It’s about more than location and price to parents

05/20/2015

It’s about more than location and price to parents

SEATTLE – May 15, 2015 – A new poll of parents and Realtors by Care.com shows that a home search and subsequent move overwhelms many parents.

Nearly 53 percent of parents surveyed said that they cried at least once during the process, and 50 percent said they fought with their partner one to two times a week.

"What we found most surprising from the survey was that nearly half of parents actually had home-buying regrets," says Katie Bugbee, global parenting expert and senior managing editor of Care.com. "When we dug into the data, we discovered several stressors that may lead families to rushed decisions and remorse, and took that insight to create a step-by-step guide to help families plan for a thoughtful, and sane, home-buying experience."

While the Internet and mobile apps have made home shopping easier, family complexities – schools, friends, commutes, etc. – make the process daunting to may families.

For families embarking on a move, Care.com offers several tips.

Chief among them is to "prioritize and know your family's 'deal-breakers,'" which could range from a listing's need for costly home repairs to the lack of a backyard.

Tip two is to "involve the kids during the home search … when the time is right, that is – usually after (the parents) have narrowed down the options." (Eighty-six percent of Realtors surveyed said they had to cut a home tour early because of a disruptive child.)

Families are also encouraged to seek support during the move from as many friends, family members, neighbors and contacts as possible.

Other tips range from setting a realistic budget to arranging childcare in advance.

Source: Finchannel.com (05/14/2015)

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