Things To Check Before Moving Into A Neighborhood

20 Mar

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Things To Check Before Moving Into A Neighborhood.  Buying a home is a very exciting time but you need to be diligent and do your research very thoroughly.  You may be spending the rest of your life living in this neighborhood.  Doesn’t it make sense to spend a significant amount of time checking it out first?  Here are a few things you must check before signing on the dotted line.

1.  Check The Crime Stats – Don’t assume you know whether or not it is a good neighborhood.  Check the sex offender registry.  Google your address – you may find out that your house was once a meth lab or worse.  Check the crime maps for the area, you may be very surprised at what you find.

2.  How Recession Proof Is The Neighborhood – Is the neighborhood in good proximity to job opportunities.  Is it an area that has a multitude of subprime loans that could result in default and leave the neighborhood with a huge supply and no demand.  Look for a more than normal amount of “For Sale” signs or foreclosure notices on the windows.  Check to see if all of the homes for sale in the area all have major price reductions or if it costs less to buy than to rent.  All of these are good indicators that this is a pretty hard hit area and you may need to think twice.  However, on the same note, you will find some great deals here as well.  So if you are in it for the long haul you should be alright.  You just don’t want to get stuck in an upside down home if you end up needing to sell quickly.

3.  Does The Area Match Your Needs – Does the neighborhood have the types of things your enjoy, such as your hobbies, hot spots you like to frequent, parks and recreation, your favorite restaurants.

4.  Does The Area Have Your Necessities – Are your favorite grocery stores available or how far would you have to drive to get to them.  Is daycare close by.  What about the gym and the nail salon etc.

5.  Check The Neighborhood At Different Times Of The Day And Night – This is probably up there with one of the most important things you need to check.  Sometimes a neighborhood will look perfectly normal during the day; however, a drive through during the night exposes a whole other element that you would definitely not want to live around.

These are just a few things that you need to check now and again before you sign your mortgage paperwork because neighborhood dynamics can change quickly and frequently.  The very best way to help avoid a big mistake is to talk to your realtor.  Your realtor has access to all of this information at their fingertips and they would be more than happy to help you get your ducks in a row before you commit to one of the biggest decisions of your life.

About the Author: Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to

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