Edwardsville IL Homes for Sale and Real Estate : Where Do You Want to Live? Focus on the Neighborhood.

Where Do You Want to Live? Focus on the Neighborhood.

Focus on Homes for Sale in Edwardsville ILI've been working for longer than I care to admit with a wonderful family whose goal is to move up into a new home in the Edwardsville School District.

As sometimes happens, one partner has a list of needs and wants that only partially intersects with the other partner's list. That has made finding the right house a little more challenging. Not impossible. Just challenging.

Ultimately I decided to take them to a neighborhood they had rejected in the home search process. The homes were a little older than they said they wanted and there were not as many in-home updates as they would have liked, but I felt that this neighborhood -- tucked away from sight but close to everything including shopping, dining, Edwardsville High School and in a great spot for commuting -- might just fit the needs of both decision makers.

They have now decided that this neighborhood is exactly what they were looking for -- mature trees, nice-sized yards, pool, tennis courts, acres and acres of common land and it's in the perfect location.  Now that they have focused on the neighborhood, they can wait for the right house to come on the market at the right price. And it's just a matter of time before it will. (We've even made some inquiries about homes that are not currently for sale.)

I have talked with other buyers recently who've told me that they don't have a strong geographic preference about where they'd like to live. In fact, they want to search for homes from the southern tip of St. Clair County to the Northern tip of Madison County here in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs -- a distance of about 50 miles as the crow flies. Forget about neighborhoods -- they haven't even picked a town.

My reaction to that?  Focus.

I will help you find the right house, but first you need to think about where you really want to live. Each city, town and village in this area has its own character, history, schools, amenities. Do you want to be closer to relatives or farther from them? Do you need to be near a child's friends? Would you like to have an easy commute to and from your workplace? Think about your life and how you want to live it. Once that's clearly in focus, the homebuying process will become easier and much more fun.

The lesson?  Decide where and how you want to live. Then finding the right house will come into clearly into focus.

Enjoy life in the (618) area code in Southwestern Illinois, St. Louis' Illinois suburbs. SEARCH FOR HOMES HERE.



I help good people buy and sell good homes in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs, with special emphasis on the Metro East communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Collinsville, Troy and surrounding areas in Madison County, Illinois.

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REMAX Preferred Partners is located at One 157 Center, Edwardsville, IL 62025, 618-791-8007 (direct) 618-655-1188 (office). We're easy to find on IL-157 in Edwardsville between Pasta House Co. and Shenanigans. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Comment balloon 7 commentsNancy Milton Holtzscher • July 26 2011 08:17AM


I tell everyone you need to pick a neighborhood before you pick the house. Most important, you need to decide on a lifestyle. Finding a house is the easy part after that.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 8 years ago

It is a challenge deciding where to buy that new home. You are correct - focus on the neighborhood first and the house will be found eventually!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Jill -- Thanks so much for the point about lifestyle -- that's a great way to phrase it.

Gary -- It was like a revelation to me when I realized people weren't thinking this far ahead. Thanks!

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) almost 8 years ago

Where you live, the surroundings as important as the real estate sticks and bricks for sure. But sounds like that may be wavering, waffling in the wind with some buyers. Pin the tail on the property neighborhood time (getting out blindfolds).

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Jill,

Absolutely, focus on the neigborhood first, and the rest will follow.  Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

Posted by Bill Richey (Lisa Von Domek & Associates / Real Living Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Nancy. What a terrific post! You have accurately touched upon the key issue in any search, Location as it relates to lifestyle. Well written and targeted.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 8 years ago

Good Morning Jill- I find so many buyers who call are still looking for a deal! Searching Online they can find the best deal on paper,updated and in amazing condition. The question is, is it in a neighborhood where you would be happy once you moved in? You are correct, it is our job to help home buyers to focus. Buying a home shouldn't be done on looks alone. I always coach homebuyers, that buying a home it is very much like finding a partner in life. Focus and seek out what you really need and someone a home that will make you happy. Don't base your decision on looks alone.

Posted by Peggy James, Woodbridge Virginia Area Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates) almost 8 years ago

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