Perfect House or Perfect Community? First Time Home-Buyer in Westchester County

Jennifer Y. Ross
Published on February 6, 2016

Perfect House or Perfect Community? First Time Home-Buyer in Westchester County

Perfect Home or Perfect Community?

First Time Home-buyer in Westchester or Fairfield County

Is it the house?  Is it the community?  

A common question for first time homebuyers is how to hone in on what is important in a home search.  For some first time buyers, aspects of a particular community are paramount and they are willing to sacrifice on certain features of a home to get into their preferred community.  For other buyers, finding their dream home is more important than living in a specific community.  They may hope to find a fully renovated, move-in ready home with custom features and may expand their search to include a larger set of towns in order to find a home that fits their criteria.

If the community is the largest consideration, it is important to find a home that meets enough of your criteria and may either serve as a great starter home or a home that can be enhanced over time.  For first time homebuyers that value living in a specific town or community, a home that may be in need of updating may be appealing.  It may be easier to stretch the budget to get into a popular locale if buyers are willing to put in the effort, time and money to update and improve over time.

In deciding on what is most important, house or community, answer these questions to see what will drive your search:

How long do you plan to stay in your first home?

Is there room to expand?

Would you prefer renovating or upgrading to a larger home?

What is your ideal commute?

Do you value the walkability factor?

Is a large backyard on your list of must-haves?

Do you prefer a smaller home in need of updating in a specific community over a home with all of the bells and whistles in another town?

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Grew Up Here. I Live Here. I Sell Homes Here.

Hi, I’m Jennifer Y. Ross, a licensed real estate salesperson and your Westchester County NY real estate community and home expert.  I grew up here.  I live here. I work here.  To learn more about how I help my clients check out my bio video – video link.

Just like you I was considering a move to Westchester County not too long ago.  I was very likely in your shoes – living in NYC and starting to outgrow my current living situation.

If you are ready to start exploring Westchester Communities and Homes, your first stop should be a Platinum Drive Realty Luxury Tour – link to learn more.

Contact me to schedule your suburban safari today! – link to schedule tour.

Areas of Expertise:

Larchmont Real Estate, Mamaroneck Real Estate, Rye Real Estate, Rye Neck Real Estate, Purchase Real Estate, Harrison Real Estate, New Rochelle Real Estate, Pelham Real Estate and Bronxville Real Estate.

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