Checking out the neighborhood

The location of a home determines its value and desirability; it also determines your overall satisfaction. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t just visit the prospective home on the weekends. What’s the traffic and the noise like on a Monday morning. Will you be on a school route? If possible, stay overnight nearby so you’ll have an idea of how things are on a workday 8am.
  • Check the sidewalks. Sidewalks are a safety measure and should be in good repair. The lack of sidewalks may mean that taking a stroll around the neighborhood could be a risky proposition,
  • Local foreclosures. Foreclosure trends can be a good indicator of the local job market as well as the state of the neighborhood long-term.
  • Local amenities. Do your homework on schools, crime rate, parks as well as nearby shopping.
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