Cove Real Estate

Posted by Cove Real Estate on 9/22/2017

Many Americans imagine a specific type of house when they think about the place where they want to spend their adult years, perhaps even raise a family. It could be a one level rancher, a duplex or townhouse or a single home that's built on several acres of open land.

Housing preferences start early and may be hard to change

People even visualize amenities and room types that they want in a house. For some, only an open floor plan is acceptable. Other people prefer a home that has lots of doors. It's the latter multi-door structure that may draw up warm feelings of safety, comfort and care that a person felt when he was a child living at home with his parents in a traditionally structured house.

These warm feelings of safety, comfort and care can be hard to relinquish. They could indicate that housing preferences are formed during childhood. Should this be the case and an adult has yet to work through one or more deep childhood issues, it could be hard for this person to open up to the idea of living in a house that doesn't resemble the house that he grew up in.

But, as with any house, childhood homes had challenges. Parents simply may not have discovered those housing challenges with their children, especially considering that children probably did not have the resources at the time to do anything about the challenges. Lack of knowledge about the challenges could have left some people with the impression that the house they grew up in was a great home when, in fact, it may not have been.

Before you know it, when adults start the house hunting process, they could be fixated on a certain type of house. Living in a certain type of house could be so important to some people that they not only refuse to consider buying a different house, these people could also lose sight of how important neighbors are when it comes to enjoying a home.

Focusing on a house alone could be a backward approach

Focusing on a house alone could create blind spots. For example, while attending open houses or driving by houses with "for sale" signs posted in their front yards, house hunters could ignore the fact that they hear loud music playing the entire hour that they are in the neighborhood.

Other neighborhood happenings that might be in plain sight but get ignored include litter in neighboring yards, tall grass, a vacant building, unleashed pets or a multitude of cars parked in front of one or more neighbors' houses. The parked cars aren't a problem on major holidays. But, let one or more neighbors have cars parked in front of the house year round and it could create limited parking choices, long walks from your vehicle home or that a neighbor is operating a business that encroaches on other neighbors' lives outside her home.

Of all neighbor regrets, the litigious neighbor might top the list. Buy a house in a neighborhood where a neighbor is addicted to dragging people in and out of civil court and the house buy could prove emotionally, psychologically and financially costly. It's this price that can easily trump a house's layout,amenities and structure, even if the house meets childhood and adult living arrangement dreams.

Therefore, it's smart to enter the house buying process with your eyes wide open. Eliminate blind spots and pay attention to what's going on in the neighborhood you're thinking about buying a house in. After all, your future neighbors are going to influence your overall perception of your home.

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