~~Finding a home is about more than the house itself. Every neighborhood includes a particular feel, events, and other offerings. Several considerations may affect your decision to select a property.
What to Investigate
About the Schools
Each neighborhood belongs to a specific school district which can differ in quality. Understand the school district boundaries before selecting a home. School information can normally be found on the Internet. You may call schools for specific details or to plan a tour of the school.
Real Estate Market Trends
Real estate is most importantly about location, location, location. Review the real estate prices in the particular neighborhood as it can vary from others or from the overall town. Average sales price, total homes sold, and length of typical marketing time can give you an indication of how popular a neighborhood is and how well real estate there moves. A local real estate professional can pull these statistics for you. Evaluate not only data for the current year but also for previous time frames.
Take the time to drive through a neighborhood. Note any amenities such as recreational areas and shopping plazas. Visit at different times of day to witness traffic changes. Review the maintenance of nearby houses. Research local crime rates on the Internet and by contacting the local police department. Chat with neighbors as they usually offer details not posted in elsewhere. This will all help you get a better picture of the area before making a real estate purchase.
Find information on the general area and the particular neighborhood on the Internet. This will reveal any recent news or records publicly available. Look for any disputed changes or other news that can affect the quality of living. Neighbors may also be a helpful source of information.
Additional Neighborhood Selection Advice
Buying a home is a huge investment. Looking into the items above will ensure that you are better educated about that investment. Connect with a local real estate broker for answers on particular neighborhoods and for more neighborhood selection advice. Using the services of a real estate agent will also make real estate purchasing less stressful. Feel free to contact SI Premiere Properties at 718-408-1499, to meet with any of our very qualified agents.