- Is it important how close you are to...
- public transportation/highways/airport
- medical facilities
- coffee shops/restaurants
- recreation - parks, trails, workout centers, etc
- Are there specific neighborhoods you prefer? Why? What are you looking for in a neighborhood?
- What is important to you in your home setting? Why?
- Do you want to be in or near specific school systems? Why? Would you consider others? Open enrollment?
- Do you know if you want a house, townhouse, twin home, condo? Why do you prefer one over the other?
- What architectural style(s) of home do you prefer?
- Does it matter if your home is all on one level or multiple levels, handicap accessible... either to you or to the people who may visit you?
- Does the age of your home make a difference to you?
- How much repair/renovation would you be willing to do?
- Do you have any special needs that your home must meet?
Think of finding the right home for you as a process... starting broad and gradually narrowing to a more specific focus. This is a good time to get out and drive neighborhoods to get a sense of what locations and styles 'feel right'. You can completely transform a home, but you can't change the location... it is what it is. That's why location is so important.
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Twin Cities Buyer's Agent