Real Estate Q&A: Is This a Good Neighborhood?

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You've decided you want to be closer to family, or you want less of a commute to work, or perhaps you want better schools for your kids.  Whatever your reason, you have an idea of where you want to live. You may have narrowed it down to a few towns or areas, but you haven't researched the neighborhoods.

Of course, you can go online and Google or Bing information.  This would be a good place to research crime data.  

Here are a few links for more information:

 

The best way to get good data?  Spend some time in the neighborhood!

  • Drive through the neighborhood early in the day, midday and at night
  • Take notice of the other houses/yards in neighborhood.  Notice any junker cars?  Poorly kept yards? Outrageous paint colors?
  • Do you hear any barking dogs?  Airplanes flying overhead?  A garage band next door?
  • Visit the neighborhood or community park or pool and talk to the neighbors
  • How far are you from conveniences? Grocery store? Gas station? Library? Church? Restaurants? 

How do you know if the neighborhood is nice?  A combination of online research and "hands-on" experience. 

 

 

 

Real Estate Q&A: Is This a Good Neighborhood?

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Robert Haynes
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Good post and links. With this being such a common question among buyers, these links are a great resource to pass on to them.  Nothing is as good as checking out the neighborhood at various times of the day/week!  

August 24, 2012 07:39 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Donna -- what is good to you may mean something entirely different to me or to someone else.  You have great links so buyers can find out for themselves.   As we hear over and over again and with good reason when asked these types of questions -- cite the source.   Very good post - Well done.

August 24, 2012 09:53 AM
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Donna Foerster
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC

Hello Robert~ Somethings you will just never know, whether or not the neighbor is good about shoveling snow (if you are buying in the spring/summer) but there is a lot you can get a feel for just be spending a bit of time in the neighborhood before you make the decision to buy.

Michael J.~ My goal is to educate consumers to make good decisions.

August 24, 2012 05:04 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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I have often suggested to buyers that they do some door knocking in the neighborhood, or approach folks who are out doing yard work on the weekends.  People like to talk about their neighborhoods.  Good, bad and in between.

August 31, 2012 12:32 PM
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Donna Foerster
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC

Chris Ann~ Good advice.  The best way to make a decision is to "experience" the neighborhood.

September 01, 2012 07:17 PM
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