Questions to Ask Before You Settle on a Property Type

by Carole Legrain 03/22/2020

Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay

The number of architectural styles in any given neighborhood can be overwhelming to home buyers, especially if they don't feel immediately called to one type. To help narrow it down, the property you choose should reflect everything from your budget to your lifestyle. The more you account for how you interact with the home, the happier you and your family will be. We'll look at the key questions that can help you decide. 

How Will the Future Look?

This question has everything to do with the details of your future goals. Maybe you already know you'll need enough space in the home for a new baby, but have you considered how the property will affect an infant or toddler?

Parents may want to opt for a home without stairs to limit the number of accidents. The same advice goes for those who may find themselves hosting elderly relatives on a regular basis. If you're planning to be an empty nester soon, it may be time to downsize to a cottage so there's less to clean and maintain. 

How Practical Is It?

There's no understanding a property until you've really lived in it, but there are ways to forecast the obstacles that can pop up along the way. A modern home may be beautiful in its own way, but the stark angles may feel cold to someone who would prefer a more welcoming traditional home. 

If curb appeal is high on your list of priorities, then you may want to opt for a craftsman home. These homes come in all shapes and sizes, so it may be easier to find something in your budget than you think.

If you're planning on hosting parties or events, you need to define how much patio and yard space you'll need for everyone. While any property may feature outdoor amenities, you'll likely have the most luck with a traditional or a ranch. 

Selecting a property type is more than just considering how many bathrooms you need and whether you want a formal dining room. You have to consider how the infrastructure and design will either help or hurt your daily routine. A cottage with a cozy breakfast nook will be useless to someone who would prefer to eat in the living room. The more you picture yourself in each of the rooms, the easier it should be to decide on a type. 

About the Author
Author

Carole Legrain

Carole is originally from Belgium and came to the United States as an Au Pair. She lived in New York for 18 years working for the Belgian Consulate in Manhattan, also working for a distributor of custom Italian jewelry and Swiss watches. In search for a different lifestyle, she moved with her two daughters to Wilmington in 2003 where she obtained her real estate license. Carole has been an on-site agent in Porters Neck Plantation for 13 years now and truly enjoys working with all the wonderful people moving to the community from all over the country!

Carole has 13 years of on-site experience in Porters Neck Plantation and a thorough knowledge of the community, the properties on the market and the residents who have moved there over the years. After taking a tour of the community with Carole, you will not only have a great overview of the community and the properties on the market but you will be able to meet the residents and have a good feel for the lifestyle that Porters Neck Plantation offers.

Our Philosophy
Treat everyone you deal with as though they are “Family and Friends”.
Be the “Expert” in your area and always be available by phone or in person.
“Lasting Friendships” resulting from your work are more important than money. 

RECENT SALES

Seller's agent 6/7/2018 - $525,000 - 8716 Lincolnshire Ln
Seller's agent 6/07/2018 - $550,000 - 8705 Champion Hills Dr
Buyer's agent 6/06/2018 - $431,50 - 8501 Emerald Dunes Rd
Seller's agent 6/01/2018 - $375,00 - 8809 Sawmill Creek Ln
Seller's agent 4/20/2018 - $490,00 - 8728 Champion Hills Dr
Buyer's agent 4/03/2018 - $622,000 - 1001 Callawasse Island Dr
Seller's agent 2/27/2018 - $205,000 - 920 Arboretum Dr
Seller's agent 01/10/2018 - $315,000 - 1003 Wild Dunes Cir
Buyer's agent 01/05/2018 - $450,000 - 1110 Tennwood Dr
Buyer's agent 12/01/2017 - $570,000 - 8600 Fazio

Buyer's and Seller's agent 9/07/2017 - $417,000 - 411 Black Diamond Dr
Buyer's agent 7/18/2017 - $348,000 - 8420 Fazio Dr
Seller's agent 6/29/2017 - $345,000 - 1102 Congressional Ln
Buyer's agent 3/31/2017 - $230,000 - Lot 8707 Champion Hills Dr
Seller's agent 12/27/2016 - $520,000 - 8412 Fazio Dr

Seller's agent 12/12/2016 - $252,000 - 1002 Wild Dunes Cir
Buyer's agent 12/04/2016 - $67,000 - Lot 625 Wild Dunes Cir
Buyer's agent 11/16/2016 - $517,000 - 8916 Woodcreek Cir
Buyer's agent 11/15/2016 - $162,500 - Lot 8708 Lowes Island Dr
Buyer's agent 11/15/2016 - $348,000 - 1210 Congressional Ln

Buyer's agent 11/07/2016 - $345,000 - 1025 Wild Dunes Cir
Buyer's agent 9/30/2016 - $150,000 - Lot 8808 Champion Hills Dr
Buyer's agent 7/05/2016 - $155,000 - 7216 Thurgood Rd
Buyer's and Seller's agent 7/01/2016 - $292,500 - 1000 Wild Dunes Cir
Buyer's agent 6/30/2016 - $350,000 - 8339 Vintage Club Cir

Seller's agent 6/30/2016 - $439,000 - 418 White Columns Way
Buyer's and Seller's agent 6/29/2016 - $549,000 - 8549 Galloway National Dr
Seller's agent 6/24/2016 - $519,000 - 817 Wild Dunes Cir
Buyer's agent 6/13/2016 - $92,000 - Lot 1800 Hartefield National Ln
Buyer's and Seller's agent 5/16/2016 - $430,000 - 8316 Vintage Club Cir
Buyer's agent 5/12/2016 - $67,000 - Lot 625 Wild Dunes Cir
Seller's agent 5/03/2016 - $510,000 - 562 Windstar Ln
Buyer's agent 3/31/2016 - $100,000 - Lot 8111 Wade Hampton Ct
Buyer's agent 3/15/2016 - $137,500 - 1507 Military Cutoff Rd
Buyer's agent 2/4/2016 - $641,821 - 8578 Galloway National Dr

Seller's agent 2/01/2016 - $535,000 - 113 Hallbrook Farms Cir
Seller's agent 10/28/2015 - $375,000 - 419 Black Diamond Dr
Seller's agent 10/07/2015 - $549,000 - 1004 Butler National Ln
Seller's agent 9/16/2015 - $440,000 - 8640 Vintage Club Dr
Seller's agent 7/08/2015 - $485,000 - 409 White Columns Way
Buyer's agent 7/02/2015 - $343,000 - 8509 Emerald Dunes Rd
Seller's agent 5/18/2015 - $352,000 - 1102 Congressional Ln