks, here are some tried-and-true tips for getting the most out of your house hunting experience in the Bold City.
Don't count anything out...
Jacksonville has tons of great areas to choose from with communities ranging from laidback beach towns to hip downtown highrises. Although you may have a particular area in mind, don't immediately count out a similar community that might better fit your style or budget.
Take a tour of a couple different communities before focusing solely on just one area, and you just might find a gem of a new home where you never thought to look before. If you're new to the area, consult your real estate agent to learn more about different neighborhoods and communities in Jacksonville.