Economic times are never too tough to find the perfect home in the right community for optimal family living.
There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Modern folks may tend to see this concept as quaint, perhaps even antiquated. Why? Could it be our large metropolitan areas, which swallow individuality? Or perhaps the fact that some communities are more concerned with the color of houses than providing real opportunities for kids to be kids, and adults to commune in healthy, vibrant environments?
Far too often, new home buyers never consider who their neighbors are or what the community has to offer outside their property’s boundaries. But that’s just the way it is all over. Right?
It is possible to find the right home, even in some of the worst economic conditions this country has seen in many decades. Setting aside the financial aspects of purchasing a new family home, one can (and must!) consider other very tangible aspects that should be a part of their buying decisions.
Family is extremely important to most people, therefore it goes to reason that striving to provide the best environment will help produce a happy family. If the homes in consideration are surrounded by poor schools, lacking municipal facilities and neighborhoods that leave something to be desired, then chances are good that the family health and welfare will be on the decline.
Working hard to produce the things a family needs to thrive has been a driving force for parents since the dawn of time. Even then, finding accommodations was very high on the list of tasks that would help preserve the family’s integrity and its very survival.
Fortunately for most families today, the worry about living near a den of saber tooth tigers is not of concern. But there are real world challenges that families face every day. If parents are unable to seek the best environments and help their children not just survive, but excel, they may be considered to have failed in their parental duties.
Creating a home for a family where there are high rates of crime is conducive to providing your offspring a blueprint on how to fail in life. It is hard to see negativity and squalor every day and not be affected by it. Conversely, when a family finds a great home in a well-constructed operating community, the results can be dramatic. Of course, solid parenting skills are still needed for children to understand the subtleties of life, but it is much easier to raise amazing kids when there are far fewer distractions and temptations just down the block or the next house over, for that matter.
While schools and their governing districts tend to be high on most homebuyers’ lists, there is much more that needs consideration as well. Without quality retail centers how far does the family need to travel in order to obtain the goods and services they need to enjoy a better life? Entertainment cannot be forgotten, either. While a large percentage of the family’s time tends to be spent in their homes, be it everyone watching a movie together, kids playing video games, or parents enjoying time listening to good music, there are still times when everyone needs to get out.
If, upon getting out, the family has limited choices of how they might be entertained, their quality of life decreases. Communities offering a plethora of choices tend to attract more families looking for a higher standard of living. With so many factors involved in finding the right family home, one must be diligent about keeping the community, schools, retail, entertainment, and various other aspects in mind. Building a single strong child into a productive, happy, successful adult does require the village, or in our modern times a quality community.
This is a guest post by writer Kitty Vogen. Real estate topics she has covered recently include home mortgages, community building, pros and cons of homeowners’ associations and Killeen Homes for Sale.