According to the residential mortgage experts at TexasLending.com, more than 2/3 of married homebuyers rated neighborhood quality as important. A good neighborhood can contribute to quality of life by providing a peaceful environment, good schools, amenities, and leisure activities. Before you make a leap of faith to a new neighborhood, however, it’s important to do your research. Here’s how:
Draft your ideal neighborhood and rate contributing factors by importance.
TexasLending.com says that the first step toward understanding what you need in a new home is to figure out what you want to surround it. Do you want the best schools? Access to lakes, rivers, or other water recreation? Do you need public transportation? Rate your ‘wants’ in order of importance and begin your home search based on the top three.
Utilize the internet.
Today’s world means an ever-updated stream of information is available at your fingertips. Use this to your advantage by checking local crime rates, historic home values, and tax rates.