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How to Buy a Great House

There are many factors to consider when selecting a neighborhood that is right for you.  Below are just a few of the many factors — you may think of others that are important to you.

Neighborhoods have characteristic personalities designed to best suit single people, growing families, two-career couples, or retirees.

SCOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

It is important that you scout the neighborhood in person. You live in more than your house.

  • Talk to people who live there.
  • Drive through the entire area at different times of the day, during the week and on  weekends.
  • Look carefully at how well other homes in the area are being maintained; are they painted, are the yards well cared for; are parked cars in good condition, etc.

 NEIGHBORHOOD FACTORS TO CONSIDER —

 Look for things like access to major thoroughfares, highways, and shopping.

  • Listen for noise created by commerce, roads, railways, public areas, schools, etc.
  • Smell the air for adjacent commerce or agriculture.
  • Check with local civic, police, fire, and school officials to find information about the area.
  • Research things like soil and water.
  • Look at traffic patterns around the area during different times of the day and drive from the area to work.
  • Find out if the neighborhood is near parks, churches, recreation centers, shopping, theaters, restaurants, public transportation, schools, etc.
  • Find out if the neighborhood belongs to a Homeowner’s Association.
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