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People generally invest more time in applying to colleges or purchasing a car than they do in preparing to buy their first home! So, here are a few tips/questions that will help guide you when making the largest financial purchase you will probably make in your lifetime - your home!
When searching for a home it's important to be honest with yourself and set your priorities accordingly. Does the character of your home matter or are you more into utility? How much does the community around your home matter to you?

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Then there's safety. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the neighborhood and surrounding areas you want to check out the safety of the neighborhood prior to purchasing - options to help you find out more include the following websites or apps:

●AreaVibes.com - helps you find the best place to live based on the factors you deem important.

●The Neighbors App by Ring -one of the newest neighborhood tools on the scene. Created by Ring (known for their doorbell cameras and Ring Alarm home security system), the app aims to be an online neighborhood watch program.

●NeighborhoodScout.com - provides crime statistics and other important local data to help you decide if a neighborhood is right for you.

●FamilyWatchdog.us - maps the addresses of registered sex offenders in your neighborhood.

●Crimereports.com - maps crime data from more than 1,000 participating law enforcement agencies...

Enter your Resources and accessibility is another thing that should be considered when buying a home. Do you want to be close to bars, restaurants, and downtown local shopping? Does that matter to you?

Transportation options - do you have a car, or will you be needing to be close to public transportation?

Enter Zoning and other housing restrictions should also be taken into consideration if you plan to complete additions or renovations to your home in the future. 

When reviewing these questions and options it's important to determine how long you plan on staying in the house. Your home-buying decisions may differ depending on a 3, 5 or 10 plus year horizon.

Then it's important to know your ideal house. Drive around and look at homes to see what you like best. Older homes offer more affordability and are often better built; compared to newer homes where corners can be cut. However, older homes do often have a lower resale value. your text here ...

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