|LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
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REALTORS® are experts in sourcing local information quickly. Ask us about the best set of online tools to research the area and specific neighborhoods.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Buying a home is an exercise in finding the intersection between value and location. You want a home that’s within your price range and meets your needs in terms of size and features. At the same time, you don’t want your dream home to be in a neighborhood that doesn’t meet your expectations.
It can be just as important to research the neighborhood in which you find your home as it is to research its price history, comps, and other dollar data.
Here are five different tips for researching your prospective neighborhood:
1. GOOGLE MAPS IT
When time is short, a Google Maps Street View of properties and neighborhoods can give you a good "virtual" sense of the area, and nearby points of interest.
2. STAY IN AN AIRBNB IN THE AREA
You can’t really get to know a neighborhood until you live there, right? While living on the street where your dream home sits isn’t usually an option before you buy, getting an Airbnb in the neighborhood is pretty much the next best thing in terms of personal experience.
3. CONSIDER HOW HOMEOWNERS AND THE CITY TREAT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
We tend to focus on the other homes in our prospective neighborhood, using things like the condition of neighbors’ lawns and gardens to judge worthiness. For a deeper dive, check out the neighborhood in the context of the individual homeowners as well as the town, city or county’s civic leadership.
Take a look at the condition of the city streets and infrastructure, like parks, street signs and more. Attend a city commission meeting. Look up the city’s budget to see if they’re in debt or have breathing room, as both situations can affect the living conditions in your area.
4. DRIVE THROUGH A NEIGHBORHOOD DURING THE DAY AND THE EVENING
Since you're planning to live in a neighborhood for the long run, be sure the environment suits your needs and expectations. A neighborhood that’s quiet during the day could be busy at night. Take some time to drive through during daylight hours and in the evening. You can also visit the area during different days of the week to get a better feel for life "in the hood."
5. TALK WITH THE NEIGHBORS
City records, real estate agents and various message boards can tell you only so much about the neighborhood in which you want to live. The people who actually live in the area are true experts. If they’re willing to talk with you, they could be an invaluable resource. Tip: nearby coffee shops and parks can be a great place to strike up a conversation.
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