will you know youíve found the right home to purchase?
Itís when you love both the house and the neighborhood
itís in. Finding the right neighborhood is one of the
top home-buying decisions youíll make, because youíll
never love your home if you donít like the
decide where you would like to live, youíll need to do
some soul-searching and some investigating.
a look at your lifestyle and make a list of whatís
important. Do you like to walk to get coffee in the
morning? What kind of leisure activities do you enjoy?
Do you like to get outside and hike or do you prefer to
head to a museum or library? Do you have children or are
planning on having them? Would you like to get involved
in a lot of activities or are you more of a loner?
you have a list of priorities, itís time to do some
sleuthing to find out if a neighborhood fits your needs.
Here are a few things to look for:
youíre looking at a brand-new community, find out if
there will be a grocery store nearby. What about
restaurants, coffee shops and gas stations? How far away
will they be and how long will it take to get there?
walkability is important, see if the area has sidewalks.
If not, itís probably not a pedestrian-friendly area.
In a more established community, go to the area shopping
centers at different times of the day to check out the
crowds and accessibility.
youíre house hunting on the weekends, you wonít get
a clear idea of what traffic is like when you need to
get to and from work. Go at the hours you will be
commuting to get a true picture of the time it will
plans and that of the community are both important to
consider. If youíre thinking of starting a family,
then you might want to consider an area thatís
kid-friendly with lots of young families, parks and
playgrounds. That second-floor condo might not look as
appealing if you need to get a stroller up there every
whatís in store for the community at the planning
office. Will that nearby open space turn into a big-box
store? Is the developer planning another subdivision
that will take away the quiet hillside views? Nearby
road expansions could bring in a lot of traffic and
noise. If youíre looking for a quiet neighborhood,
make sure that it will stay that way.
if you donít have school-age children, buying in a
neighborhood with good schools is still beneficial. Good
schools are good for the resale value of your home.
communities come with a wide range of recreational
options, from hiking trails to swimming pools and
barbecue areas. See whatís available and what you
think you will use. If a neighborhood has everything
from a rec center to swimming pools and a tennis court
and you arenít planning on using any of it, you might
want to consider a different neighborhood. The more
amenities, the higher the homeowner association fees,
and you donít want to pay for things you donít use.
out of the car and go for a walk during times when
people are home. Stop, chat and ask questions. Youíll
get insidersí information ó and find out if theyíre
people youíd like to live next to.