Most new home buyers focus on trying to find their dream home. They rarely give much thought to the neighborhood that they will be living in. Dr. Andrew Schiller, the geographer that founded Neighborhood Scout, said that people have their priorities wrong. Schiller recently told MSN that they should only look at houses after choosing the communities that they would be happy to live in. Here are some things that you will need to consider when choosing a neighborhood.
Choose Your Lifestyle Preferences
You will want to find a community that caters to your lifestyle. Do you want to have privacy or have a lot of neighbors around? Do you want to live within walking distance of the local bars or is in close proximity to your gym?
You may need to make a tradeoff between having privacy and having access to the services that you want. However, you may be able to find a community that provides both. You will want to look for a home in a community that satisfies your needs.
Always remember to think about your long-term needs. Many people that are looking for a new home have recently undergone a major change in their lives. They haven’t come to terms with the fact that their priorities are about to change. They may be a young couple that is looking for a community with a lot of nightlife, but should be looking for a family centric community if they want to raise a family. On the other hand, a person that just went through a divorce may want to move near the local singles bars instead of the quiet neighborhood they just left.
School Districts Can Be Good Neighborhoods for Everyone
Many people assume that nearby schools are only relevant if they either have children or plan to have some in the future. However, they can actually be a good place to buy a home for everyone.
According to Michele Lerner of the National Association of Realtors, houses near school districts tend to preserve their value much better. This can be especially important if the housing market tanks again. Your Realtor is legally prohibited from giving information about specific schools, but they can give you resources to help rate the schools in the area to find out where demand will be highest.
You will want to find out what your commute is going to be like in the morning. You will not only want to think about how far your house is from your work, but also what routes you will be taking each day. You will want to know how congested traffic will be each day on your route to work before considering buying a house in any neighborhood.