Picking a Neighborhood

42-1                Buying a new home is exciting. Whether you’re moving across the country or
across town, finding the right house is just one part of choosing the best option.
The neighborhood in which the home is located is a critical component of
lifestyle as well. Here are 3 of the most important considerations as you search
for the right community to call home.
1. Safety – First and foremost, the safety of the neighborhood is important.
Fortunately, there are multiple ways to get details concerning safety.
Search local crime statistics through local police sites and public online
search sites. Spend time driving through the community, talk with
neighbors, and pay attention to the security of the homes themselves; a
community where most homes have extra security could be a sign of
trouble.
2. Schools – Regardless of whether you have children in the home, or plan to,
the quality of the local schools is a big factor in home values, and is easy to
research. Visit the district’s website and read about their test scores and
rankings. Extracurricular activities are also a large factor in the desirability
of the schools; watch for art, music, and athletic programs.
3. Conveniences – Remember that you’ll need to shop for groceries, work out
at a gym, enjoy entertainment, and dine out. As you drive through
potential communities, take note of the local availability of the extras you
need.
Finding the right home is not enough to live a nice lifestyle. The neighborhood is
just as important. Not only for your enjoyment, but it affects the resale value as
well. Choosing the right community takes a little research, but it’s well worth it to
love where you live.

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