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    New Parents: Buying a Family Home?

    Buying a Home for a New Family

    Starting a new family and buying a new home can be daunting tasks on their own respectively. But doing both at the same time, for some can be an overwhelming process. Where do you start? What do you look for when purchasing a new home that must not only meet your needs, but now must meet the needs of your new family? Should you plan to stay for a few years? And even if you plan on selling in a year – if you cannot sell for some reason—will this home work for your new family long term?

    Here are some important steps to take when taking your first steps into your new family home.

    A Professional and Personal Inspection

    The U.S. HUD portal suggests in their article 100 Questions & Answers About Buying A New Home that it’s important to be present at a both the professional inspection so that you may ask questions, but also to you do a very thorough personal walk-through—and most especially if you have a new family—consider the present and future. HUD calls this the ‘HUD Home Scorecard’.

    • Is there enough room for both the present and the future?
    • Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms?
    • Is the house structurally sound?
    • Do the mechanical systems and appliances work?
    • Is the yard big enough?

    Finding a Safe Neighborhood

    Do due diligence when researching the safety of the neighborhood if you intend to raise a family there. The house might be beautiful or the street might be picturesque, straight from a postcard, but are surrounding neighborhoods safe? Do a walk-through of the neighborhood both during the day and night. Also ask people and do research. There are reputable resources that rank safety yearly – see my article from 2013 Thousand Oaks Ranked 4th in Safety. As a resident of the Conejo Valley and a realtor in Westlake Village and its surrounding communities, I said in the feature:

    If you are considering buying a home in the city of Thousand Oaks, you should know that you will not only be living in one the safest areas of the country, but unlike some other communities which border somewhat sketchy neighborhoods, Thousand Oaks has as its neighboring cities, some California’s most affluent and often gated communities like Westlake Village, Calabasas and Agoura Hills.

    Good School Districts

    When buying a home, look at the school district both in around your area. If you end up buying a house, you may not stay in the actual neighborhood for years but it’s likely that you will stay in the area. Keeping that in mind, inspect the entire district. If you are just starting your family, prepare for a long term stay in the community even if you plan on selling in a year or two. For a good example of a great school district, see my article from earlier this year 2014-15 School Tours in the Conejo Valley. Conejo Valley has one of the best school districts in the country.

    If you are new to the area, planning on a buying a home in and around the Conejo Valley, or you want your children to attend school at any of these top ranked educational locales…

    A Local Realtor Who Lives and Thrives in the Community

    I am not only a Westlake Village realtor, but I live and thrive in this community – I care! So when you ask a question about the schools or homes in the area, I can answer you from my real life experience. Ask your realtor if they live in the community, do they have a family there, kids in school?

    If you are looking for a beautiful home in a good community in a safe neighborhood with good schools and great activity for the entire family, Conejo Valley is a great choice. For more information on any topic covered in this article or looking at homes for your new family, contact Lydia Gable today.

    Take your time and think carefully about each house you see. Ask your real estate agent to point out the pros and cons of each home from a professional standpoint:

    • Safety
    • School
    • Fun
    • Proximity to Thriving City for Work
    • A Trusted Real Estate Agent Who Knows the Area

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