When you decide to get serious about purchasing your next home you want to make sure you have a clear idea of what you are looking for in a property. Your time is important, therefore below you will find a list of crucial questions to answer before starting your Charlotte home buyer journey. A good realtor will have you answer these questions before the home hunt begins so that he or she can be sure to show you only properties that fit as close to your needs as possible.. Nothing is more frustrating for a client than when they feel that house after house misses the mark. You can call an Uber for that…. a good realtor is in the business to find that “perfect” house for you.
What is more important for you: Charlotte area location or size of home?
Keep in mind that the closer you get to the more centralized areas of Charlotte, especially closer to the city, the likely hood of a higher price tag and smaller square footage go hand in hand. If you are willing to sacrifice a longer commute for more space, Charlotte has many beautiful suburbs that are less than a thirty minute drive to uptown such as Huntersville, Matthews, the University area and more.
What amenities are preferred in your new neighborhood?
Keep in mind you know best how you and your family like to spend your time. Do you and your wife prefer to golf on the weekends? Is a neighborhood playground essential? Would you miss having your local tennis courts close? These are all things to ask yourself when looking at areas around Charlotte. Although many new communities have these and more to choose from, if you are looking for older, more established neighborhoods it’s best to let your realtor know which amenities are a must to have close. If you are looking for both prime Charlotte location as well as a premier facility for recreation, I recommend looking into the Olde Providence neighborhood, which is home to the impressive and rich in tradition, Olde Providence Racquet Club.
What are your MUST HAVE NON-NEGOTIABLE’S in a property?
Everyone has their list- the non-negotiable, must have, can’t live without elements for their new home. Make sure you have discussed these items prior to meeting with your realtor so that they can quickly narrow down properties for you. Also be sure that these items have been discussed with any other parties that will be signing on the dotted line with you. Often times once one party has their heart set on a new home, it can create strife during the buying process if these non-negotiables have not been discussed prior to house hunting.
Do you REALLY want a fixer-upper?
Nothing can be more satisfying than buying that diamond in the rough and turning it into the gem of the neighborhood. However with the popularity of reality television shows like Fixer-Upper and Renovation Realities, some clients may underestimate the complete process of remodeling a property. Are you willing to work with contractors, building codes, and more to finish your project? Do you have a realistic time line for completing your home? Do you have a monetary cushion for issues that may “pop” up? These are all questions to ask yourself before buying a fixer- upper. However, the appreciation of a renovated home can be a very lucrative equity project if you are ready to take the leap. If you are ready to purchase a fixer-upper give me a call, I always have great investment properties in the Charlotte area.