Sometimes those of us in the real estate business forget about the emotional component of moving. Whether you're going across town or to the other side of the country, it's always a stressful time. We get so excited about our wonderful East Valley area that we get all wrapped up in telling you about it and helping you with your housing needs. Let's step back for a minute and look at some of the anxiety inducing aspects. The whole process of buying and/ or selling a home can take its toll.
You worry about finding the right place and how the approval process will go. You've fallen in love with the East Valley because it's so appealing, but you may not know what it's actually like to live there. If you have children, you have to remain the grown-up and assure them that all will be well. If you don't have kids, you'll have to periodically remind yourself that you are in control of the situation. The key is to take everything one day and one step at a time.
For example, if you've pre-qualified for a mortgage, you can start looking in your price range. If you aren't sure which East Valley community you want to settle in, do some preliminary research online. Each town has its own particular flavor. If you want space around you, Queen Creek may be your cup of tea.
If you want a quaint and restored beautiful downtown, then you may do well to pick Chandler. The point is, learn what you can about each site, and then visit. Looking over a new area is both scary and exhilarating.
These are both emotional reactions, so try to tune into your rational self when you check out the neighborhoods in person. Take your list of "must haves", such as good schools, a close commute to work, good shopping, and especially what you're looking for in a house. The East Valley features a great deal of new construction because it's been growing rapidly. You can still find older homes if you prefer a bit of the lived in feeling. Think about your needs.
Does the gorgeous four thousand square foot house with the stunning view knock your socks off? That's great, but if you don't have kids and aren't planning on any in the next five or ten years, you may be taking on more than you need. By the same token, if you can afford it and don't mind the upkeep, it could be the perfect investment. Only you know for sure what will work for you, but we'll be glad to help you make informed and rational decisions. Above all, be positive. If you do have a family, make finding your home and moving an upbeat undertaking. The kids will need reassurances that East Valley schools are the best (they are) and that they'll meet many new friends.
You'll need that same sense of conviction. Just remember that this is an adventure and that change is good. You'll love living in your new East Valley home.
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