Friday, December 30, 2016

Home Buying Information Presented by
The National Association of Realtors estimates that nearly 65% of all homebuyers with children rate neighborhood quality as important. According to the mortgage experts at, quality is defined differently for everyone. Here are a few ideas on how to determine which neighborhood is right for your family before buying a home.

Make a list of important features mortgage professionals say the first step in knowing the “best” neighborhood is to understand which community features are most desirable to you and your family. Some homeowners want access to recreational areas while others are more interested in an easy urban commute.

Research, research, research

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions that most people will make in their lifetimes. Doing it blindly would be irresponsible and potentially lead to disappointment. Mortgage experts at note that websites such as Zillow are an important tool in determining the condition of a neighborhood and will allow a buyer to better understand how home values in the area have changed over time.

Check crime maps

Unfortunately, crime happens even in the most affluent neighborhoods. Most local police stations offer area crime maps and reports. The National Sex Offender Database also list registered sex offenders in an area. notes that this database is searchable by address in most cases.

Don’t skip school

The quality of an area’s schools is one of the biggest indicators of that location’s quality of life. According to mortgage officers, better schools often mean better neighborhoods and a broader range of amenities. Homeowners with children should call the school for which they will be zoned and request a visit to get a feel for the facility and the quality of care their children will receive during the school day.


When moving to a new area, check the neighborhood out during different times of day. Don’t be afraid to open up introductions to neighbors, who will likely appreciate the opportunity to meet the new people on the block.

4100 Alpha Rd
Suite# 112
Dallas, TX 75244
NMLS# 137773
NMLS# 138112