How To Pick A Neighborhood You’ll Love When Buying A Home

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How To Pick A Neighborhood You’ll Love When Buying A Home

Real estate and details go hand in hand and when you’re buying a home there are a lot of details to consider. When you purchase a home you’re making a commitment to more than just the home itself. You’re also committing to the neighborhood it’s located in.

How To Pick A Neighborhood You'll Love 

In most cases you’re going to be living there for at least a few years and on average homeowners stay in their homes 7 years. There are certain things you should consider before you purchase a home and the neighborhood it’s located in is one that can often go overlooked.

 

Crime- what you consider safe might not be the same as someone else. Do your research and look into crime statistics for neighborhoods that you’re interested in. Check out the local police department website or visit www.crimereports.com.

 

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Parking- is a garage or assigned parking important to you? Think about if you desire to come home and know exactly where you’ll park or if you don’t mind looking for parking. Another consideration is parking for when you have guests visit. If you’re throwing a dinner party is there a place for your guests to park either in the form of your driveway, visitor spaces, or street parking?

 

How To Pick A Neighborhood You'll Love

 

Walkability- do you want to have the ability to walk to metro, the grocery store, or shopping and dining? Many home buyers look for a home that offers being able to walk to daily needs, work, or entertainment. Neighborhoods that have a good walkability often experience higher home values due to their prime location.

 

Homeowner’s or Condo Association – this is a question that comes up a lot and some homebuyers don’t want to be in a neighborhood that has one. Association management varies by neighborhood and like anything else some are excellent and truly provide value while others are poorly run and a complete disaster. Work with your agent and do your research to obtain as much information as possible if you’re considering moving into a neighborhood with a homeowner’s or condo association. I’ve had clients who love them and clients who have moved because of them.

 

Amenities- if you prefer a neighborhood with certain features such as an outdoor pool, fitness center, tot lot, lake, or walking trails you’ll be able to eliminate certain neighborhoods and focus your search on those that have what you’re looking for.

 

 

Think about what’s important to you for a neighborhood to feature and consider the little details in your day to day life. Your commute, hobbies, and lifestyle are all something to think about when selecting a neighborhood to purchase a home in. Do your research and lean on your agent to help you get answers to your questions.

 

If you know what you’re looking for you will end up making a choice you love both with your new home and the neighborhood it’s in!

 

Additional Resources

Do Not Buy The Best Home On The Block via Luke Skar with Inlanta Mortgage of Madison

 

Looking For The Right Neighborhood via Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate Broker/Owner of House To Home

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Lise Howe
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This is certainly deserving of a feature- I am surprised that you didn't include schools but I definitely agree with your list! 

Mar 03, 2019 03:43 AM #32
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AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
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Thank you for list all this great information. Definitely important where the biggest investment will be set. Have a great week.

Mar 03, 2019 12:08 PM #33
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Andrea.B Ferreira 954-303-8289 CRS thank you! I hope you have a great week as well, happy Monday!

Mar 04, 2019 06:12 AM #34
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Good morning Amanda S. Davidson,congratulations on the well deserved feature. Selecting the right neighborhood takes some research. Great job on the list of areas buyers should look for. Have a great Monday!

Mar 04, 2019 06:50 AM #35
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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As always, terrific information and in and a really easy to read format!

Mar 04, 2019 07:18 AM #36
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Amanda, that's what having a "niche market" and knowing it inside out is so important to distinguish you from the others! 

On my website, I have a dropdown category called simply "Community". It offers all kinds of info, photos, links, etc. I wrote an epic post that I've utilized over and over again, called: Ten Questions Buyers Ask (about Fishhawk Lake). Many are what you cover here. It saves a lot of time when buyers ask about many of these things, but having lived in my remote community for so long, I like to do a two-hour first tour with my buyers and explain ALL of the minute details of our area that let them know I AM the local expert! (It fuels more interest, more communication, saves them money, protects them if there is an EMS emergency in our rural area and so much more).

I'll bet you do something very similar!!

 Congrats on the *FEATURE*!

Mar 04, 2019 10:50 AM #37
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Beth Atalay thank you! Wishing you a great week!

Mar 04, 2019 11:34 AM #38
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® thank you!

Mar 04, 2019 11:34 AM #39
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate I just went and checked out your website. You are the Queen of Fishhawk Lake. I already knew that but, just from browsing around your website if I didn't know you it really shows how deep your knowledge is. Niche is the way to go, I had to admit I wish I'd known that when I first got into real estate. Not only does it make you an expert, it's way more fun! Your Passion for Fishhawk Lake truly shines. 

Mar 04, 2019 01:28 PM #40
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Amanda:

There are some really important tips here for buyers when selecting a neighborhood. It's an important decision since the purchase is NOT just about the house but about the community and lifestyle. I often find buyers are also interested in the schools, and the nearby commuting routes!

Jeff

Mar 04, 2019 08:25 PM #41
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Jeff Dowler, CRS both schools and commuter routes are great ones too, you're right, they come up a lot as well. Thank you!

Mar 05, 2019 05:22 AM #42
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M.C. Dwyer
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Great post!    I often suggest people visit their neighborhood at different times of day and days of the week to really get what it will feel like to live there.

Mar 05, 2019 09:17 AM #43
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Amanda S. Davidson
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M.C. Dwyer that's a great suggestion!

Mar 05, 2019 12:32 PM #44
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Kimo Jarrett
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L3, area, neighborhood and access. Get the first three right and you'll likely find a property regardless that is suitable with all the elements in your post. Some neighborhoods are sought by buyers, many of whom are ready and willing to pay a premium price to live in the neighborhood. Great post.

Mar 05, 2019 03:05 PM #45
Rainmaker
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Kimo Jarrett I agree, thank you for your comment!

Mar 06, 2019 04:56 AM #46
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Good tips...it seems as though after a buyer figures all this out...they can't find what they want with the price they want to pay!

Mar 06, 2019 10:44 AM #47
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR lately that really does seem to be the case. I can relate to you on that 100%!

Mar 06, 2019 11:44 AM #48
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Ryan Vinco
Encore Real Estate Investment Services - Detroit, MI
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A great article filled with good information about choosing thr right place for your home. Thank you for sharing, Looking forward to more!

Mar 29, 2019 11:50 AM #49
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Ryan Vinco thank you! I appreciate your comment. 

Mar 31, 2019 02:23 PM #50
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Dave Rosenmarkle
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Great post. Over the years, I have observed that the neighborhood buyers very often end up in are the ones that they feel are inviting, homey and appealing as they make their first entry to the neighborhood.

Apr 07, 2019 10:33 AM #51
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