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Location over Size when Searching for a Home?

by Jeannie Anderson 12/08/2019

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When it comes to selecting a home, every situation is a little different. Do you purchase a house because of its size or is the location more important? Both factors play a crucial role in determining your choice, but the unique details in your life can help you decide which is more important. 

When realtors talk about a home, they often stress the importance of location. However, if you are newlyweds starting a family and you want to buy a home on a tight budget, you might favor the size of the house over the location. On the other hand, if your purchase is to build your portfolio or to be your forever home, location might matter more than size. When considering size versus location, let the steps below guide you.

Sacrificing Location for Size

While location is important, you may need more space for a home office, a workshop, or a large play area. If that is the case, consider size over location. If home size is your focus, the location doesn’t need to be trendy. Choose size over location for these reasons:

  • You Have Children: If you have children, it’s preferable to search for a bigger home. Looking for a larger house in many cities might mean you move to areas where you can get better value for your money. While these areas might not be your dream neighborhood, or ideal for your work commute, they may be a great place to begin a family. 

  • You Have A Large Household: If you have a large family or have multiple adults in the same household, you may be looking for additional space for everyone. A bigger house means you could add play space for your kids, a lawn for your pet, office space, more bathrooms, and outdoor space. 

  • You Need More Space for Guests: If you often have people coming to stay with you; your in-laws, friends, or family members — then having more space or guest room will improve your quality of life. Finding a larger home that meets your housing needs is important, and if having room for guests fills you with joy, then size is important.

Choosing Location over Size

  • You Plan to Rent Out Your House: If you are buying your home intending to rent it out either on a long-term lease or as a holiday rental, your choice of location plays a vital role. Proximity to points of interest and public transportation determine your rental’s demand and supply, and it will have a significant effect on your profit. 

  • You Have Kids That Are Still in School: If you have school-age children, you would want to consider the type of schools available in the area. If there is a specific standard of education you want for your children, ensure you inform your realtor about this before the house hunt process begins. 

  • You Plan to Sell Your House in the Near Future: If you intend selling your home sooner rather than later, you need to be strategic when picking your neighborhood. Location is the crucial factor that affects your resale value — if you are buying a house intending to sell in an abbreviated time, it’s essential you pick an area that will increase your home’s value in the short run. 

Both the location of your home and its size are vital things to look for when house hunting, but your decision on which is more important should be a factor of what you need now. Talk to your realtor about your motivation for buying a home and get their professional advice on what fits your needs the most.

About the Author
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Jeannie Anderson

Alain Pinel Realtors® is proud to announce our association with Jeannie Anderson. An integral part of APR is the collaboration of high caliber, capable professionals, and Jeannie certainly fits that profile.

APR is dedicated to excellence - and our association with Jeannie Anderson is a bright example. Jeannie Anderson, (GRI, SRES, CRS) is a real estate marketing representative who takes great pride in her business and community involvement.

Consistently in the International Top 100 Agents, Jeannie is celebrating 39 years of real estate experience. Jeannie has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle & the WSJ, and is a popular consultant to the media.  In 2000 she became the youngest and only the 5th woman to serve as President of the SF Assoc. of Realtors in its 105-year history. She was awarded the prestigious "Agent's Choice" award by Pacific Union in 2000. In 2004 she was the recipient of the  "Most Inspirational Award", which was created in her honor. She and her husband previously owned Anderson Antiques for over 36 years, as well as Anderson Spa Warehouse. In her spare time, Jeannie is an accomplished musician and plays professionally with many well-known musicians in the Bay Area.

As Jeannie's clients will testify, her hard work, knowledge of the market, and superb service prove that she puts her clients first.

Reasons to work with Jeannie:

  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Excellent negotiator
  • Sense of humor and enthusiasm
  • Patient and conscientious
  • 36 years of experience

1982 - Present

  • Member of the San Francisco Association of Realtors
  • California Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • San Francisco Women's Council of Realtors

2003- Present

  • Member of the Contra Costa Association of Realtors and Contra Costa Women's Council of Realtors