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What Do Homeowners Care About Most?

Posted in Home Ownership
June 25th 2015 by
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Quality of schools are moving further down the list when it comes to picking a new home.  In a survey of 2,000 Americans, 60% ranked school districts as important to the purchasing of their home.  But surprisingly more people ranked mobile service and hospitals as important.

What tops the rankings?

The survey conducted went more in depth into what home buyers rank as most important.  In the survey, things that ranked even more important than schools were: crime rates (96% of people surveyed), local taxes (90%), and amenities (84%). 76% ranked mobile service and hospitals as important.

One reason for ranking mobile service as more important is due to the fact that half of those included in the survey are currently experiencing issues with their mobile service where they are living now.

How to decide

When looking into buying a home, many buyers may want to look at sites such as, https://www.walkscore.com/ in order to see what is close to the house before buying it.  The site displays shops, schools, restaurants, and more, just by typing in the name of the city.

When looking to buy a home, it is important to base your decision on many important factors as it will be a place where you will most likely be staying for many years to come.  These factors include: employment, real estate value, proximity to what is important to you, climate, culture, commute, and size.

The 2014 best cities

In 2014, the 10 best cities to live in were:

  1. Virginia Beach, VA
  2. Lexington, KY
  3. Chesapeake, VA
  4. Scottsdale, AZ
  5. Lincoln, NE
  6. Pittsburgh, PA
  7. Henderson, NV
  8. Lubbock, TX
  9. Raleigh, NC
  10. Charlotte, NC

The quality of these cities was based on the ranking of: total for sale per capita, median days on the market, affordability, crime rate, school grade, and unemployment rate.

Keep in mind…

If you are one of the 45% of Americans surveyed who complain about mobile service or call quality in their home, visit check out the coverage map from RootMetrics.

Homes in better school districts cost more money and have lower foreclosure rates.  For many buyers, it is also important to live close to some sort of public transportation depending on the location.

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