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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Buying a Home: How to Choose a Neighborhood That You Will Love

There's more to the home buying process than just choosing a home, you also want to find the perfect neighborhood.  After all, one really bad neighbor could really make or break your experience living there. When shopping for a new home remember to consider the following to ensure that you decide on the best neighborhood for you:

1. Convenience

It's important to consider the convenience of the neighborhood for you and your family.  Especially if you don't like to drive a far distance just to do daily tasks.  Some things you may want to ask yourself:

  • How long will my commute to work be? 
  • Is there a school nearby for my children?
  • How close is the nearest freeway?
  • Is there a grocery store, gas station, bank, restaurants, etc nearby? 

2. Safety

One of the biggest concerns with buyers shopping for a home is the safety and location of the neighborhood. After all, it's important to have the comfort of knowing you can walk around at night without feeling afraid and can leave your house during the day and not have it vandalized or broken into.  One easy way to figure out the crime in the neighborhood is to do research online and find crime statistics for that specific neighborhood.  

3. Transportation and/or Parking

If you have a car, consider whether the home has ample parking space for you and any potential guests that might come over.  The cost of parking tickets or vandalism to your car can add up quickly so it's important to make sure you have a designated parking spot or garage area.  If you don't own a car, you'll want to check to see what options there are available for public transportation in that area.  

4. Look and Appeal

You're much better off buying a home in a an attractive neighborhood rather than somewhere drab and poorly taken care of.  Your home is somewhere you come home to every day to relax and unwind and should be a place that makes you happy.  It's much harder to do that when you don't like what you see out of your front windows.  

5. Personal Necessities

Are you the type of person that likes to go the gym every day or go out to eat a lot? If so, you might want to consider a home that is also located nearby to the places that are important to you.  Some common amenities that people often like to be able to have nearby:
  • Parks
  • Hospital
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Convenience Store
  • Shopping
  • Post Office
The most important thing to remember is to make sure you fall in love with not only the home, but the neighborhood too.  If the two happen to align, then you've probably found the right home for you.

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