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Picking the Right Neighborhood

Neighborhood Selection 101

When looking to purchase a new home it is important to look at the big picture. It is important to remember that you are not just buying a house, but you are investing in a neighborhood.

Buyers often spend months coming through floor plans trying to find the perfect home that fits their dreams and their budget. Most People focus on the house and only look at the neighborhood after the fact.

To Thyne Own Self Be True

People often make the mistake of asking their friends and family for advice or insight into neighborhoods. Asking your brother and his wife without kids might not have a good idea of the schools system or activities in a neighborhood and think it’s a fine place to raise a family. On the other hand, a co-worker with children might not have a good handle on the night life scene and places for young professionals to mingle after work.

Don’t forget about the Commute

Sure that tucked away community with the home of your dreams seems great but how much ambience will you get to enjoy when you have to add an additional 30 minutes to your commute to work not to mentioned the added annual cost you will be spending on fuel.

Before you get started, you need to ask yourself what the most important features of a neighborhood are; what makes a neighborhood special to you? Do you prefer:

  • Quiet streets or a busier, active area?
  • Walking to amenities?
  • Trees and parks?
  • Close proximity to shopping and restaurants?
  • Older neighborhood or a newer development?
  • Tight-knit community or anonymity?

Finding the right neighborhood takes some serious homework, but it’s important to pick a community to live where you want to come home every night.

 

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