The City or the Suburbs?

The Ultimate Question: The City or the Suburbs?

City or the Suburbs dilemma

It’s an age old question that does not seem to get an answer any sooner. However the best one can do is to compare the perks that each side has. Suburbs or The City? Where should you live? Well, the suburbs have a nicer, calmer atmosphere where you can relax with ease compared to the city life which is always noisy. On the other hand, the city is where all the good jobs are. So will you prefer to settle at a peaceful place with a longer commute or at a noisy city and a much faster commute? It’s a mind blowing question that requires an in-depth analysis. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons for each one of them.


Pros and Cons of Living in the City

You are ready to start your job or even have a big dream of starting your business in the city. Where do you live? The city or the suburbs? This is a decision to be made with haste in full consideration of several factors such as your friends and family. If you decide to live in the city, here are the pros and cons to consider:



  • Chicago City LivingIt goes without saying that there are greater opportunities in the city than in the suburbs. More so if you are fresh just from college and you are looking to start your career or start a business.
  • If you are an established entrepreneur or career wise, the city has an array of avenues for growth.
  • Exceptional exposure is what the city can give a person who seeks to develop his/her personal character. This is because there are people from diverse places to interact with.
  • You will never be bored. There will be countless of daily entertaining activities.


  • The cost of living is awfully high compared to suburban living.
  • The rate of competition in the city for opportunities is much higher than in the suburbs.
  • There is a higher rate of criminal activities in the city than in the suburbs.
  • The atmosphere in the city is not ample for family due to noise and pollution.

Although if you ask Noble Black, a top Manhattan Realtor, about his opinion on The City vs. the Suburbs dilemma, he will say it is a big decision that varies from person to person as they both have a lot to offer. Going through different stages of your life will also play a big factor into where you want to live.

Pros and Cons of Living in the Suburbs

This is always a daunting task to move from one house to another. It requires a lot of time and money. However, it is an entirely new experience when you move from The City to the suburbs. This is because of the difference in scenery. Here are the pros and cons of making such a move:


  • Luxury Suburban HomesThe cost of living in the suburbs is lower than the cost
    s of the city. The cost of buying a house is cheaper than buying a house in the city. Furthermore, the houses in the suburbs are much bigger compared with houses n the city due to space limit.
  • One of the biggest advantages of living in the suburbs is the peaceful and serene atmosphere. Ideally, there is no noise, traffic or even pollution. It’s only the sound of humming birds and rivers that will be music to your ears.
  • Most homes in the suburban areas are new. This means that there will be less maintenance cost, and your home will be much more modern and spacious.
  • Suburbs have a low rate of crime rates. This is ideal for families as they will worry less about burglary and theft.


  • If you work in the city and live in the suburbs, then you have a lot of problems. First, you will pay a lot of money for fuel or commuting fare and secondly you will spend a lot of time on the road commuting, away from your family.
  • There is less activity to carry out in the suburbs. Activities such as entertainment or dining are rarely found in the suburban areas. You’ll therefore need to go all the way to the city to enjoy such activities.
  • Unlike buying a house in the city, buying a house in the suburbs takes a longer time. Especially if the area is new and there are mass construction projects going on.

Overall you have to live in a place that truly makes you happy. If you have a family you also have to think about their education, and the type of school you want them to attend. Again, this is a big decision and can only be answered by truly searching within and finding what locale makes you happiest. Maybe you can even find a more relaxed neighborhood within a big city so you can have the best of both worlds?!

What are your thoughts? If you ever debated between living in a large city or the suburbs comment below what ultimately lead you to decide which one you preferred!




How To Prep for Your First Open House

Holding an open house has always played an important role in the strategy for selling a house. However, the techniques employed in making the house attractive for potential customers have evolved significantly over the years. Hence, a real estate agent needs to do their homework before the house is opened to potential customers and understand the techniques of how to prep for your first open house.

Having an open house is of no use if people don’t know about it. Recent data shows that more than 90% of the potential buyers carry out their initial research on the internet. Hence it is important to plug in the open house dates on as many sites as possible to get the word out. Some possibilities include:Open House Real Estate Market

  • Trulia
  • Zillow
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram

Word of mouth can be just as important as the above mentioned social media outlets. Make sure the neighbors know about the dates, so they can pass the word along to their family and friends. It is even better if the agent can arrange for a special private viewing for neighbors and any of their contacts.


Prepping the Home Owner

It is the duty of the real estate agent to instruct how the home owner should get the house ready. Having a thoroughly clean house is a given however there is a need to go a step further and make the home look spacious by de-cluttering the house. Neutralize the house by putting all personal photographs out of sight.

It is a good idea to have the homeowner rent some storage space so all extra furnishings that crowd the house can be moved there. As Yahoo advices, basement, closets and garage areas should be partially cleared to create a notion of abundant storage space.

Typically homeowners don’t pay much attention to the exterior of the house. They should be encouraged to hire a professional landscaper so the exterior looks inviting. Explain to the homeowners to think of it as an investment that will bring positive returns.

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Final Check List for How To Prep for Your First Open House

Just before the opening time, it is a good idea to place a fact sheet of the property placed in a strategic location for potential visitors. This way a lot of the redundant and very basic questions about the property can be answered automatically.

Next to the fact sheets place a sign-in sheet. The sign-in sheet will require the potential visitors to given some general information about contact, name and address and most importantly how they learned about the house. This feed-back will tell you which form of advertising draws most customers and the number of visitors that attended.

  • Place some fresh flowers in various locations
  • All beds must be made and pillows fluffed
  • All computers and television sets should be off’
  • Lamps and indoor lights should be turned on during the inspection
  • The family should preferably make plans to spend the day away from the home.