Which Neighborhood Is Best For You: Tips from Pekin Realtor®, Brad Barnard
Buying a home is a big decision, but where to buy it should be just as important. Not researching where an interesting home is located can not only spell trouble for you, but it could end up costing you big money. According to Pekin Realtor®, Brad Barnard doing your area research is a big deal.
While searching for homes many people will be influenced by their commute to work. Even though this is a legitimate concern it is not the only criteria for location. There are many other things to look at before you make such a large decision.
You should always consider the schools in a selection. Even if you don't have children one day you may want to sell and chances are the potential buyers will have them. Schools are an important part for many buyers and often become the deciding factor when making the final decision.
If you are unfamiliar with a school zone then you can do some research and find out their test score averages to help you out. These are posted in any number of locations or you can simply log on and pull test scores up by the school's name.
If you find a desirable neighborhood take the time to check out what surrounds it. The adjacent neighborhoods will tell a lot about the area. Also, look into how far you are from shopping, hospitals, doctors, etc. Having a long commute every time you need to run an errand will get old very quickly.
Have your Pekin Realtor® pull up the history of the neighborhood. This can tell you many things such as what the average asking price is, the average sold price and what the difference between the two is. You can also see how many homes are on the market and how long they typically take to sell. There is also information on property values in the neighborhood and how they have held up or dropped.
Lastly, when you find a potential neighborhood take some time and drive through it to see how it is being maintained. If other homeowners look as if they don't care about their yards or homes chances are your property value will suffer as well.
For more tips on choosing the right home for your needs, contact Pekin Realtor®, Brad Barnard at 309-241-0313 or drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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