Monday, November 29, 2010

A guide to being a for sale by owner buyer

Buying a house is a major investment so there are some things you want to watch for. It is likely that you have been out looking at a home to buy at one point or another in your lifetime. Maybe you purchased a home that you fell in love with, and now you are not as happy as you thought you would be. Here are a few simple things to keep that from happening again.
Examine the neighborhood . Does it look clean? Does it appear to be safe ? How are the yards kept? You take pride in your home and that includes the yard. If majority of the houses that will be around you have old junk cars in the yard, or trash piled up on the porch, chances are this is not the neighborhood you want to live in. Another main factor would be the crime rate. How often do you hear about this area on the news? You could always visit the local police department and inquire about the crime in the area.

The quality of the school district will be important for those that have children . You can talk to other parents that have children and see what their take is on it or you could get the names of the schools in that area and call and see what they have to say. Yard space is another big issue, especially when you have children. Is the yard close to a main street or highway? Is it fenced it? These are questions to keep in the back of your mind while house hunting, even with a for sale by owner home.

One thing you might want to deliberate about is what if you decide to resell years down the road. If the area seems to be up and coming, this would benefit you. If places are shutting down and disappearing, you may want to rethink the location. You don’t want to be stuck in something should you ever decide to move. All of these things can be covered even with a for sale by owner home.

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