McGuire Real Estate

Things to Look for Before Deciding to Buy That House

by Eun Young Lee 09/01/2019

Buying a new home is something to which a lot of people look forward. Although it involves a lot of planning, stress and negotiating, the sense of fulfillment that comes when you finally move in is always an extraordinary feeling. However, at the same time, buying a new home is more than just signing some papers and moving in. If you plan to stay in your new home for a long time, then you want to be sure about it.

  • First of all, the location is essential. You want to be sure that the house you pick is in a neighborhood that you will be comfortable living in. If you would rather live in a quiet community with gated houses and the works, then it means you have to avoid great homes in super urban places because it might not work for you. Or if you are an outdoor person, living in an apartment block close to the center of the city may not be for you. So before you make any decision, you might want to check out other streets around you and see the kind of vibe you sense. Drive around the neighborhood at different times of the day to discover how it changes throughout the day.
  • Check for any potential risks that could prove dangerous for you and your loved ones. Some homes are built in areas that are prone to floods, wildfires, or even earthquakes. You want to be informed and aware so that even if you decide to move, you would have taken the necessary precautions. Is the house prone to a termite infestation? Are there lots of snakes or bears around? These are questions you shouldn’t forget to ask.
  • Finally, learn to trust your guts about any home that you go to see. Pay attention to your first impressions as they are often quite correct. And not just first impressions but lasting impressions also. I am an advocate of coming back to check up the house again to be certain that you still feel the same way when you see it again. Homes are like shoes sometimes, and they may not just be the right fit for you. Learn to trust your intuitions and inner feelings about a piece of property; they are often entirely accurate.
About the Author
Author

Eun Young Lee

Eun Young “EY” Lee has been living in San Francisco for the last 17 years. Over those years she has fallen in love with this beautiful city, the great food, incredible parks and mild weather. She enjoys exploring San Francisco’s different neighborhoods and seeing the unique character of them all. This exploration of the City and its neighborhoods sparked her interest in real estate.

EY grew up in New Jersey and New York, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She has over 15 years of experience in market research and client services. Her success in the corporate world was derived from understanding her clients’ needs. This translates to a real estate agent who excels at assessing what each client wants and needs. This, combined with her knowledge of San Francisco, positions EY well to help clients find and sell their home by the Bay.

When not working, EY is an avid tennis player and can be found playing tennis throughout the city from Golden Gate Park to the Golden Gateway along the Embarcadero. She also enjoys making pottery at the Sharon Art Studio, skiing, and enjoying all the great food in the City and the Bay Area.