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Down to the wire: How to choose between two homes

Choosing between two great homes

When searching for the perfect home, many homeowners may have trouble finding one that directly matches their every want and need. On the contrary, finding multiple homes that suit your needs can cause even more stress! These tips can ease the process of choosing between multiple properties, and allow you to enjoy the homebuying process.

Remember that old saying, "Location, location, location?" It especially applies here. Look at the proximity of the homes in comparison to your workplace, kids' schools, etc. A shorter carpool or commute can drastically reduce your daily stress levels and assist you with time management. Look also at the homes that surround both residences — does one neighborhood "fit" your family better than another? If one home has a neighborhood full of kids, while the other is beginning to skew towards retirees, that might sway you in a certain direction.

Even though you likely won't be selling your home for many years, you should also consider looking at the two properties' potential resale values. Some features, including additional bedrooms, hardwood flooring and new or updated infrastructures, can ensure a home will have a higher resale value in the future.

Still unsure? When in doubt, begin making a pros and cons list of each house. Once completed, be sure to rank each column in order of importance. Tally up the totals and see if one is clearly on top of the other. And remember, instinct counts double! Finding a home is about the perfect fit for you, so don't be afraid to rely on your "gut feeling" if it's guiding you in one direction or another.

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Active Contingent: Properties which are available for showing but are under contract with another buyer

Pending: Properties which are under contract with a buyer and are no longer available for showings

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