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Making the choice between two homes

Some individuals who are buying a home worry that they won't find their dream house. However, many may not know how to proceed when they have fallen in love with two properties. Making the decision between two houses can be difficult when they both feature affordability, space and great features. To avoid feeling buyer's remorse after purchasing a home, there are a few factors consumers may consider when making their choice.

Neighborhood amenities

If both homes are perfectly suited to meet a buyer's needs, it may make sense to go outside the house itself for more insight. When individuals move into a new house, they are not simply moving to a new home, but also a new neighborhood. For this reason, compare the communities the two homes are located in to determine which one is a better fit, according to the National Association of Realtors. There are several factors buyers should consider, such as proximity to their offices, how the school systems compare with surrounding areas and the crime rates of the neighborhood.

It can also be helpful to meet some of the neighbors and ask about their experiences living in the area. Polls and statistics can tell buyer a great deal about a community, but speaking with the locals allows consumers to both learn more about the culture of the area and introduce themselves to their prospective new neighbors.

Future value


In many cases, a homeowner may have goals that drive what type of home they are seeking out. For example, some may be looking for a starter house while others are seeking out a property they can retire in. It can be helpful to examine prospective houses against those in the neighborhood. If buyers are planning to sell their home within a few year and other houses in the area are depreciating in real estate value, this may influence their decision. On the flip side, properties in some areas may be appreciating in value, which can be beneficial to a buyer's long-term goals.

In addition, owners who are comparing the prices of two homes may want to speak with their real estate agent about whether there is room for negotiations with the sellers of the two properties. If money is the deciding factor, buyers may find that they will get a better price with one seller over the other.

About Coldwell Banker®

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate. Coldwell Banker is the oldest national real estate brand in the United States and today has a network of approximately 83,000 sales agents working in approximately 3,100 offices in 50 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand to create an iPad application and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. The Coldwell Banker system is a leader in specialty markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.
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