RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

FEB 2019

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE February 2019 75 {Blog Spot} So, what should you be watching out for? Here's how you can find the perfect neighborhood: CHECK IT OUT ONLINE The internet provides an immense amount of information. It's easy to use and entirely accessible for ev - eryone, so you don't have any ex- cuses not to take advantage of it. Look up what everyone is saying about a neighborhood you're inter - ested in. Do people actually enjoy living there? What do they like and dislike about it? Google the crime statistics for the area; safety should be top of mind. SCOUT IT OUT Do drive-bys, and do them at dif - ferent times of the day so that you can get a feel for a certain neigh - borhood. Is there a soccer field or baseball diamond close by? You'll want to know before it's too late whether or not cars will be lined up on your street. Before you set your heart on a specific neighborhood, you want to make sure you're in the know so that there are no surprises after you've moved in. It's also a good idea to check out the traffic patterns in the area. HOW FAR IS YOUR POTENTIAL HOME FROM YOUR JOB? This might not matter to some—or, if you're near retirement, it might not matter at all—but a long com - mute has the potential to become an everyday stressor, one that you don't need or want. If you take the bus, look up the route and times. If you drive, check out the route dur - ing your normal commute times on Google Maps. DO YOUR RESEARCH ON PROPERTY TAXES This could majorly impact your cost of living. Property taxes greatly dif - fer from one region to the next, so be sure to do your research and find out what to expect. Don't let this come as a shock, as you want to be sure you can afford the area you have your heart set on. Also, take this a step further and do some re - search into the cost of utilities and food prices. Ensure your perfect home is in your ideal neighborhood before making a final decision. It's worth taking the time to do research so that you end up with what you really want. RE This article originally appeared on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Visit us at blog.rismedia.com. How to Find the Perfect Neighborhood by David Hakimi L ocation, location, location. Half of buying a home is all about finding where you want to live. You may have found your dream house, but it's not in your dream neighborhood. Before you set your heart on a specific neighborhood, you want to make sure you're in the know so that there are no surprises after you've moved in.

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