Thursday, April 12, 2012

Buying a Home that Fits Your Lifestyle

With the US economy beginning to come back from the hardships which began in 2008, there are a number of luxurious large homes now available for purchase at reduced prices.  However, just because there are bigger homes out there doesn’t necessarily mean that buying one is the right choice for you and your family.  The best way to go is to buy a home that fits your lifestyle and your budget in a comfortable way.

Bear in mind things like household maintenance.  Homes need to be repainted, carpets need to be cleaned, windows washed, and yards maintained.  It is all a matter of sizing up your budget and analyzing the costs/benefits of the home you choose to buy.  There are a number of people who enjoy DIY projects and gardening.  If that is the case, then a home with a larger yard or one which requires a certain degree of fixing up may be the right choice.  If you are a family who spends lots of time outside of the house, then a home with easier maintenance may be what works best for you.

Another consideration is the tax rate. If you choose to live in a county which has adjusted its property tax values down to better match market values, then the tax base may be fine.  Just bear in mind that low prices do not last forever.  There will come a time when tax rates will begin to climb along with property values, so plan accordingly.

Buying a home that is ‘just right’ for you, your family, and your lifestyle is always an exciting endeavor.  By staying within your budget and finding a comfortable home, you may even find that you have some spare change in the family budget for something like a family vacation or some recreational toys.

I pull out all the stops to sell your home.
Lonnie Snyder
Keller Williams Realty Southeast Sound
Phone:  206-406-2710   
Lonnie Snyder is a full time real estate agent and REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty specializing in Residential Real Estate for buyers and sellers in Washington's Kent, Renton, Newcastle and South Bellevue.

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