What to Know BEFORE You Move To a New Neighborhood! It's MORE than STATISTICS!

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What To Know Before You Move To A New Neighborhood

 

Home buyers tend to research homes a lot. They look at square footage, upgrades, landscaping, even community statistics! And just about every other "number" on which they can get their hands.

But those are just statistics. What about the home's "feel"?

 

In this 5-minute piece from NBC's The Today Show, a home-buyer can learn a dozen complementary home-shopping techniques to help them review and evaluate a home for purchase. Each is focused on findings you won't find on a website.

One example, instead of scheduling a second visit to the home for the same time of day as the first one, the home-buyer might revisit the home during an "opposite" time. If they originally saw the home in daylight, maybe make the second visit at nighttime. If they first saw a home on the weekend, why not check it out during the work week?

By seeing a home in two distinct settings, a person can get a better feel for what the home and neighborhood are really like.

Some of the other tips from the video include:

  1. Visit during Rush Hour and on a Saturday night. This will help gauge sound levels of the street.
  2. Go to Google Maps and study the aerial shot of the home. What's nearby?
  3. Talk to neighbors. They'll share everything about the neighborhood -- good and bad!

When someone buys a home - they are committing to more than just the property. They are committing to the neighborhood also. Armed with the methods described in this video, a home-buyer will be better prepared to make a good decision.

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Karen Crowson
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All good suggestions, but Number 1 is one I always stress to buyers.

Jul 06, 2011 05:24 AM #1
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Jan Green
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Great post Louise.  I saw this interview with Barbara Corcoran.  Not sure if I remember, but did they mention the google traffic site to find out rush hour driving times?  One of my buyers used that site as we were discussing various locations.  Turns out farther was better, who knew?!  Best of luck!

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