When beginning your home search, there are many factors to consider. One thought that is consistently top-of-mind for many buyers is location.
“A lot of buyers come to us, either from the area or out-of-town, wondering what area is the best for them to buy in,” says Drew Woolcott, broker of record, Re/Max Escarpment Woolcott Realty Inc. “The fact is each buyer is different and no one neighbourhood works for each buyer as they are all in different stages of life.”
Woolcott recommends buyers sit down and write out the features that are necessary and work with their real estate agent to determine which neighbourhoods meet their criteria most closely.
Below are a few of Woolcott’s top items for buyers to consider when selecting their dream home location:
Family Friendliness: “Many buyers often begin their search when they’re recently married or thinking about children,” says Woolcott. He recommends looking into available parks, what schools are in the area and public transportation.
Walk Score: A Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. If being able to talk to get coffee, go to the gym or pick up groceries by foot is important to you, select an address with a high walk score. Walk Scores for all Canadian addresses can be found at www.walkscore.com.
Amenities: “We tend to see buyer’s forget about the importance of having amenities nearby,” says Woolcott. “It’s often once they move in that they begin looking for the closest library or grocery store, only then realizing it may not be as close as they’d like.”
If you are planning on buying this fall, call the Woolcott Team today at 905-332-9223 to learn more on how to find your dream home location!