How to find the ideal neighborhood for your next home

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Imagine moving to a neighborhood that has something you really want, like a nearby shops and restaurants, more parks and walking trails, or a faster commute to work. How would that impact your lifestyle?

Chances are, it would have a big impact! In fact, your choice of neighborhood plays a huge role in your overall enjoyment of your home.

Of course, you might love living where you are right now, but if you’re looking for a change, here are some tips for finding a new area that fits your desired lifestyle:

Make a list. Write down all the things you want in a neighborhood. For example, you might want to live in a bustling urban setting with nearby access to public transit, theater, and shopping. Or, you might want just the opposite! The point is to clearly define your ideal neighborhood.

Go on weekend scouting missions. Check out neighborhoods that closely fit your criteria. Go for a walk. Check out the local amenities (parks, shopping, nearby golf course, etc.) Look at the types of homes in the area. When my husband and I were looking for where we wanted to live next, we spent several years scouting ideal neighborhoods. We would go to the local bars and restaurants, and I will admit the neighborhood we found and fell in love with, might have been about beer:)

Talk to the neighbors. When visiting a targeted neighborhood, try to chat with a few of the residents. If you see someone walking a dog, for example, say hello. Strike up a conversation. Get an idea of what it’s like to live in the area.

Get the facts. There is a lot of data available on neighborhoods, including crime statistics, demographics, and more.

Check affordability. There’s no sense trying to get into an area where the homes are priced way beyond what you’re willing to spend. Conversely, you might be surprised by the type of neighborhood you can afford. Find out.

Finally, the best way to find a home in the neighborhood of your dreams is to get expert help. If you’re looking for that, call today.

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