Posted by Apex Home Loans ● March 12, 2013

3 Tips to Select the Right Home for Your Family

New Home With FamilyWhether you're searching for the perfect place to raise a famiy or are planning a move with your current family in tow, several factors will contribute to your decision. You will want to find a house with the right size and layout, that has a suitable number of bedrooms and bathrooms, is in an excellent neighborhood and has all of the local amenities your family will need. Here are three important factors to consider during your new home search:

1. Location

Location is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a place to raise your family. Evaluate the area where the property is located, asking yourself these questions:

  1. Is it close to a school that your kids can attend when they are old enough?
  2. Is there a playground where they can play with their friends?
  3. Are you near any convenient shopping areas or stores for picking up groceries?

2. Neighbors

Check out the neighborhood!  Spend some time walking around, chatting with residents, and learning about the surrounding area.  Meeting residents allows you to learn what they think is important about the area, and it can help you learn any downsides to living in the area. You may also want to evaluate the age range of residents: if there are mostly young families, then your children will likely have plenty of neighbors to play with as they grow up.

3. Affordability

You may think that spending as much as you can afford to get the most home possible is the best thing for your kids, but you might be wrong. In fact, you could end up stressed out from working too hard to make your mortgage payments and feel like you never get enough time to spend with your family. A better option is often to buy a more modest house that you can reasonably afford and have more time with your children.

How to Get Started

Choosing the right place to live is difficult. It might take a while to find the right house, but when you do, you will have a wonderful place to fill with love and memories, where your children can grow up in peace and happiness. If you've been seriously contemplating purchasing your first home, or possibly your next home, the best thing you can do is connect with a mortgage professional to determine your budget and get pre-approved. Why do you need to get pre-appoved? We're glad you asked- find out why it's so important by clicking below.

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Topics: New Home, Home Purchase, Family Home, Buying a Home, Buying home children considerations