What to Consider When Buying a Livermore Valley Home with Kids

bikingAre you gearing up to buy a Livermore Valley home? Are you doing so with kids? It’s really no surprise that the home features that matter to a family with kids differs from a couple or individual without kids.

A recent Trulia survey shows exactly which factors are affected most when you add children into the equation.  As a Livermore Valley real estate agent, I’d like to share these with you, so that if you’re buying a home with kids, you’ll know what to pay attention to!

  • Size of home. This is the most important factor for families buying a home with kids, which makes sense, since you’ll need more bedrooms and space. Seventy percent of homebuyers cared, compared to 66 percent of buyers without kids.
  • Crime rates. While 65 percent of all homebuyers care about the crime rate around a potential new home, when children are involved, this increased to 69 percent.
  • Neighborhood schools. A whopping 63 percent of buyers with kids care about this, compared to only 20 percent without kids. Again, this makes sense, since the children will be attending the schools. However, even if you don’t have children, this factor could affect the value of your home when you go to sell it!
  • Length of commute. Forty-six percent of potential homebuyers care about the commute time, while 58 percent of buyers with kids care. It may be more important with children involved because parents need to get home quick to pick a child up from daycare or school.
  • Proximity to amenities. More buyers without kids care about this one! Fifty percent of buyers with kids cared, compared to 59 percent of buyers without kids.
  • Age of home. Forty-seven percent of families with kids cared about this, compared to 49 percent of buyers without kids. This was pretty even and fell in the middle of the pack on importance.
  • Rate of natural disasters. It’s important to all homebuyers, but again, when kids are involved, families cared 35 percent about this, compared to buyers without kids who cared 37 percent of the time.
  • Pet friendliness. This fell exactly even with homebuyers with and without kids, at 32 percent. I would guess it’s because both buyers with kids and without kids own pets. The importance of this depends on if a furry friend is going with you to your new home.
  • Proximity to family. While this was less important for all those surveyed, 33 percent of homebuyers with children cared, compared to 29 percent without kids. Got to get those grandparent visits in!

As you can see, some of these factors were more important to homebuyers with kids, versus others that were more important to buyers without kids.  As your Livermore Valley real estate agent, I recommend that you rank these in significance for you. When you’re ready to buy a Livermore Valley home, we can together go over this list and find the best home for you and your family!

John Kurtzer
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