So maybe you’re getting ready to start researching the internet for your dream home. Perhaps you’re a first-time home buyer, it won’t be your “forever” home, but you know what you need to do, to get there … or maybe you’re a move-up buyer, looking to purchase a larger space (where you might have to list your home, to buy the next one) … or simply you just want a home in a new location (whether for need or relocation).
So not too long ago, I thought Steve O and I did a pretty awesome video on what buyers should look for when researching their next neighborhood at it was featured on the international Coldwell Banker website.
It’s not always about the data that everyone can find. It’s also the workings of the neighborhood at different times of day, knowing what’s important to you in your daily life and how quickly you can access those items when you need to or in regards to your schedule.
Questions About this Property? Let us know 🙂 Listing Agent Steve Ostrom – 916-308-2446 – Homes@RosevilleAndRocklin.com
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Adorable, single-story Roseville home in a home centrally located to local shopping, nearby city parks and trails, and outdoor activities and dining. When you arrive at the home, there’s a nice curb appeal to the home. And the area is full of life and activity. Inside the home, it feels fresh, open, bright, and inviting (PLUS you’ll love the newer flooring in the main living area).
Many parts of the home (interior and exterior) have been repainted in the past year.
The Master bedroom is a nice size with walk-in closet, with views of the backyard.
One of the seller’s favorite features is the bright and cheery nature of the home, as well as the open feeling Kitchen area with the views of the backyard when you’re preparing a meal.
More great features: plenty of garage space (and newer garage door hardware).
Backyard: two gated dog-runs (great for four-legged buddies).
Area features: park around corner, quick access for commuters, nearby shopping + dining, + nearby are some great city trails.
Nearby Schools: (buyer to verify school zoning): Buljan Middle School and Catheryn Gates Elementary
Some Updates to the Home (direct from owner):
Flooring Updated (this year)
Dishwasher (replaced last year)
Newer towelracks in bathrooms
Newer front door/garage door hardware
Fresh paint on: front door/front shutters/garage door trim/front gutters
Have you been debating if you’re going to move up to the “apartment in the sky George Jefferson” or are you going to make your home the place you always dreamed to live in?
Hard questions for many of us to answer. Do you go out and find the perfect home or do you create your “nest” to reflect your perfect world? Well, what I would suggest starting with making lists of the pros and cons of what’s the best route for your situation.
Do you love your current home and neighborhood?
Have you been looking for an opportunity to change school districts or move to another neighborhood? Maybe a cul-de-sac location is your dream situation, or perhaps more land to stretch on or maybe a lower-maintenance yard?
Will you be “over-building” for your neighborhood (with a remodel)?
Will you be selling in the near future due to needs of a downsize or more space? Important to ask if you’re trying to get return on your upgrade or remodel.
Draw up the costs of that pool you have been dreaming of, or that must-have upgrade you have always wanted (example kitchen, or master bedroom, etc). Get quotes for your upgrades. Concrete items for your budget.
Are you in a two-story and you’re starting to think of the future and a one-level home, or need that first floor full bedroom and bath? Are monthly bills fitting into your future budget?
Do you know the values of your neighborhood and current value of your home model (no, not your Zestimate)? We can help you here. Just let us know.
Your ‘target’ neighborhood – do you know what the going prices are going for, with what size of home you might need that will fit your budget? (including Mello Roos / taxes, utility group fees, etc)
Life is not always perfect and not all of us have the means for change, or desire.Why not see what the options are for your improved life quality and daily life function in your home. In many cases, with this market, if you’re unhappy with the area you’re in, it might make sense to move-up into your “perfect home.”
For folks where expensive and costly remodels may NOT make sense and are NOT the solution. Example, a “move-up” buyer or maybe someone that might need to downsize in the near future. Get a second opinion on your choices for upgrades, particularly if you do have intention to sell soon. You might want to modify upgrades and remodels that are appealing to a larger group of folks, and perhaps not drain the life savings into a kitchen remodel if you might be moving (and hopefully find that perfect kitchen in another home).
Are you the Lexus amongst the lot of “Tow Maters?”
Are you at the top of the food chain with or without these upgrades already? Do your homework on your competition and be aware of pricing of that competition in the neighborhood and know how appraisals can affect buyers on your home. When it comes to selling time, you might find yourself frustrated that you didn’t consult an appraiser before making costly upgrades … and talk to a REALTOR, so you know what the values are in your neighborhood, tailored to your home.
One thing not addressed in the video by Steve O, are the folks that ARE perfect candidates for a remodel or home upgrade. Particularly if you love the area you are located. I know, some folks don’t mind the money invested if it means for their quality of life, enjoyment and for those that qualify for those comments – do it! If you’re blessed to live in your “FOREVER” home and do NOT want to move – and you are the perfect candidate for a remodel. What are you waiting for? Start requesting some quotes from a few licensed contractors and create the space you deserve. (and don’t forget to check with your state board with contractor licensing and bonding for remodeling, if applicable)