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When you think of what is important in a home to a prospective buyer – or to you as a buyer – what comes to mind? Things like location, budget, amenities, condition of the home, and more are all among the most common points considered. But what about transit options? [Read more…]
With the prices of housing constantly on the rise – both for buying and renting – the ideal time to buy a home just about anywhere is right now. Don’t let your decision to buy a home linger any longer; there are lots of places to choose from, but Providence, RI is one of the best places around, and the longer you wait, the more the prices go up. Let us explain…. [Read more…]
There’s no question that major urban centers and metropolises are still where the majority of Americans call home. Millions live in places like New York and New Jersey, and there are countless reasons why doing so makes sense.
However, smaller cities and towns are starting to get a lot more attention from the public, and home sales in smaller cities have increased over the last few years as more and more people start to realize just what it is that these places have to offer.
Not convinced? Let’s look at some of the primary reasons that shopping for a home in a small town or city could be the best decision that you make for you and your family.
- Better Health – Let’s face it: things like pollution, noise, and other factors can contribute to a decline in your health. Not only can smaller cities have cleaner air, but they can be much less stressful thanks to less traffic, fewer crowds, and less noise. Stress can impact your health in a big way, and moving out of the urban centers can bring that to you.
- More Affordable – Everyone knows how expensive those New York condos can be. But even buying a home in a different big city can cost a lot. Smaller cities have more affordable housing, but they also have lower overall costs of living. From your grocery bill to electricity bills, it’s almost always cheaper to call the small town home.
- Community – This is one that really stands out for a lot of people. When you live in a small city, there’s more of a sense of community than in big cities. People know each other, neighbors talk to one another, and you have more of an idea about what’s going on in terms of community events and gatherings. For many, this adds something to life that the big city can’t ever provide.
- More Relaxing – We mentioned stress earlier, but when it comes to downtime, small towns have the big city beat. Unless you’re looking to spend every night out on the town in clubs, you’ll find that small cities have many better options for your downtime. From visiting local stores to heading to a park to just spending time in your backyard, most agree that life’s more relaxing in a small city.
- Security – Things are a bit safer in small cities. Not only are crime rates lower, but you’ll find that you are more comfortable in your home, letting your kids play outside, and just relaxing from day to day.
- Traffic – Think about big city traffic, and then think about being able to escape from it and the rush hour grind. Enough said.
If you’re looking for a home but aren’t sure what it is you’re looking for – or already know what you want – there’s a good chance that looking away from the big city and taking a closer look at small cities and town could be what you need. It offers more than you might realize, and can enhance your entire life in a meaningful way.
There are numerous types of housing options out there, but one that has only recently started getting attention in the US is that of cohousing. Cohousing is a kind of shared living situation wherein residents of the community share things like kitchens, amenities, and sometimes even vehicle rides. [Read more…]