What Grand Forks Home Buyers Really Want
I recently read an article on doorstep.com that caught my attention and resonated with what I so often hear from my clients. The article was written about what real estate buyers really care about during their house hunt.
At first, you might be surprised to hear it’s not so much about the Grand Forks home that many clients are ultimately concerned with. Instead, the number one consideration of most real estate buyers is the neighborhood the home is in.
What the Real Estate Research Shows
From looking at the beautiful chart above and statistics from the 2012 NAR home buyers and seller report, it confirms that the neighborhood and proximity to activities is the last thing that a home buyer in Grand Forks is willing to give up.
The top three things that home buyers in Grand Forks are willing to make compromises on are:
- The home price
- The home size
- The condition of the home
The three things that Grand Forks home buyers are least likely to make compromises on are:
- The distance to the target schools
- The quality of the neighborhood itself
- How close the neighborhood is to the home owner’s friends
Grand Forks Living Offers a Lot to Home Owners
We’re extremely lucky to be living in a city like Grand Forks that has so many options for neighborhoods and activities. We have the historical neighborhoods like Reeves Drive that are full of trees and charm, bringing us back to the beginning of Grand Forks history. For a quick example take a look at Christmas in the Park.
We have the brand new Grand Forks real estate developments to the south and west that offer amazing floor plans and state of the art home amenities. In these neighborhoods, everything is pretty much turn key and ready to be lived in.
Many of my clients are primarily concerned with Grand Forks neighborhoods and the schools that their kids will be attending. While Grand Forks does offer open enrollment, being close to a particular school helps ensure that friends from school are always just a few blocks away.
Another group of my clients are primarily concerned about how close they are to the downtown Grand Forks lifestyle that offers art, entertainment, and fine dining.
Think About Your Target Neighborhood and Lifestyle First
Because of my experience working with clients that all have very unique wants and wish list neighborhoods that drive their initial home search, I always start out having a neighborhood conversation first.
By getting a good idea of the Grand Forks neighborhood that they’re most pulled towards, I can help ensure that they’re more fulfilled and a happier home owners after finding them right home, in the right neighborhood.
If you’re just starting out on your house hunt in Grand Forks, I’d suggest taking a drive through the neighborhoods that you’re interested in and look at the lifestyle that each area offers. Make a list of the top areas and streets that you’d love to call home. This will make the initial search much more meaningful and not just throwing darts at a board blindfolded.
If you have any questions about Grand Forks Real Estate or many different neighborhoods, I’d be glad to go over what they have to offer. After helping many of my clients find their perfect combination of home + lifestyle, I can help point you in the right direction and give you some great resources to help you make your dream home a reality.