Monday, March 2, 2015

The House Hunt Process, Part I

When I started to research Ryan Homes, I came across several blogs out there detailing the building process and design choices, but there weren't very many posts that talked about how they came to choose a new home vs. one already on the market. So, I thought it might be helpful to discuss what we were looking for in a home, and how we ended up choosing Greenbelt.

Our House Hunt Wish List:

  • An attached or semi-detached style like a townhouse or rowhouse.
  • Close access to a Metro stop, ideally less than two miles.
  • A place with lots of natural light.
  • At least two bedrooms.
  • Allows dogs - woof!
  • A safe neighborhood.
  • A place to keep the car.
A townhouse or condo isn't for everyone, but we lived in a rental townhouse for several years and loved the energy efficiency and the relatively low maintenance. In the DC metro area, you also seem to get more buying power if you're willing to look at attached housing instead of tradition single-family homes.

We were also willing to live in a home zoned to not-so-great school districts since we don't have children, a factor that gave us a lot more flexibility in our search.

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to read more about your process. We were looking for the same exact things.