It is prime time if you’re looking for Zionsville homes for sale. The weather is great and there are many fantastic houses on the market at competitive prices. A quick search of the MIBOR listings indicate that 221 houses are currently listed for sale in Zionsville, ranging in price from $75,000 to $850,000.
With so many homes for sale to choose from, how do you begin to narrow the selection?
Narrow Your Search for a New Home in Zionsville
Naturally, your financial situation will be the prime factor that determines which houses you should consider. If you’ve determined the price range that realistically fits your budget, then the selection becomes quite a bit easier to manage.
If you’ve decided to buy a home in Zionsville, you might be aware of the economic factors of the community. If so, you know that in 2012 the estimated median household income was $101,432, which is more than double the median income for households throughout the state of Indiana.
You also know that in Zionsville the estimated median house or condo value in 2012 was $329,818, which is almost triple the figure for the entire state. If you narrow your search down to homes in a particular price range, it will be much easier to begin a serious search for your potential new home.
Define the Criteria for Your New Home
So, let’s assume you are a married couple of working professionals and you currently have no children, but you plan to start a family in a few years. You are first-time home buyers and you want a home in Zionsville with at least three bedrooms (possibly four) and at least 2 1/2 baths.
You understand that a realistic budget to find a great house in Zionsville that will fit your needs will be between $275,000 and $400,000, which is a range of about $50,000 below to $75,000 above the local median property value. For that set of criteria, your current selection of Zionsville homes for sale is reduced to 48 single-family houses (as of 6/12/15).
Many of those 48 homes have four bedrooms, so let’s eliminate those that have only three, which leaves 35 Zionsville homes for sale with four bedrooms and at least 2 1/2 baths (as of 6/12/15).
Though we’ve narrowed the search down to 35 homes, that is still a lot of houses to sort through, so you should consider a few other aspects of the house and property, to find a handful of listings that would initially be worth seriously considering.
Questions to Ask About Zionsville Homes for Sale
Your desired lifestyle will obviously help determine your perfect home. The questions you need to answer include:
Do you want to live near a public school in Zionsville? If so, should your new home be close to one of Zionsville’s five elementary schools or two middle schools? Maybe you’re thinking long-term and want to be within walking distance of Zionsville Community High School, a Four Star School that is ranked in Newsweek’s 2014 Top 1% in the country.
Do you want to live near one of the beautiful public parks in Zionsville? The local parks offer many fun and relaxing activities, including picnic areas, sport fields, courts, and playgrounds; a sledding hill and a skateboard park; a splash park and a golf course; as well as fitness and nature trails.
Do you want a big property to maintain or do you want to limit the time you spend working in the yard?
Do you want many old-growth trees on the property? More trees naturally means more shade, but it also means more raking of fallen leaves in autumn.
Do you prefer a relatively new and modern house or would you prefer an older house that might have a bit more character – and might need a bit more fixing up and repairs?
After you’ve answered the questions above, as well as others that pertain to your particular new home “wants and needs,” you should be left with a manageable list of Zionsville homes for sale that you can begin to seriously consider.
The Next Step in the Process to Buy a House
As a first-time home buyer, you probably will want some help during the process of viewing the homes on your list, as well as negotiating the sale when you find the perfect house.
To assist you with the arduous and time-consuming task of looking at Zionsville homes for sale, you should hire a licensed Realtor® who specializes in helping first-time home buyers. Your Realtor will guide you along the way and offer valuable advice about the houses and neighborhoods you visit. Your Realtor will also be a big help when the time arrives to make an offer for the home you want to buy.