What to Look For When Searching For a Neighborhood
How to Pick a Neighborhood to Live In
The process of buying a home can be incredibly exciting. Imagining you and your family living in a new, better space where you can all enjoy yourselves is motivation enough to work through all the challenges of finding and buying a house.
Let’s face it – knowing how to pick a neighborhood is important!
When you buy a home, you are buying more than just a building. You are purchasing a lifestyle. Where your home is located, the neighborhood that it is located will influence the lives of you and your family for as long as you live in that house.
This makes choosing the right neighborhood an integral part of choosing the right home. So how do you pick a neighborhood?
When looking for a home, most people will settle on a town first and then start narrowing down some of the communities they feel best suited for their lifestyle.
What some people don’t understand is that the neighborhood you choose can have a direct impact on what you pay for a home and ultimately the long term value that it holds.
In most communities, there will be certain neighborhoods that have a particular “cache”.
They are well recognized as being ideal for re-sale due to their extreme popularity. There can be any number of reasons why certain neighborhoods carry a premium over others.
A good local real estate agent should be able to the point of the differences for you. Below you will see some of the many considerations of what to look for when choosing a neighborhood.
Before you start to look for a home, one of the smartest things you can do is put together a checklist of all the things you want in a neighborhood. Look over your list and then prioritize the items.
This will give you a better handle on ultimately figuring out exactly what it is you are looking for. I hope you enjoy these tips for picking a neighborhood you will love being a part of!
Choosing the Right Neighborhood for You
When you talk with your Realtor about the homes you want to look at, the neighborhood where each home is located should be a primary consideration. Here are a few things that you will want to think about when looking into areas. Some of these factors will be a positive influence while others not so much. When people ask how to choose a neighborhood, these are often the most important considerations.
Crime and Safety – Everyone wants to live in a safe neighborhood. However, depending on your budget and the city you want to live in, you may not have the option of life in the safest neighborhood in your town. However, there are varying degrees of safety. Just because a home is not in the top neighborhood does not mean it is genuinely dangerous.You have a variety of options to examine the security of a neighborhood. There are websites where you can type in the address and see the crime history near the home. One really good site for this information is Neighborhood Scout. Neighborhood Scout checks the safety history of crime for most every city and town in America. The site will also compare the neighborhood you are considering to other communities nationwide so you can make informed decisions based on your families needs. Searching methods include overall crime rate, property crime rate, crimes per square mile and violent crime rate. You can also talk to your Realtor about a given neighborhood. Talking to your potential neighbors to get an idea of how safe they feel is another good option. Just make sure to do your research so you are not surprised after you move into your new home.
High Tension Lines – You may find a home in a neighborhood that is a real bargain. The only issue is that it’s located right next to major power lines. This could be a great deal, but there are reasons why the home is so cheap. Some people are concerned about the health risks of being so close to the electromagnetic output from high tension lines. There are in fact conflicting opinions of whether high tension power lines affect our health. Others just don’t like looking out their window at giant power line towers. Lets face it they are ugly. This will be a consideration from some buyers when choosing a neighborhood. It is another issues you will want to keep in the back of your mind when it comes to re-sale.
Parks and Playgrounds – Adults and children alike need access to green space periodically. If you have children, you will want a neighborhood that offers a playground nearby. Even if you do not have kids, it is still nice to be able to take a walk in the park or walk the dog through a natural environment. Often buyers gravitate toward being located in the center of town. Not only for the ease in which they can access most conveniences but also for the enjoyment of the natural beauty that a town common or park may offer.
There are a few other things that may or may not weigh on your mind when trying to choose an appropriate neighborhood. These are what I would consider being secondary considerations although, for you, they may be priorities.