Buying a Home

Location, Location, Location: Finding the Right Neighborhood

You might know what you want in a house – how about where you want it?

When you’re looking to purchase a new home, it’s about more than what’s inside that counts. While you can upgrade the features in your future home, a neighborhood’s culture is much more permanent.

Here are some options to determine whether or not your potential new neighborhood will meet your family’s wants and needs.

Learning more about a potential neighborhood and what it offers for your family can help you narrow down your choices, and allow you to focus on a property that checks most of the boxes on your must-have list.

When conducting your research, make sure you’re looking at the most up-to-date information available. It’s also important to consider your needs today and what they may be in the future, from family planning to retirement.

Visit these resources mentioned above to learn more about your new neighborhood: GreatSchools, Walk Score, AreaVibes, Google Maps and Yelp.

Do your research

Depending what your family’s looking for in a neighborhood, you may want to consider:

  • School District Quality
    • GreatSchools gives parents access to local school information and ratings.1
  • Crime Rates
    • AreaVibes offers comprehensive neighborhood data, including detailed crime rate information.2
  •  Walkability
    • Walk Score evaluates how easy it will be to get around the neighborhood on foot.3
  • Transportation Options and Traffic
    • Google Maps can provide transportation options in and out of your new neighborhood, as well as traffic reports to gauge your future commute.
  • Nearby Businesses and Amenities
    • Yelp can help you see how locals and out-of-towners feel about local restaurants, entertainment venues and more.

Get first-hand knowledge

Set out to learn more about an area personally by:

  • Checking out local businesses and talking to shop owners and nearby residents
  • Browsing local news sites and blogs for reports on what’s happening in the neighborhood
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