The perfect neighborhood for you

When you are buying a new home, you hear from those around you that location is important. It is very important, and depending on who you talk to, you might even hear that the neighborhood you choose is more important than the actual house.

A good real estate agent will be sure to remind you that you are not just buying a home, you are also buying into the neighborhood ( This is incredibly important because the house may not have the perfect kitchen or closet, however, that can be changed with a good contractor, a neighborhood/area cannot be changed.

Research is so important in this case, including some in-depth conversations with your realtor/real estate agent. The real estate agent is not allowed to specifically guide you towards one neighborhood over the other, and information about race and financial information is off limits, however, they can still provide a lot of good information about the neighborhood and the HOA.

Internet research and even some in-person “looking around” can give you a lot of information. You should look into the crimes of the area/neighborhood, since you want to feel safe and comfortable in the home you will likely live in for decades.

Whether you have children or plan to have children the schools in the area should be important to you. The best plan of action is to look into the public and private schools in the area, so you are better informed/prepared.

Look at the house’s proximity to regularly visited businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, dry cleaners, gyms and other businesses and locations you frequent. If you have pets and/or children, you will also want to look into nearby parks and playgrounds.

If a clean, well kept and organized neighborhood is important to you then you will have to look into the level of involvement from the HOA. If the HOA and the residents take pride in their homes and the neighborhood is well groomed and maintained, you will know what is expected of you and what you can expect of your neighbors.

On the other hand, if you are more laid back about the external appearance of your home and neighborhood you should stay away from areas with highly involved HOAs and strict guidelines and requirements.

There are several other factors to look into and your real estate agent can be a great help to you when creating a comprehensive list for your research ( 

Amin Vali 

Civil Engineer, MBA, Real Estate Agent

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