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Researching The Perfect Neighborhood
There’s an episode of the TV show “How I Met Your Mother” where the characters of Marshall and Lily decide to buy a home in a neighborhood they are unfamiliar with, only to learn later that it sits downwind from a sewer plant. The message is obvious: Do your homework before committing.
Does your school house rock?
For starters, investigate the local school district as good schools boost your property value. Research the closest parks and community centers and consider how busy streets impact the neighborhood.
Meet the Joneses.
Profiling the perfect neighborhood also involves meeting prospective neighbors. Walk through the area and say hello to people, and ask them for their impressions of the neighborhood. While you’re at it, look around. Are there lots of kids? Do people walk or jog through the neighborhood at night? Are the lawns kept up?
Location, location, location.
Don’t forget to map out stores and restaurants in the area. You may be used to a five-minute drive to the local grocery store, only to find out that your new home is 25 minutes away from the nearest place to buy milk. Of course, find out if your potential new home is part of a neighborhood association bearing regular fees, and if your community has lawn or construction restrictions.
A good agent can furnish you with a wealth of local information and take you on comprehensive tours. With a little groundwork you can help ensure that your dream house is surrounded by a dream neighborhood.
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