​How To Evaluate A Neighborhood Before Buying?

Location plays a very important role in the home buying process. Evaluating a neighborhood and surrounding areas thoroughly is essential.

When you buy a home, you're investing in a community. You'll spend a significant amount of time and money supporting the schools, community organizations and commercial centers in the area. Before you make the final decision, take a good look at the location and make sure it fits your lifestyle. Some of the most important aspects to evaluate before you buy in a neighborhood are;

  • Proximity: Evaluate the property’s proximity to other important locations in your life mall, grocery, entertainment etc. How long will your commute time be to work? Is there a hospital or doctor's office nearby? What about schools, childcare, shopping, family and friends?
  • Transport: Consider all of your transportation options. How close is the public transportation or is car pooling an option. Depending on the type of community, you may be able to find alternative methods of transportation. Take the time to drive from the new home at different times of the day to your everyday commuting destinations; work, mall, kids school etc. to get a sense of what your daily life will be like.
  • Safety: Make sure you feel comfortable in the area. Drive around the neighborhood at different times of the day and night on multiple days of the week to observe activity and noise levels. Keep an eye for the road and community safety options available in the neighborhood.
  • Schools: Visit and understand the school district. Even if you don't have children in the school system now, you may some day. The district reputation could positively or negatively impact the selling price of your future home as well.

CENTURY 21® real estate professionals are a tremendous resource. Ask your agent for a list of schools, shopping centers, parks or other amenities that are important to you. Buying a new home is about more than the structure and property. It's about your new lifestyle as well.

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