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7 Tips for Choosing a Neighborhood

Buying the perfect home is so much more than finding a great floorplan or spacious yard.  One of the biggest influences on the quality of life is the neighborhood in which the home is located. Choosing the best neighborhood for you and your family can affect your lifestyle in many different ways. Here are 7 important tips for identifying and choosing the right neighborhood for you and your family.

1. Know Your Budget – Prices can vary drastically within a few miles based on the community.

2. Research the Local Schools – Even if you do not currently have school-aged children, schools affect property values more than any other single influence.

3. Remember your Lifestyle – Choose a neighborhood which allows you the kind of lifestyle which suits you. Would you like an urban feel or perhaps easy access to hiking or boating?

4. Check out Amenities – Ask about the community amenities: gym, pool, sports courts, parks, etc.

5. Read the HOA Rules – Every association has rules and regulations which affect the owners’ use of their property. See if this information is availble to potential home owners or visit the communitiy's webiste, if they have one.

6. Study the Market – Ask your real estate agent about the property values and growth.

7. Remember Your Commute – If you've found a property you love, you may want to test the amount of time it takes for you to travel to work, your place of worship and/or other places you commute to frequently from the property address.