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Your Commute

October 22nd, 2012 7:12 pm by

One of the most important factors that determine where to live is your commute distance.  Your commute distance is important to assess because it will directly have an impact on your quality of life in your new home.  In some markets, your price point will be a significant driver of where you can live.  However, you may want to consider sacrificing some space for a good commute distance.  These factors will all have to be apart of your decision making process of where you will live.  

Depending on whether you are moving to a large city, suburb or the country your transportation options will vary.  If you are moving to a large city, your walking distance to public transport will be very important.  However, if you are moving to a suburb or the country, you will be looking for the driving distance between work, day care and other services.  The proximity to your daily activities will be a critical component in determining, which location is best for you and your family.  If you are looking for a walkable community, www.walkscore.com is a great resource to use to assess whether or not a community has a good walking score and offers a pedestrian friendly environment.  Traffic is also a critical component to determining where to live.  In some markets distance can be deceiving.  You may not be very far from a particular location.  However, traffic can be substantial and add significant drive times to your commute.  Therefore, check the local department of transportation websites for average commute times.  This will be very important in some markets.  

If you have access to a real estate professional to help you with your search, make sure that you let them know that commute distance is an important factor in your search.  Keep in mind that in some markets, you will have to make some sacrifices in order to have a better commute.