Many people think that location is most important when selecting a home. Even if you have other factors that are just as important, location is surely near the top of your list. The perfect house will not feel perfect if it’s in the wrong neighborhood and you can’t move a home to a new location. So, when you are looking for a home to buy, you should begin by selecting the right neighborhood.
Know What You Want
Before you begin comparing neighborhoods, consider what you want. Do you want to live in a quiet subdivision or do you prefer the bustling nightlife that comes from living in the center of a city? If you have kids, a nice park and cul-de-sac may be important. A young professional may want to be close to work or near friends in town. Once you have the image of the ideal location, you can start searching for that neighborhood.
Visit the Neighborhoods
While you can do a lot of research online for a home, you can’t get a feel for the neighborhood until you visit. Drive through the area at different times of day. Notice how quiet it is during the day compared to the evenings or weekends. Notice the different people walking or spending time in their yards. These will be your neighbors.
Consider Future Value
Most people move at least once or twice in their adult lifetimes, so don’t think you’re going to live in your new home forever. Consider the neighborhood and whether it’s growing or dying. An area with new businesses moving in nearby will attract more homeowners. A neighborhood that is run down with many homeowners moving out continue to lose value unless changes are made. Be careful of where you invest your money because one day you will have to sell.
Discover What is Around You
Check out the local businesses. Visit that coffee shop one morning or eat dinner at the restaurant on the corner. Research the school and other businesses as well as crime statistics. This will help you determine if this is the kind of neighborhood you want to spend the next five to ten years or longer in.
Remember that your neighbors are like an extended family, and decide if that thought makes you smile or cringe. Take the time to pay close attention to where you plan to live.
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