If you’re in the market to buy a home, then you may be shopping for more just a house, you’re shopping for a neighborhood too. Even though there is no such thing as a “perfect neighborhood”, just about every buyer has needs and wants when choosing a neighborhood to live in. Below is an overview of a few key points to consider when shopping for a great neighborhood.
For home buyers with children, often times they look for neighborhoods with great schools. If you are looking for a school-friendly neighborhood, whether its for a child that attends Preschool or High School, check out the interactive map at Parents Education League of LA (PEL). PEL is a non-profit organization that believes families have choices when educating their children and provides opportunities for families to discover the most fitting schools and learning environments. PEL offers the most objective, current, and comprehensive information regarding schools and education, workshops, advisory services, fairs, and publications. As a non-profit organization, it provides opportunities for families and children.
Before choosing a neighborhood be sure to consider whether the community your planning to move to matches your lifestyle. For a family with small children a condo in an urban, trendy neighborhood may not be the best fit. However, a more suburban, quiet and family-friendly neighborhood may fit a families needs more, especially if it has great schools. On the other hand a young, single professional may enjoy a urban neighborhood with a younger demographic. Finding a neighborhood that matches your lifestyle will ensure a happier home life.
Whether your young, middle aged, or retired finding a neighborhood with a low crime rate is often times a priority for home buyers. The online resource www.bestplaces.net is an great website for finding safety information on cities. You can compare one cities crime rates to another, view a list of America’s best and worst cities for crime, and even take an interactive quiz to help you get an idea of what cities might be best for you. There’s also www.crimereports.com which allows users to search for an address on a map and it will list the number of crime incidents reported in the surrounding area.
Depending on what your needs are, different aspects of a neighborhood will be important to you. If are planning to move to a city that is not local to your place of work, public transportation may be an important. Most cities and towns have websites with information in regards to its public transportation. Also, for many, having the convenience to walk to shopping and dining is an advantage. Head to www.walkscore.com to find out where your city ranks in terms of walk-ability.