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The neighborhood you choose...
can have a big impact on your
lifestyle ?safety, available
amenities, and convenience
all play their part.
Make a list of the activities ?movies, health club, church ?that you engage in
regularly and stores you visit frequently. See
how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering
to engaging in your most common activities.
Check out the school district. The Department
of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores,
class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special
enrichment programs. If you
have school-age children, also consider paying a visit to schools in the
neighborhoods you’re considering. Even
if you don’t have children, a house in a good school district will be
easier to sell in the future.
Find out if the neighborhood is safe.
Ask the police
department for neighborhood crime statistics. Consider not only the number of crimes but also the
type—burglaries, armed robberies—and the trend of increasing or
decreasing crime. Also, is
crime centered in only one part of the neighborhood, such as near a retail
Determine if the neighborhood is economically stable. Check with your
local city economic development office to see if income and property values
in the neighborhood are stable or rising.
is the percentage of homes to apartments? Apartments don’t necessarily diminish value, but they do
mean a more transient population. Do
you see vacant businesses or homes that have been for sale for months?
See if you’ll make money. Ask a local REALTOR ? or call the local REALTOR ?association
to get information about price appreciation trends in the neighborhood. Although
past performance is no guarantee of future results, this information may
give you a sense of how good an investment your home will be. A
REALTOR ?/sup> or the government planning agency also may be able to tell
you about planned developments or other changes in the neighborhood ?like
a new school or highway ?that might affect value.
for yourself. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three areas, go
there, and walk around. Are
homes tidy and well maintained? Are
streets quiet? Pick a warm day
if you can and chat with people working or playing outside. Are
they friendly? Are their
children to play with your family?
from REALTOR?/sup> Magazine Online by permission of the
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS?/sup>
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