First, Find the Perfect Neighborhood that Fits Your Lifestyle
Buyers, anxious to make a quick home selection, often fail to take into consideration whether their new Charlotte home will work for their lifestyle. Is it in a location within a reasonable commute to the office? Is it near recreational areas that you will be utilizing regularly? Is it near the airport? If golfing is your pastime, is there a public course near the home which you’re considering?
Selecting the neighborhood FIRST is the wise way to shop for a home. Find the neighborhood that is near the necessities for YOUR lifestyle first, then focus on the home.
1. Make a list of all of the amenities that are nearby. Keep in mind the distances and routes to each of these places, being certain that they are acceptable to you or not.
2. What features and local amenities are of importance to you? This is especially helpful if you are choosing between a few different neighborhoods in more than one area.
- Looking for parks and recreation? Are there parks nearby?
- Is the community visually appealing?
- Prefer a private lot? Are there quiet sections, streets, cul de sacs?
- Meet the neighbors! Are the people friendly in the neighborhood?
- Is the neighborhood clean? Yards, streets, parks, amenities?
- Are there mature trees and landscaping?
- Is lot size important to you? Do the lots have large or small yards?
- Are there sidewalks?
- Is the neighborhood a ‘safe’ one? **
- What are the market values of the homes in the area?
- How many homes are for sale in the community?
- How old is the community?
- What is the average age of the residents? **
- Just what are the demographics? **
- What is the proximity to schools, both public and private?
- Are there active community events or organizations?
**Demographics include protected classes of individuals which we, as Realtors® are prohibited from discussing with clients. There are multiple websites which can help you answer these questions on your own.
3. Drive around and walk through the neighborhood. The best way to determine the cleanliness and friendliness of the neighborhood is simply to walk around it and meet the residents.
Originally posted at www.iCharlotteRealEstate.com