If you’re a first-time homebuyer, chances are you’ve spent countless hours researching to narrow in on your soon-to-be hometown. According to Zillow, there are five major aspects to consider when searching for the perfect neighborhood: 1) Affordability, 2) Neighborhood type, 3) School district, 4) What’s next door – or could be, and 5) Holdability.

Affordability – Before even stepping foot in a model home, you’ll need to sit down and determine your price range. Getting pre-approved by a bank or mortgage lender is also recommended before you begin your search.  Here at Van Metre Homes, we offer financing with our preferred lender.  Best of all, our single-family homes in The Chase, The Springs and The Green, as well as our new townhomes at Arcadia Fieldstone, are perfectly priced to cater to the first-time homebuyer.

Neighborhood Type – While there’s no right or wrong neighborhood type by general standards, there is a right and wrong type for you! Do you want to be in an urban setting or do you prefer suburban or rural? Also consider what your weekend and recreational activities might include.  Will your future neighborhood provide you venues to thoroughly enjoy your lifestyle? These are things that must be considered before making an investment as permanent as buying a home.  The communities served by Van Metre Homes are ideal for those searching for a town with the perfect mix of suburban values and rural charm.

School District – For many first-time homebuyers, starting a family isn’t too far away in the future, that is if you haven’t started one already! While zeroing in on your top locations, be sure to check out the local school’s rating.  A solid school district is worth it!

What’s next door – or could be – Zillow highly recommends considering what is next door to the property you buy.  It would also be wise to check out what’s being built in town in the coming years.  In the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, as well as Winchester and Stephens City in Virginia, stunning new homes are met with farm settings and friendly neighbors.  These communities will continue to be developed, bringing even more fun families to the neighborhood! 

Holdability – Lastly, it’s important to consider how long you plan on living in your new home. If you can still see yourself in your home in seven years, then you may have found ‘the one’!

There you have it!  First-time homebuyers with Van Metre Homes will find all they’re looking for and so much more with our stunning new homes and townhomes. Take a look at The ChaseArcadia SpringsArcadia Fieldstone and The Green to get a better idea of what all these incredible communities offer!

Source: Zillow