Location, location, location! That’s something you often hear when you start looking for homes in the North Metro Denver area. But what do people really mean by that? Location is often the thing that makes or breaks whether you are going to love your new home or not. If you find your absolute dream home, but it’s not in the right location, it might not be your dream home… But how do you go about deciding on a location when buying your home? Here are the things that I have found are most important to buyers, although everyone prioritizes them differently!

Proximity to Your Favorite Amenities

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Depending on your family and your needs you might want to be close to certain amenities for your convenience. If you find your perfect home but it’s a 45 minute drive to your preferred grocery store, that might get frustrating. Most people tend to have their favorite restaurants, shopping areas, gym or even friends and family they want to be close to. If you have children that participate in afterschool activities it might be nice to be close to the school, soccer fields or dance studio they practice at. Some buyers want walkability while others are okay with a 5-10 minute drive. This is entirely your preference, but be sure to talk it over with your spouse or children and see how everyone feels about it!

Convenience of Getting Around

This sounds very similar to being close to your favorite places, but it’s not quite the same. No one wants to spend the majority of the day driving just to get anywhere. Take a look at what your commute to work might be like. Don’t just look at the distance in miles but check what the traffic is like on an average day. How easy is it to get onto major roads to get around? Consider the distance you will regularly have to travel when deciding on a location when buying a home in the North Metro Denver area.

School District

If you are a homebuyer with school-age children then school district can be essential in choosing a location for your new home in the North Metro Denver area. Your real estate agent should be able to help you find the resources for information on school districts and the quality of the schools. The internet is your friend when it comes to doing research like this! Sending your children to a private school is always an option if you have decided on an unfavorable school district, but this could be expensive and involve a lot of commuting for you and the kids.

Budget

Some neighborhoods in the North Metro Denver area are more expensive than others and so it’s important to keep your budget in mind. Make sure to take property taxes into account when doing your calculations as well! These can vary greatly for different areas. Your real estate agent should be very aware of your budget so that they can help you make good choices and give you recommendations. They might know areas and neighborhoods you’ve not thought of yet.

Development

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Buying a home in a brand-new subdivision can be fantastic for some families. The ability to build your home from the ground up and customize the home to your liking is amazing. But keep in mind that you won’t be the only one building in that area… You might have to deal with years of construction around you. As the neighborhood continues to grow you might also see the development of schools, malls or hospitals. In certain cases these can affect property values. It’s a good idea to discuss the possibility of new developments in your area with your real estate agent and get their input.

Is there room to grow or shrink?

Most of my buyers are looking to buy a home because they plan to stay there for a while. So it’s important to think about your future when deciding on a location when buying a home. Think about what you want and what you hope for. No one has a crystal ball, but if you plan to have more children or know your children are leaving home in a few years, these are things to keep in mind. You will want to find a location that fits the size of home you need now and in the future. A neighborhood with a lot of townhomes or condos might not give you room to expand if you want your kids to grow up with a backyard. Looking to downsize later in a neighborhood with large Single Family Homes might also be difficult. Talk to your real estate agent about what you want now and what you expect to happen in the future. They will be able to guide you and help find a location that’s right for you!

How Can I Help You?

I hope this article has shown you that I am a knowledgeable and very honest real estate agent who wants to help buyers and sellers. I want to provide my clients with interesting and up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions. If you think that my expertise and positive attitude might be of service to you don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me!

Christina Kern
Associate Broker
Residential Home Specialist & Global Luxury Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage North Metro Office
(303) 915-0809
cksells@gmail.com