How to find the right neighborhood.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with NextHome Antonelli Realty 3137972

So your ready to move from your current home, but not sure which neighborhood you want to move. Houselogic provided several key aspects when considering different neighborhoods. Here are their top 5. There's something to be said about location, location, location. 

How to find the right Neighborhood

Property Taxes

Click the blue link to check out this property tax map. This can play a major role in your overall expenses. 

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Safety and Crime

Before you fall in love with a home, search City-Data.com and CrimeReports to find out the safety level of a particular neighborhood. Your real estate agent is unable to give you an opinion based on the Fair Housing Act.( This act aims to provide equal access to housing for all groups of people and to protect against discrimination).

Topography and Geography

Obviously, homes with a view can add to the value, but also look for flood zones, sink holes, or other danger-prone areas when making a decision.

Property Value

When looking at homes, your agent will pull listings of comparable properties, or comps, to see what other similar homes sold for so you can see if the home you’re interested in is priced correctly. 

School Zones

School zones come to mind when thinking of location, especially if you have children (or plan to have them soon), as they tend to affect home values. If schools are important to you, evaluate the schools in your neighborhood and which homes fall into which district. Additionally, there may be community centers or parks that increase the value of the neighborhood.

 

Always ask questions. You should feel comfortable with your agent. Do not hesitate to question something that may not seem right or too good to be true. After all, it's a decision you have to live with.  

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