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Choosing a Good Neighborhood to Buy In

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By : M Shane    99 or more times read
When youíre looking to buy a home, most home buyers know that the most important thing to look for is location. Whereas you can renovate a home or even remove it and start over on the same piece of land, you canít pick up your property and move it to another location.

While every home buyer has their own wants and needs when it comes to location, there are some general concepts that the majority of home buyers want when theyíre buying a home because they tend to be indicators of a more valuable location that will affect the resale value of the home.

Some of these neighborhood features are easily discovered by looking at the internet; there are a variety of places online that you can look up statistics on crime or the quality of schools in an area. Other aspects of a neighborhood are best discovered by firsthand experience of an area so that you can see the atmosphere for yourself. If you are seriously considering buying a home, take some time to not only thoroughly inspect the property, but also use the opportunity to find out what you can about the neighborhood as well.

One thing that you should look for in a neighborhood, no matter how high or low the prices are there, is how well the homes and streets are maintained. A decent standard of maintenance shows that the home owners have a sense of pride in their homes and neighborhood; particularly in areas that have vacant properties, this is an essential quality to have in a neighborhood. If residents stop taking care of their homes and yards, itís easy for values to slide or vandalism to occur.

Another aspect that you should look for in your potential new neighborhood is how livable it is for your needs keeping in mind that your needs may be in the next five to ten years, depending on how long you anticipate being in the home.

Some of the most desirable neighborhood features that home buyers desire are based on proximity. A home that is relatively close to schools, a grocery store, parks, and public transit has a great location, especially if itís not on a busy street. If most of your regular destinations are within walking distance, so much the better; real estate experts say that living in a walkable neighborhood adds value and desirability to a home.

Once you think that you have that perfect home picked out, take some time to walk around the neighborhood and talk to the other residents to make sure that there arenít any problems that you canít see. The more research that you do before you move in, the better prepared you can be for when you take the plunge and move in!

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