Choosing the Right Neighborhood
is the most critical factor affecting a home's value, so when
buying a house it makes sense to buy in the best neighborhood you can
afford. The most desirable neighborhoods tend to hold their value over
time and that will play an important role in the resale value of the
property and in your family's life.
neighborhoods have well maintained homes, close proximity to a
thriving economic center, nearby shopping, good schools, convenient
commute options, good recreational facilities and low crime rate.
some person's ideal neighborhood may vary greatly from anther's, so
make sure that
the home you buy suit your current housing needs for at least several
years. You should get familiar with different communities before you
decide to buy a house. Start by
identifying your priorities and rank them in order of importance, then research into potential areas. Once you have a few areas that
you are interested in, start your research.
good first step when starting your research and investigation is to spend some time in each area you consider (both during the week and on weekends) before picking the neighborhood
that is right for your needs and your budget.
Find out more about the immediate homes around
particular property you want to buy. Are the homes around well maintained and worth
the same or more than the home you are considering? If homes around are remodeling, that means that homeowners are generally happy with the neighborhood. Also
a street with a lot of "sold" or "pending sale' signs is usually in
demand. Watch for signs of overbuilding. If the area becomes
over saturated with inventory this tend to depress property value.
with limited financial resources should look for neighborhoods that are
likely to be in high demand or on a verge of popularity boom in coming
years, or to sacrifice some house amenities, such as remodeled kitchen
or bathroom, to afford a home in a better neighborhood.
Your future home is part of a larger community, so make sure you know
about local problems, noise, traffic, future construction and
developments in the area, zoning restrictions, rezoning,
contamination, etc. Talk to people in the neighborhood, store owners,
people on the street, church members and don't forget to contact the
local municipality planning and zoning departments to find information
sum up, it is impossible to discover everything before buying property,
but you can try to find many things if you do your research properly.
You cannot count on someone else to do better job than you. In order to
protect your own investment never buy property in
an unfamiliar neighborhood or community and never let particular things
in a house that appeal to you override its location and potential
resale value. Always remember that
someday you may have to sell your home to someone else and things that
may not be important to you right now may be important to other buyers.
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