Everyone’s heard that the three most important things to consider when buying real estate are “location, location, location”…
It’s true enough. Location matters.
Location affects the value. Location affects how easy it is to re-sell. Location affects the enjoyment of the property (depending on a person’s tolerance levels).
In a perfect world, everyone would live on a quiet, dead-end street, with professionally landscaped yards, and friendly neighbors.
But that’s just not the case…
There are homes on main roads. And people buy them and live in them.
Yet, pretty much anyone you ask will say, “You shouldn’t buy a house on a main road.”
But, maybe you should…
Where Do You Draw The Line?
What is a “main road”?
That definition is totally subjective, and relative to any particular area.
You could say that a main road is one that has double yellow lines. But it could be a road without double yellow lines, and is just one the busiest roads in town.
Maybe it isn’t even technically a “main” road, but people use a particular street in town as a common cut through, or short cut.
The point is, in whatever area or town you are considering buying, there are going to be roads considered “main”, or “busy” roads, by the people in town.
And it matters. How the people in town perceive a location is what ultimately affects the desirability and value of a property.
But, that doesn’t mean you should overlook a perfect house for you, just because the majority of people swear they would never buy a house on a main road.
The double yellow lines shouldn’t be the determining factor in where you draw your own personal lines about whether you should buy a house on a main road.
The only thing that really matters, is whether or not you are comfortable with the location.
Ignore The Stigma
People in general give homes on main roads a bad rap.
And it might even seem like most real estate agents agree that you shouldn’t buy a home on a main road. But most real estate agents don’t entirely feel that way. There’s a person for every home. And a home for