Choosing the Right Neighborhood for You and Your FamilyTerohan Nula May 5, 2015 0 COMMENTS
A happy home is often so because of its location. Where you choose to settle should be equally important as the walls, the roof, and the inside of your home. In essence, when you buy a home, you are also buying a part of the neighborhood. It is too easy to get caught up finding the perfect house and miss out on its surroundings. You can make changes to your house, but not the neighborhood.
Mind Over Matter
Top realtors and agents like WRInFocus.com say finding the best neighborhood for your family can be tricky. Buyers tend to see the purchase as an emotional choice instead of an investment. A tip these experts suggest is finding out what the housing market is like in a neighborhood of your interest so you can assess whether the purchase will make a good financial investment.
Make a List
After considering the area’s financial incline or decline, make a list. Narrow down your choices by noting what you can negotiate and what you cannot sacrifice. Neighborhoods have different personalities, so think about the location and then compare your lifestyle. Is your family active? Do you need to be near areas of cultural interests like museums, or leisure spots like stadiums and diners, or practical areas like grocery stores and banks?
Visit During Different Times of the Day
Narrow down your choices and pay each one a visit. It’s important to visit at different times. An area can look charming and quiet in the afternoon, but can become terrifying, maybe even threatening at night. Drive by during rush hour to get a feel of how busy the neighborhood gets.
Finding the neighborhood that fits your and your family’s needs best is only half the battle. But it’s a half that’s worth all the effort and time. You wouldn’t want to finally be going home to your dream home, but wishing it were located somewhere more peaceful or somewhere closer to the city. Your neighborhood is not something you can renovate or paint over.