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Hoffman Estates Illinois - What makes a good neighborhood? Lyn Sims (847)230-7324 RE/MAX Suburban
What Makes a Good Neighborhood?When you buy a house, you also invest in the neighborhood that surrounds it. The identity of a neighborhood may be as important to property values as the individual properties themselves. In a “planned community”, strictly controlled architecture governs a carefully crafted identity block after block. In a rural town, tree-lined streets and an old-fashioned town square preserve a disappearing way of life. In a large city, an older neighborhood's ethnic history has shaped its character and often drives its rejuvenation. It's important to know where a neighborhood has been—and where it's going—before you decide to buy.
1. Start with StatisticsIt's now possible to get valuable neighborhood statistics online. Crime statistics, school scores and demographic information are all readily available.  Check the village websites for specific information on the town as a whole. Park Districts are important and so are the schools in a particular community so study these carefully.  Demographics can now be found by zipcode here.
2. Check with the City or Village HallYou can get any kind of town planning document from your town or county's zoning and/or planning authorities. If you want to be sure that the rural hideaway you just bought stays rural, check ... more

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