It is harder and herder to find landlords who will accept pets. Unfortunately a small group of horrible pet owners ruin it for those of us who take the time to train our pets.
I ask all of my potential landlords to agree to allow pets before listing with me. So if you are in the market for another rental, give me a call and I can give you some options. However, any pet owner should know that they will have to be open to a serious security deposit. You get it back in the end (with interest) so whats the difference.... more
Let me play the contrarian and say that, in many cases, that's not close to being the very first concern of anyone buying a house.
Agreed, it's an important, legitimate question. But among buyers with kids in school, the top question seems to be: "Which areas have the best schools?" And it's not always the best areas.
Further, often the best areas don't always offer the best values. I can think of some areas in Northern Virginia that are considered very upscale, very high quality. And they are. Many areas of McLean, for example. But you pay a substantial price for that. Go about a mile away--in this example, to Falls Church--and you're still in a great area, but it doesn't quite have the cache of McLean, and the prices are more reasonable. McLean, overall, may be "better" but many would consider Falls Church to be a better value.
I tend to agree with Mack that the market speaks with price: The higher the price, the more the market values an area. But that's not always the best for an individual buyer.... more