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We found a house at the right price, everything was perfect! Location, easy access to freeway, neighborhood and the homes around us were well kept. Yes, it was a little outdated but it was move in ready and we could have made the changes in time. Our offer got in too late (seller just accepted offer and opening escrow) but its on back up. We found another home, $15k more, still in the same zip code, updated with nice finishes and bigger too. The price is great But my only problem is its location culdesac off a busy street (you can't here the noise though) and a little further from freeway but I pictured my first home in a quieter and quint neighborhood. How do I know when it's the right home. I like everything except the location, help???!!
  • August 17 2013 - San Diego
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I hate to say this but "location" is the one thing....you can never change about a property.
On the other hand..I have lived on busy streets before and I was never bothered by it. This was before the age of "dual and triple pane windows" that will cut most of the noise indoors.
It's not easy to find the perfect place, with absolute no drawbacks so if you really like the neighborhood and the house and the price is right it does have a lot going for it already.
  • August 17 2013
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The busy street will hurt your value in long term and possibly bother you in the future. If you have thoughts about it now, you will have them in the future as well! Just wait for the perfect home to come up and don't rush, it's a big decision and investment, you want to do the right one on it!
  • October 23 2013
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Just curious, did you make your decision as to which home to go with?
  • October 04 2013
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Location is definitely key, but one thing you mentioned is that this 2nd choice property is in a cul-de-sac. Cul-de-sac's are desirable, and although it may be in a busier location than your top choice property, at least this isn't a through street, which eliminates traffic. You don't want to settle, but as previously mentioned, you usually won't find the perfect perfect house. However, you usually will get the warm fuzzy feelings if you have that perfect house mentality in mind, and you find the right one, compromises needed or not. Basically, I don't think you can go wrong w/a cul-de-sac location, however if something is telling you it's just not "right", move on :)
  • October 01 2013
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I lived on a busy street and let me tell you.  Unless you work at 3am....you won't even hear the noise.   

Might be cheaper to buy dual or triple pane windows, then fixing up the other place.

Inventory is increasing right now as we speak.  You could hold off for a minute and see what else comes up....possible get a better price.
  • August 17 2013
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i would go with the one that has the location you prefer. You can chage the rest as time goes on.

Good luck with your home search!
  • August 17 2013
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Location is key. You can't change it, but things you thought might bother you, might end up going unnoticed. Visit it again during rush hour and a Saturday, when people are out and about.

I've heard of buyers going for nicely updated homes, just to find they can't get out of their driveways in the morning because of school traffic, for example. A lot of agents won't  bring negative features up, so talk to the neighbors. Location will never change. And homes in more desirable locations hold value better.

Good luck to you!

Warm Regards,

Cory La Scala, REALTOR
Independence Realty
Lic # 01443391
  • August 17 2013
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Curb appeal isn't the only consideration.  Location really is something you can't change. 

My advice...become familiar with the current inventory of homes in the location and price range you want.  You will feel more comfortable when you see the home you want, but don't wait for the perfect home.  The most unhappy buyers watch opportunity after opportunity pass...then wonder why someone else found such a great buy. 

Be an informed buyer, use a great agent...but when the time comes...don't watch as opportunities are lost.    

  • August 17 2013
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You can change everything about the house, interior and exterior.  The only thing you cannot change is the location.  You will know it's the right home when you have no doubts in your mind.
  • August 17 2013
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