tips when shopping for a neighborhood
There's more to shopping for a home
than just looking for a house. A big
part of the purchase is about the neighborhood and surroundings.
So before you move, know what to look for:
The cardinal rule of real estate is location. Is the house close
schools, new jobs, parks, downtown or public transportation? Figure
locations and distances that are most important.
2. Keep your budget in mind.
Don't let high-gloss brochures interfere with
your bottom line. Luxury neighborhoods are beautiful, but make sure
financially comfortable buying a home in a fancy location before
3. Thriving or declining?
Is your dream neighborhood improving, or settling
into obsolescence? Are the neighbors keeping up their properties?
an abundance of 'For Rent ' signs?
4. Extra fees.
If your dream neighborhood has a homeowners' association
(HOA), make sure you budget for monthly HOA dues.
5. Holding value.
Shopping fixer-uppers? Remember not to improve the
property beyond the rest of the neighborhood. Putting too much work
your house may mean you won't recoup all your investment when you
6. Go before you buy.
Explore your new neighborhood outside of the open
house times. Are the streets usually full of cars? Is there a drummer
dog living next door? Talk to potential neighbors and get the scoop
submit an offer.
Of course, you don't have to find your dream house on your own.
If you or someone
you know is ready to buy a new home, call me today!