Are you on the hunt for your first home here in Maryland, or perhaps thinking about an upgrade now that the kids are growing up? Whatever the case, you should know that there’s more to buying a home than choosing the correct number of bedrooms and the right size of yard. Your home will be the foundation of your lifestyle, and choosing the right one means getting far more enjoyment out of your life. Let’s take a look at a few tips for how to buy the lifestyle and not just a piece of real estate.
Ask Yourself: What Do You Truly Enjoy?
Do you enjoy starting your day off with a morning run along the river and spending weekends relaxing in a park with the family and your dog? Or perhaps you’re a single young professional who is more interested in living in a bustling downtown core, eating out at restaurants on a regular basis and enjoying the cultural and social scene. In order to buy the lifestyle, you’ll need to think about what you truly enjoy. Consider how you spend your evenings, weekends and vacation time as you’ll want to purchase a home as close to your favorite recreational activities as possible.
Minimize Your Commute as Much as Possible
Very few would argue that commuting can add quite a bit of stress to your life, so the closer you can live to your workplace without sacrificing your lifestyle, the better. If you’re working in the I-270 Technology Corridor, take a look at properties in Gaithersburg, Rockville and Bethesda to see if you can find something nearby. The less time you spend commuting, the more time you’ll have for other more enjoyable activities.
Quality Education Opportunities for the Kids
Do you have school-age children? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that Montgomery County features some of the highest-rated public schools in the country. In a city like Rockville, you’ll have your choice of eighteen elementary schools and ten middle or high schools, ensuring that no matter where in the area you live your children will have quality education within walking distance.
Consider the Not-So-Distant Future
Finally it’s worth noting that you should be thinking five or even ten years into the future when you purchase a new home. Are you thinking about retiring soon? Do you plan on spending more and more time on the golf course, or playing tennis and enjoying the company of friends at the country club? Many a buyer has regretted being a bit too short-sighted in their purchasing decision, so take a few minutes to ponder what the future looks like and how you plan on spending your time.
When you’re ready to learn more about the Maryland lifestyle and to explore real estate opportunities that fit your needs, we’re ready to help. Contact The Speicher Group & RE/MAX Realty Centre at your convenience at 301-710-9920 or by email on our contact us page.