By Kalista Mefford – Keller Williams Realty
Buying a new home in a new country is both exciting and full of the unknown and finding the right house is just one part of choosing the best option. Finding the right neighborhood is critical to your overall satisfaction in your new home. That is why many realtors will recommend that you first shop neighborhoods before you shop for the perfect house. Crime, Schools and Amenities are among the most important considerations as you search for the right community to call home.
The safety of the neighborhood is the first factor most new home buyers consider. Search local crime statistics through local police sites and public online search sites. If possible, spend time driving through the community, talk with neighbors, and pay attention to the security of the homes themselves; a community where most homes have extra security could be a sign of trouble. Ask your realtor is the homes they are sending you have a home security system, bars on the windows or doors. Here are some websites that help you evaluate area safety:
A big factor in home values and growth over time, school performance. You that is why it is important to consider the schools regardless of whether you have children or not. Local school districs have website you can visit and read the latest test scores and rankings. You may also want to consider if the schools offer AP classes or other college level courses. Do not forget to read about the extracurricular activities, do they have arts and athletic programs? Learn more about the schools in areas you are considering:
Lastly you will want to think about everyday living. How close are you to the groceries? Are there community centers and gyms? What about great restaurants and entertainment? As you consider potential communities, take note of the local availability of the extras you need.
Finding the right neighborhood to provide you with the lifestyle you want is just as important as finding the right house. Things like crime, schools and amenities will not only effect how much you love your home, but also its resale value in the future so take a little time to research before starting your home search.