Buyer beware of location

Home quality, insurance, property taxes vary by region

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Are you thinking about buying your first home? Perhaps you’re considering buying a second home, retiring in a different area, or building your dream home. Even if you are purchasing in the same area, you must be vigilant during the purchase process.

In 2007, we decided to build a new home. I had specific requirements that I wanted: underground utilities; city sewer; and natural gas for heating. The subdivision where we purchased appeared to meet all those requirements. We received a list of utilities serving our MUD (municipal utility district). Because there were no visible propane tanks, I assumed that the area was on natural gas. When we were ready to move in, however, I was shocked to learn that our subdivision was on propane.