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If you’re moving to a new location, one aspect of finding a new home is choosing the right neighborhood. You may be concerned about a short commute or good schools, but you’ll also want to find an area that fits your personality and family. Here are three tips to help you in your selection.

1. Know What You Want

The first step is to figure out precisely what you want. Are you looking for the perfect picture of suburbia with tree-lined streets and children playing in the yards? Maybe you like the action of downtown with all of the best places to eat and hang out within walking distance. Perhaps you want the sophistication of a neighborhood filled with fun amenities and young professionals enjoying them.

Think about the amenities you would like to see near your chosen location. Maybe public transportation is a priority or a city park. Some people want to be within walking distance of a library or grocery store, while having multiple choices of restaurants will appeal to someone else.

2. Consider the Type of Housing 

In most cases, suburbs equal single-family homes, while downtown living may mean condos or apartments. Think about the upkeep you are willing to take on or how much space you want. While it isn’t impossible to find a townhouse in a suburban neighborhood, it will be much more difficult. Some of the newer subdivisions being built offer more amenities than traditional single-family homes in the older suburbs. For instance, the property may include lawn care, along with a common area for entertaining and pool.

3. Drive By the Neighborhood

The best way to get to know any neighborhood is to drive by. Park your car, get out, and walk down the streets. Find out who lives in this area. Listen to sounds around the neighborhood. Maybe you hear kids playing or a train rolling by.  Visit at different times of the day to get an idea about what life in this area is like. It may be relatively quiet during the day when everyone is at work, while nighttime means loud parties and numerous cars cruising down the street. Only by visiting a neighborhood at different times of day can you get a good feel for what it would be like to live there.

Remember, when you are searching for a home to buy, you are also committing to a neighborhood. Make sure you like both before you make a final decision. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and/or help you find your dream home.