Home Buying for Couples without Kids

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Buying a house is nothing like buying a car. Not only does it cost more, you probably won’t be trading it up every five years or so, the way many people do with their vehicles. That’s why the house you buy today should not only cater to your current needs but your future ones as well.
This maxim is especially true for couples who presently don’t have kids, but would like to have them in the future. If you’re looking for a house now, keep these child-centric considerations in mind:
In most cases, the smaller the home, the smaller the price tag. However, it might pay to get a bigger, albeit slightly more expensive, home today if kids are in the cards. Buying a roomier house now spares you from the headache of house hunting in the future with a baby or toddler in tow.
When you’re happily married with no kids, the perfect home is one near restaurants, bars and other nightlife hubs. When you become parents, though, your priorities change, and you’ll want a home in a very safe, kid-friendly neighborhood.

It won’t be long until your kids will be out of their diapers and into a school uniform. So before you purchase a home, check if it belongs to a good school district. Also, homes near reputable schools often have higher market values—something you’ll appreciate if you eventually decide to sell your home.


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