The location of your home is just as significant as the home itself. It’s important to find a neighborhood that is a great match for you and your lifestyle. I encourage all my clients to find out as much as they can about a neighborhood before making an offer on a home, but many of them are unsure where to start.
I’d like to share three simple things you can do to learn more about any potential neighborhood.
1. Use the web
There are many websites that can give you details, statistics and data on any area you are curious about. A few great websites to start with are neighborhoodscout.com, city-data.com, and movoto.com. Sites like these will give you information on everything from median home prices to crime statistics.
2. Drive the neighborhood
This may seem obvious but it’s a step people sometimes skip. Once you are pleased with your online research, take a physical tour of the area. You can get a much better feel of the neighborhood by spending time in it. Test out the local conveniences. Try a local coffee shop, visit the parks in the area and find your nearest grocery store. Make sure to visit once during the day and once at night.
3. Talk to the neighbors/locals
In this day and age, so many of us get wrapped up in digital communication. There is a tremendous amount of information to be learned from local residents. When you see someone in the neighborhood, strike up a good old-fashioned conversation and see what you can learn. You just might be meeting your new neighbors.
These steps will help give you the knowledge you need to choose the best neighborhood that will fit your lifestyle. Now find yourself a great buyer specialist and you are well on your way to finding your dream home!