June 20th, 2019
Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Neighborhood
Our mobile app has the ability to drill into neighborhood and lifestyle details like walkability, driveability, and bikeability as well as nearby schools. Visit our community pages online or download our app in the App or Google Play stores to dig deeper into the population and average income statistics, weather patterns, and more neighborhood-specific details.
Arguably one of the most important factors when looking for a new home is finding the right neighborhood to fit your lifestyle. Finding the right daycare, the perfect hair salon, or your new go-to grocery store is almost as vital as how many beds, baths, and square feet are in your criteria. When you buy a home, you’re buying more than just the building. This purchase will influence the lives of you and your family for as long as you’re there. It is best to consider all the details of your lifestyle and values when searching for your next home. Here are some important factors you should consider when choosing a neighborhood to live in.
A neighborhood’s amenities might be important for your home search. The pool, tennis court, walking trails, or clubhouse are things to consider when looking for your next home. But outside of the neighborhood, what other nearby amenities are important to you? A fully stocked grocery store around the corner or outdoor shopping and entertainment for a Friday night out, close proximity to the office or major highways to help with the commute – These are all things to look for when touring properties and neighborhoods.
While legally your real estate agent cannot sway you in terms of area schools, they can provide you with the right information to make an informed decision. Resources for learning about school ratings can be found online to observe before making your decision. How close is the neighborhood to your kids’ future school assignments? Where is the bus stop? Can they walk home safely?
A neighborhood’s proximity to major roadways or airports might contribute to the level of noise that it is exposed to. Reference this map, provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, to learn about the noise levels in your future neighborhood. Knowing this information could influence your decision to move to a noisier area of town.
Public transportation has become a growing factor in home buyers’ search criteria. Highways, public transportation and international airports might affect a homeowner’s commute to work, making it a large factor in one’s home search. In most modern metropolitan areas, homeowners are also worried about the area’s walkability or bikeability. With more people opting for safe places to walk or bike as a means of transportation, this is important to remember.
Above many things, buyers want to feel a sense of safety in their home. They want to know that their neighborhood, street, and house is in a safe area away from any sort of threat. Real estate agents can provide information for you on the safety of certain areas, but remember to check on things yourself too. Drive through the streets of your future neighborhood at different times of day and night, ask neighbors or people who live nearby their opinions, check local online safety resources, etc.
A great real estate agent will be able to guide you in the right direction of a neighborhood that will blend seamlessly with your desired lifestyle. Having trouble picking the perfect agent for your home search? We can help. Our Referral Services Manager, Jordan Nelson, will play matchmaker between you and an agent at our firm. We consider your preferences and lifestyle when looking at our agent roster to find the perfect agent to help you with this investment.