Test drive possible properties.
Literally. Before you buy your first home, drive from and to the new address from your work during morning and evening drive times. Are there alternate routes? How long does it take to get to work? Schools? Supermarket? Convenience stores? Is parking adequate on street, off street or in a garage? Will the morning or evening sun be a headache? Note your location 15 minutes and 30 minutes from your first home. Now use that distance on a map as a radius to get a sense of your circle of community. Many of us spend a lot of time in our cars. Knowing how much time can help you decide if a new home is right for you.
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