Buy the home you think you will need 5 years from now (see link to recent article Realtor Tips).

After browsing and selecting a few favorite homes, drive by the houses, check the neighborhood. Is there traffic M-F? Hows does it look on weekends? Do as much research as possible, you’ll probably live here for 3-10 years.

Buy coffee or grab lunch in the neighborhood, if possible engage a resident and ask how long they live there. Mention you are considering a move to this area, let them charm you into the neighborhood. -courtesy of Alberto Marinas, CEO & Real Estate Broker