Location or house? Which philosophy is better in Raleigh?

Location, location, location. You’ve probably heard it before and if not, you will. Location is a leading factor driving real estate values everywhere you turn, not just around Raleigh. What happens if you can’t find the house you need or want in the location you want? Should you sacrifice your house or location?

Many real estate agents lean on location as a crutch. It’s easy to rant and rave about an area in front of buyers when you know the neighborhood is hot. But, this is Raleigh where population growth is rampant and neighborhoods pop up seemingly overnight. What was once a just a nice, quiet area can be booming and highly sought after in almost no time at all. Keep this in mind as you shop: If you can’t find what you want in the area you want, look somewhere else and compare. An area that is up and coming and features homes and a lifestyle you like is something to consider. If the house fits, then maybe you won’t be so quick to have to sell when life changes.

If you want a location because of a certain school, investigate further because that can change. For example, if you are a young couple buying your first home and planning to have a family in a couple of years, why should schools really matter? There is a good chance the school you want now may not be such a hot commodity when your kids are ready to attend due to growth factors and redistricting. Wake County schools reassign students occasionally based on numerous factors. Students and teachers move on.

When you are shopping, weigh your housing wants and needs with location in mind and consider your options. Apex, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Clayton, etc… are great areas with good growth plans in place.