7 Important Neighborhood Selection Factors

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

Many decisions go into buying a new home, one of which includes picking a neighborhood. What may suprise buyers is that it's their obligation to conduct their own due diligence. When doing so keeping these 7 factors in mind will serve buyers well.


  1. Schools - Are the public schools well regarded? What are the private school options?
  2. Crime - Will I feel safe in this neighborhood?
  3. Transportation - How easy is it to get around? Is there convenient access to highways and public transit? Are there problems with traffic, lack of parking, etc.?
  4. Demographics - Who else lives here? Will I be able to develop friendships? Will I feel welcome?
  5. Eating and Shopping - What restaurants and stores are nearby?
  6. Recreation - Are there parks and other facilities for sports, entertainment, etc.?
  7. House of Worship - Regardless of my faith, will I be able to find a new house of worship?

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Excellent points Will Hamm 

Sep 11, 2019 07:03 AM #1
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

When we purchased our first home, all we could afford was an area with low rated public schools.  Thankfully, my wife found a magnet school, that was within a short driving distance.  It is important to think through all of your options before you make a long term decision.  Thank you for your list!

Sep 11, 2019 07:22 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Will Hamm - it is really important to consider those 7 points.  Some are more important than others.

Sep 11, 2019 11:20 AM #3
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

A lot of thinking needs to go into making that decision.  These are points for any buyer to consider as important.

Sep 11, 2019 06:52 PM #4
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