First Time Buyers

First Time Buyers

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.

o Talk to people who live there.

o Drive through the entire area at different times of the day, during the week and on weekends.

o 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

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

o Listen for noise created by commerce, roads, railways, public areas, schools, etc.

o Smell the air for adjacent commerce or agriculture.

o Check with local civic, police, fire, and school officials to find information about the area.

o Research things like soil and water.

o Look at traffic patterns around the area during different times of the day and drive from the area to work.

o Find out if the neighborhood is near parks, churches, recreation centers, shopping, theaters, restaurants, public transportation, schools, etc.

o Find out if the neighborhood belongs to a Homeowner’s Association.

ONLINE RESOURCES

o WALKSCORE.COM – Provides a reasonable guide to how walkable a house or neighborhood is. It is not 100% accurate, but does provide a good starting point.

o GOOGLE – Search using the property address and city, and use the maps to view property boundaries, topographical overlays, street views, etc.

o MAPS.BING.com – Another way to see what’s next door, what the neighbors’ properties look like, etc.