How to Choose the Perfect Neighborhood
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What’s a beautiful home if you’re not happy with the neighborhood? Location is a major factor, not just for resale value in the future, but also for your overall wellbeing. You want to love where you live. If you’re moving, it will take some thought and research to find a community that suits your personality and needs.
Reflect on Your Priorities:
Make a list of what you need and want in an actual home so you can narrow down your neighborhood options. Keep in mind things such as home size and budget. If something like a big backyard is a priority, you may have to consider a rural area or the suburbs over an urban setting.
Living in the moment is great, but don’t get swept away by the excitement of a new home without considering your future. Where do you want to be in two years? 10 years? Factor this into your decision. For example, if you’re planning a family in the near future, school districts and recreational activities might be important characteristics of a community.
How far are you willing to travel to get groceries? What will your commute time be like? Is dining out your favorite hobby? Decide what amenities you need nearby and take note of the distance and transportation options. Outdoorsy types a faster pace will want easy access to a city.
Look into the Demographics and Statistics:
Communities vary in characteristics like crime rate, home prices, the average age of residents and population size. Be sure to do your homework.
Visit the Neighborhood:
Hang out in your potential community. Go out to eat, take a walk and talk to residents. Make sure to try different times and days, as there could be a big difference between a Monday afternoon and a Saturday night. You want to like both atmospheres. Listen to your gut.
The Internet is brimming with information. Plug the town name into a search engine and see what comes up, read message boards and check the town’s Facebook page. You’ll be surprised at what you can find.
Talk to Your REALTOR®:
Your real estate agent will be extremely familiar with the areas you’re considering. Discuss those priorities you thought about, your hobbies and other lifestyle details and they can come up with your ideal neighborhoods.
Century 21 Town & Country Realty is here to help. We are experts in Gloucester and Salem County real estate. Our South Jersey real estate agents know the communities we serve and will work with you to find the home of your dreams in a neighborhood you love. Contact us today.