Guest Blogger #260, Entry #767, November 17, 2011
If you are home shopping, then you know how very stressful the process can be. After all, there is a lot to think about. Not only do you need to find the find a home layout, size, and location, but you also need to find a neighborhood that you can see yourself living in. That can be a difficult prospect, when you consider that the best way to find out about a neighborhood is to actually live in that neighborhood, and you don’t exactly have that option when sizing up potential residences. Fortunately, there are ways to assess neighborhoods before you move in, so that you can find a good fit. Here are some tips for how to choose the best neighborhood:
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Prioritize your needs
Before you know what type of neighborhood is best for you, you must first identify your neighborhood style. What is important to you in a neighborhood? Consider access to local conveniences like stores, libraries, and hospitals. Also, determine if you need to be near a school. Is privacy important to you? Or you do prefer tight-knit neighborhoods where everyone knows everyone else? Think about these things and make a list of what you want out of your neighborhood before you begin your search.
It’s safe to say that you don’t want to live in a neighborhood that is going to devalue your home. Check out the property values and sales histories of the homes in a neighborhood, either by visiting the local property appraiser’s office or asking your Realtor, and choose a neighborhood where the properties are increasing in value. Also, take some time to drive around the neighborhood to see if the neighbors take care of their properties, or if they make you want to run in the other direction.
Whether you like it or not, your career will have to play a part in the neighborhood you choose. A neighborhood that you love can quickly become a neighborhood that you resent if you have to spend hours in the car every day commuting to and from work.
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Consider the perks some communities offer: swimming pools, tennis courts, parks, nature trails, etc. If you are willing to pay homeowner’s association dues, then you may want to look into neighborhoods that provide a more full-on living experience for residents.
When shopping for a house, it is important to remember that the neighborhood is just as important a consideration as the house itself. Take these useful tips into account when sizing up your housing prospects and you can rest assured that you are doing the most to secure a living environment that is best for you.
Danilo Boyar is a real estate specialist who enjoys helping people look not only for new homes, but for new neighborhoods in areas they’ll truly love living in. He recommends sites like Tenant Hunter to those who’d prefer to rent instead of buying or selling a home.
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