What is your family looking for in a neighborhood?You've finally found the home of your dreams. It's got great light, huge closets, and it's in your price range. But before you sign on the dotted line, it's important to venture out and make sure the neighborhood meets your expectations. Safety, of course, is the major concern, but there are other points to ponder as well. Crime stats, school ratings, and neighborhood amenities are just a few considerations. Read on to smartly assess your new home's surroundings (and then go pick out curtains).
1. Real Estate Reconnaissance. Count up the other homes for sale or rent on your block and visit a few areas nearby, too. If you find a large number on the market, it could be a negative: too many available spots might mean people are leaving the neighborhood. Empty apartments and homes can attract graffiti, trash, or worse.
2. Service With a Smile. You may not need take-out or puppy grooming on every corner, but look around for some of the more common businesses you tend to patronize. GoRead More »from How to Find the Right Neighborhood for Your Family