Learn How to Find a Neighborhood
Finding the right home doesn’t just consist of looking for a house and deciding to live there – it also involves looking for a good neighborhood. When you’re out there hunting for a house, it’s so easy to focus on that beautiful backyard or that nice cozy fireplace. Sure, those things are big joy factors, but what about the neighborhood that backyard is located in? Taking time to find a good neighborhood that is just a comfortable as your home and just right for you is a big part of securing your happiness as a homeowner.
Here’s what you can do in order to find a neighborhood you’re going to love:
· Speak to a local.
Mind you, we’re not telling you to go to the neighborhood and go from door to door knocking. Real Estate Exchange Portal makes it easy for people to find out what real neighbors think about their community. Go ahead and look up a neighborhood you’re interested in to see what the locals have to say about it. You’ll also be able to find information on safety, crime, schools, restaurants, entertainment, neighborliness, and much more.
· Look for your lifestyle needs and wants.
Just as you took the time to make that needs and wants list for your home buying, you need to make one for finding a neighborhood as well. Do you want a nearby park to take your little ones? Is a walk to dinner and a movie a must?
· Learn about the local vibe.
While you’re reading resident reviews, it’s a good idea to learn about the local vibe as well. Are you looking to live in a neighborhood that offers an amazing holiday spirit? A place where everyone on the street will know your name? Or a place where you can walk to the grocery store?
· Look into the schools.
There are two good reasons why you should look into the neighborhood schools. If you have little ones, you already know that it is important that you find the right school. However, the second reason applies to everyone, even those that don’t have children – houses that are in the best school districts have a tendency to hold their value better and are more appealing to buyers in the future.
· Consider Crime and Safety
How safe is the neighborhood? View the crime map on the portal so that you can see the frequency and types of crimes, along with the crime trends and rates relative to other areas near the neighborhood.
· Don’t forget about the local costs.
A house that has the same asking price in two completely different neighborhoods can have two different effects in terms of your monthly budged. Take property taxes as an example – this is going to vary based on your state, city, and county rates, as well as the school district.
Another neighborhood cost you need to factor in would be the homeowner’s association fee, which some neighborhoods have. Those are going to vary depending on the neighborhood and can cover everything from mailbox painting to snow plowing.
· Go for a walk in the neighborhood.
Once you have narrowed the neighborhood options down to a few, get out there and go for a walk. Nothing beats walking in the neighborhood to get an idea of what it has to offer. This gives you the opportunity to see first-hand how friendly the locals are, how properties are kept up, and if there are flowers planted along the walkway. Go out and eat in
There’s a chance that you could end up buying a home in the neighborhood, so it’s good to get out there and learn all about it.