Before you buy a home, it’s important to learn about your new neighborhood. Along with using my neighborhood expertise, here are some suggestions on how to research whether a neighborhood is right for you.
- Look into the Crime Rates: In addition to the U.S. Census Bureau’s city profiles that list crime statistics, you can try sites (like CrimeReports.com) that offer local maps with real-time crime data. You might also visit the local police department to ask about crime statistics and what neighborhood watches or alerts are in operation. I have this information already, and will be happy to send it your way should you need it.
- Walk the Neighborhood: Visit the neighborhood at various times and on different days to make sure the activity and noise levels are to your liking. If you see residents out and about, ask how they like the neighborhood. Sometimes “insider” feedback can give you a real sense of a neighborhood.
- Review Municipality and Public Services: It can be easy to focus on the condition of your prospective home, but you should also consider the general condition of the streets, sidewalks and parks in your new neighborhood. Take some time to research your new municipality (start with the official website) and the services offered.
- Check School Report Cards: Even if you don’t have children, you should spend some time investigating the area schools. The reason is simple: Good schools tend to attract a higher demand for homes, which can affect the value of surrounding properties. Visit GreatSchools.org where you can find valuable district information from local preschools to colleges.
When you’re in the market for a new home, it can be easy to get distracted by what lies within the walls even though what is beyond them is just as important. When I work with my clients, I make sure that the house and neighborhood are in line with your needs and lifestyle. Please call me if you’d like help in further exploring a new neighborhood; I am happy to help.
Source/Credit: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage