Picking Your Perfect Home...Family Edition

by Jennifer Herman Lloyd 05/02/2019

Picking The Perfect Home

Looking for the perfect place to call home for your Family? You’ve been checking the rankings and the latest lists in the various: “Best Cities to Live”, “Best Small Towns”, and “Top Ten Cities to Raise a Family”…BUT, I’m here to give you this little nugget of advice…The perfect location for someone else may NOT be the perfect home for YOU. So, before you chase someone else’s “dream”, let’s look at some of these considerations to help you create a more informed search:

Investigate And Think About What Is Important To You:

Do you value more space, better schools, a larger home? Perhaps you envision your perfect home having that proverbial “white picket fence”? Or maybe your ideal home is located in a town or city with easy walkability…It could be that you dream of a large backyard with room to host great neighborhood gatherings and parties? How about being near great schools or access to Museums and Sports facilities? What gives you a sense of “home”? Being near family or friends? These are all questions that are important to consider in making a decision and streamlining your search.

Consider What You Might Be Giving Up

Moving to the city might mean access to cultural events, a large selection of great restaurants, and/or a short work commute. On the other hand, the suburbs might offer that large home with a yard, parks, nature trails, and playgrounds, or even the perfect school. In either event, keep in mind that a move might take you away from friends and family, or it could give you the opportunity to be closer to family or discover a whole new circle of friends!

The "BIG" Question: Is It Family Friendly?

The criteria researchers use for determining a location's "family friendliness" typically include the following (and are also great guidelines for you to use as well!):

  • Job Market
  • Home Affordability
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Median Household Income
  • Percentage of Home Ownership
  • School Rankings
  • Crime Rates
  • Commuter Times and Delays

It's important to note that rankings can change yearly and even vary depending on the category, so don't just rely on the most recent reports to determine where you might want to live. My Advice: Check back over the past few years and look for trends...for instance: Are the schools improving? Is there more dedicated greenspace? Has public transportation improved? Are the demographics changing? Are businesses moving into or out of the area? Has the cost of living changed? How is your commute? Will you be able to leave work and still  make it to your child's recital or game?

The "Perfect" place for you to call home and raise a family might be a new place where you're sharing a new adventure together...or it might just be the  neighborhood you know best and have already called "Home"!

No Matter what you determine, I can help match you up with the perfect place YOU and YOUR Family will make into the home you're looking for! With 23+ years in the Real Estate business, you can put your trust in me for Advice, Neighborhood Info, Contractors, Buying, Selling, or Investing. Building lasting relationships with Integrity and #RealEstateWithHeart. From the Sale to Beyond, I'm ALWAYS here for YOU...for EVERY Home...For EVERY thing...Your FOREVER Agent. It's YOUR Move, Let's GO!

~ Jen 

267.446.0667 or [email protected] 

About the Author

Author
Jennifer Herman Lloyd

“Real Estate is not only in my blood, it’s my passion!” ~ As a third generation Realtor, who has been a licensed and active local agent since 1996, I am available to address all of your Real Estate needs. My philosophy is that there’s so much more to Real Estate than just the sale. Real Estate is about Building Relationships…these are strong and lasting relationships with my clients, my fellow agents, and my community. Never a "one-size-fits-all" mentality, I offer a customized approach for each individual client. I am passionate about all facets of Real Estate and believe in the importance of providing my clients with first-class service which includes a high level of professionalism, along with superior negotiating skills, service, and expertise. Having been a Premier Agent with local Home Builders including The David Cutler Group and Guidi Homes, I provide over 16 years of New Construction knowledge & experience. Selling all price ranges and specializing in new construction & resales in Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester counties, I believe in the importance of conducting my real estate business with both Integrity AND Heart. As an alumni of Germantown Academy, I continue to be an active member of my alma mater. I currently reside in Lower Gwynedd with my husband of 20+ years and our two daughters.

I LOVE WHAT I DO!! It’s not just Selling Homes, it’s BUILDING Relationships with INTEGRITY AND HEART… and I look forward to working with you!