When people think about their dream home, many have an image of the huge workshop in the garage, the pool in back yard, the high tech entertainment room, the ultimate chef kitchen etc… But many people neglect the other half of the equation. The neighbourhood. We're going to be talking about how you can actually the right neighbourhood for you.
4 Crucial Tips To Uncovering The Answer!
1) Look at Public Services: With big budget cuts and taxes raising and falling, many towns and cities have cut back on the public services they offer.
What can you do? Drive through a potential neighborhood, and then through the town, and look carefully for signs of upkeep. Are the streets clean? Are the parks in good condition? Is the grass cut?
2) Look at Schools: If you have kids, then the quality of local schools is a huge issue. Even if you don't have children or plan on teaching a homeschool curriculum, schools still matter simply because when it comes time to sell, your buyers will likely have kids.
What can you do? Research the local schools. Talk to a local Realtor® who knows the area, check out the school board online, read reviews or talk to other parents you know. It can also be helpful to attend a PTA meeting to talk with local parents. They'll tell you candidly how well (or badly) the schools are doing, and if they're having budget troubles as well.
3) Examine Clues: A great detective always looks around for clues to help them build a bigger picture.
What can you do? Picture yourself in the neighborhood. Go through your daily routine to make sure you'll still have the same quality of life. For instance, if you run every morning, are the roads safe enough for your morning jog? If you bike to work, are there bike lanes for you to use?
4) Talk to People: Remember, you can always make home improvements to your house if there's something you don't like. But changing your neighborhood? It's not so easy.
What can you do? Talk to your potential neighbors. Find out how they like living there and what they're like. Ask them about the pros and cons about the neighbourhood . And again, talk to a local Realtor®, they should know the area like the back of their hand.
Getting to know the neighbourhood not only helps you find the right one for you and your family, but also great deal too. Take a tour of 5 to 6 homes in the area you are searching in. Not only will you find older listings that are easier to negotiate on but you will also become a market expert at the same time. So now that you know how to find the right neighbourhood, go find that dream home!
The Premier Home Group
Ryan Smith & Lindsay Russell
Keller Williams Edge Realty, Brokerage
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