Jim Ryan, Home Savings of America, 703 591 5626 ext 419.
In answer to your question, if you do not like your neighborhood now, you will never like your neighborhood! You need the assistance of a qualified Realtor. I am a Realtor and can help you more with this information. Please feel free to contact me at 717-682-1266.
Thx for your question.
You want a neighborhood where you can find friendly people that communicate and help each other when needed.
This are the first factors you have consider.
The house value should bea secondary factor.History has proven that real estate is not necessairely a good financial investments, however for somepeople it has worked.
The decision that the financial impact is worth a move is very subjective and can only be answered by you.
The 2 extra bedrooms and the 2 car garage will make the other house more atractive to most buyers ,but there are other factors involved ,like the esthetics of the house and the nighborhood.
Without seeing both properties I can not give further advice.
I'd certainly love to help if you'd like,
So you've got that solved, now on to the house - only you can answer that. Buy the house that works for you in a location that works (and in your case how wonderful that you know and love the area) and enjoy it. Do that and when the time comes you should be fine - prices are down, borrowing rates are so good as to be ridiculous. View it as your home, not an investment, negotiate the best price possible with the assistance of your agent.
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The first step is to determine how you will measure the "worth it" factor. You could decide to look at it from two different aspects: "financial" and "quality of living". For the later, make a list of the features that are different (that you mentioned in your question). Then list whether it's a pro or con and how important each item is to you. For the financial analysis, don't forget to look at your current loan and terms compared to a new one.
I'd be happy to help you look at the financial end of things with quick calculations based on today's interest rates. For this analysis, you'd need to know the current value of your home in today's market (what you paid for it won't likely be the right number to use). I can provide a free no-obligation analysis for you -- I'm here to help!
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Buying a house is a very personal decision. Only you can define "worth it" to you. Good luck!