I'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.
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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.