Buying a Home in Charleston?
Don't forget to consider these factors as you search!
Buying a home—whether you're a first-timer or a repeat buyer—can be both exciting and overwhelming. At this point, you've probably considered some basic factors throughout your search, like local schools, commute times, and particular neighborhoods as a whole. But if you truly want to find a home that's custom-tailored to your needs, we have a few tips that can help you meet your match!
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First, Examine the Basics:
Nobody wants to spend all day going to and from work. Your commute should play a big role in your home search.
Distance to school
If you have kids, check to see which schools they'll be attending. It's also a good idea to look at bus routes or how long it'll take them to get to school.
If local parks, shopping, restaurants, or other everyday conveniences are important to you, search for homes that are close to your favorite spots.
Your agent can recommend a neighborhood that has the right locale and amenities. Be sure to ask if there's an HOA or any extra fees.
How will you get around after you move? Take a look at a map and pinpoint major roads, highways, and public transportation.
Always consider other important factors, such as how close you'll be to the nearest hospital, airport, grocery store, or other major conveniences.
How to Take Your Search to the Next Level
Drive by during multiple times of the day
When you initially tour a home, you'll probably be seeing it during the day—but what will the area seem like at night, during the week, or on the weekend? If you're really invested in a specific property or neighborhood, try driving by during different times of the day and week to get the full picture. It's the best way to get to know the real locale and maybe even meet some neighbors.
Consider what the future holds
Homes and neighborhoods change over time, so it's crucial to find out what your new community will look like a few years down the line. You and your agent can do a little research on the area to find out if a potential home will be a good long-term investment. Some development—like a nearby shopping complex or school—can be a great perk. However, a new highway behind your backyard could decrease your resale value and cause some headaches.
Take a look at utilities and taxes
Everyone has to pay electric, water, and other utility bills, but it's still worth taking a closer look at who your providers will be. For example, if you're looking for a community that's wired for high-speed internet, be sure to tell your agent—they'll help you narrow down potential neighborhoods.
Taxes also play a big role in a home's affordability. Taxes vary on a town-by-town basis, and your agent can find a place that fits into your budget.
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Make a budget-friendly long-term investment
Only looking at active listings in a certain area can actually hinder your home search. By viewing sold listings, you'll get an accurate idea of a home's true market value, and you can also see if properties are selling above or below your budget. We'd be happy to send a few free neighborhood reports your way—just tell us where you're looking to buy, and we'll handle the rest.
Buying a Home in Charleston?
Buying a home in Charleston doesn't have to be a challenge if you work with the right agent. No matter where you are in your search, you can trust RARE Charleston to help you every step of the way. Just give us a call to get started, or take a look at the resources below for even more information! We look forward to making your move a breeze.