How to choose a neighborhood

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Real Estate Agent with The Dream Connectors

 

One of the biggest questions that I am asked as a REALTOR is how do you choose a neighborhood.  That question can be difficult!  My normal responses are to drive the neighborhood on the weekends and at night.  Why?  It is important to see if there are late night parties in which the neighbors drag the living room sofa out on the front lawn.  I know that for a fact because before I sold my last house, I had neighbors that did just that!  What other things might interest you to find out?

  • Beer Cans all over the lawn
  • Dogs that bark all night long
  • The neighborhood mechanic that has cars all over his lawn
  • The kids that play baseball in the front yard next door
  • The lawn that never gets mowed
  • The train that goes by at 2am

But, beware because no matter how you try to prepare yourself you will always be in for a surprise!  Some things can be avoided, but you will always have those good and those bad neighbors.  I, personally, have both good and bad.  My best neighbors don't care that at any given time there are 10 boys in my front yard having a wiffle ball tournament.  In fact, 2nd base is the tree in their front yard.  They are the ones that when you notice their sprinkler has been left on for 6 hours straight, you don't mind going next door to turn it off.  On the other hand, you have those like my other neighbor.  They gripe that I water my yard.  They don't care what time it is.  They even insist to my lawn guys that they have to shut off my sprinkler system.  They gripe because I have one windchime in my backyard that was custom made by my grandfather.  They gripe, they gripe, they gripe.  So, what do you do about them?  You want to go out and buy every windchime avaliable!  But, really you just have to be nice and say, "I'll get right on that, when I have a chance."  Hey, we are all busy people...isn't when you have a chance a good answer?

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TIM MONCRIEF
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Perfect comments.  I am quite partial to my neighborhood, so I use those items heavily in my closing arsenal.  I tell them that they have to come here at night so you can look down to the city below, the views are mesmerizing.

Additionally, I tell people to drive "X" neighborhood early in the morning to gain a feel of the traffic and the same fory "Y" neighborhood so you can make a decision which is best for you.

June 29, 2009 06:35 PM
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Sara Goss
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HatmakerGroup.com GMAC Real Estate

Good topic! On the weekends people are outside and it's easy to strike up a conversation, ask them "how do you like it here", or "how is the hoa?" Rush hour traffic is important, and check out the schools at opening and closing, how clogged does the area get? Sounds like you have a good neighborhood overall just one grumpy next door neighbor. Bring him some cookies?

June 29, 2009 06:43 PM
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Our hands are really tied when it comes to this.  I also refer clients to the School Report Cards online as well as Statistics for a particular town, clients are smart enough to draw their own conclusions.   And to be be frank, they have to draw their own conclusion or bye bye license.

June 29, 2009 07:00 PM
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Christopher Shaw
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Great post, this is something that all first time buyers should read before they buy. This can be important for investors before they acquire a home as well, as "The Donald" always says, Location, Location.  I would rather buy the worst property in the best area, than the premier property in the worst area.  Look before you leap buyers. 

 

   
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Sylvia, response when posed with the question as to what the right neighborhood is.  I also recommend speaking to the neighbors if you are interested in a particular property. 

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