Location Is No Place for Compromise


Well written post…..location is the most important feature and the only one that can’t be changed….make sure it’s right for you.

Via Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Agent (JJ Jacobs Realty Inc/Ready, Set…Sold! Inc, Montreal Canada):

I used to live on the water. It was a beautiful property in Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot, Quebec, with a deck on the edge of Lac St. Louis. The house was gorgeous too – hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, multi-level deck, fireplace in the master bedroom.  It was my dream home…or so I thought.

But within a year of buying the place, I couldn’t wait to move.

When we originally bought the home, my husband and I were both working full-time. The long commute helped us unwind. Its remoteness was an escape from the city.

Then we had a baby, and I stayed home to raise him. I quickly realized that virtually everyone in our neighbourhood was retired, which meant no kids for our son to play with, no moms for me to hang out with.  We were lonely. 

The location was all wrong.

You can change most anything about a home.  But short of monumental efforts, it’s really hard to change where it is. 

Woman trying to choose which way to goSo when you’re looking for a place to call home, never compromise on location.  These 4 steps might help:

1. Think about what brings you peace…and angst.

Does traffic make you crazy? Or is a longer commute relaxing? Do you like having people and action around you? Or does it make you want to run away? 

2. Project your life out about 5 – 6 years.

Are you planning a family? Do dreams of your children playing street hockey dance in your head?

Or are your kids getting ready to fly and you now crave peace and quiet?

3. Test drive the location.

Pretend you already live there and test drive the commute to and from work.  Park yourself in the area to see traffic during rush hour.

Visit the neighbourhood during the weekend to get a feel for the area. Are neighbours outside talking to each other? If so, do you like that or do you prefer anonymity?

Are there kids playing outside and are they about the same age as yours?

4. Work with a real estate agent who knows the area.

She can tell you such things as whether a particular street is known for traffic and what schools you would be zoned for.  Or who the main builder in the area is and what types of homes he built.  Or the best access to the highway and shortcuts to get there.  Or where you can get great pizza on Friday nights and flowers on the way home from work.

A real estate agent who knows the area you’re looking in can help you choose your ideal location. 

And a good one will never rush you into making that decision.

*This article is based on an article I wrote for the January 2010 Montreal edition of Luxury Report Magazine.


Tanya Nouwens

Affiliated Montreal Real Estate Agent, JJ Jacobs Realty Inc. www.jjjrealty.com 

Owner & President, Ready, Set…Sold! Inc., a Montreal Home Staging Company  www.readysetsold.ca

T. 514-919-8468    tanya@readysetsold.ca

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This blog is written with my opinions. My opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate or financial decisions. Tanya Nouwens – 2010. If you want to reprint parts of this, just email me for my permission at tanya@readysetsold.ca.


About susanmorrison

After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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