Selecting a Home for Purchase

John Constantinides serves as manager of eBridgeBuilder, a real estate sales group based in Franklin Square, New York. Before accepting his current position, John Constantinides established himself as an award-winning loan originator with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

When deciding to purchase a home, an individual or family must first decide on the size, type, and amenities that best meet present needs. For example, a growing family may need to upgrade from two to three bedrooms, while an elderly couple may seek a home with fewer stairs. Surveys show that many families actively seek a home with amenities like central heating and air-conditioning, yet different people will prioritize different elements. Home buyers should make a list of not only the features they desire but those that are must-haves.

Home buyers should also consider neighborhood features. Families with children may require a neighborhood near a particular school, while non-drivers may need to be close to work or public transportation. Similarly, buyers should consider whether they are open to condominiums and other homes in communities that offer paid services like snow removal and landscaping.

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