After spending several years in new home sales, I decided to go out on my own and launch a new business after I noticed a need among buyers aged 55 and over for a resource that would help them find the right active adult community for them. That signal led me to create a space, 55places.com, where we could offer information beyond the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in a home listing, but that gets to the core of a living space. With the goal to help buyers make the most informed decision possible when it comes to where they settle down, we figured out that the important details are community photos, amenities and activities and reviews from actual residents.
But whether you’re buying your first home or your fourth, the purchase is about more than just square footage and countertop finishes. We believe that the neighborhood you live in is just as important as the home you live in, which is why we launched Neighborhoods.com.
Why do we believe that factoring the neighborhood into your home search is of such paramount importance? There are plenty of smaller decisions that go into making the larger decision of buying a home — which is arguably one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. But neighborhood-related factors will have a huge impact on your life beyond move-in day. That’s why the neighborhood you choose is just as important to scrutinize as any other detail in your home purchase.
Your Neighborhood Determines Your Lifestyle
Are you a homebody or do you prefer to spend your weekends at local street fairs and block parties? Do you drive to the grocery store or would you rather walk to local supermarkets? Are local school ratings important to you? These are just a few examples of the vital questions to answer for yourself before you sign on the dotted line. Being well-versed in the neighborhoods you’re interested in and how each matches your ideal lifestyle (or doesn’t) can help you narrow your search and increase your odds of locating your ideal home.
There’s A Perfect Neighborhood For Everyone
While you’ll often see articles rank the best neighborhoods in a particular region, the truth is that the “perfect” neighborhood differs greatly from person to person. The right neighborhood for your co-worker might not be the right neighborhood for you, which is why it’s important to work with an expert real estate agent who can help guide you through the nuances of living in one neighborhood versus another.
As The Old Saying Goes, It’s All About Location, Location, Location
Buying your perfect home in a neighborhood that isn’t the right fit can quickly turn your dream into a nightmare. That’s why it’s important to do your research before buying. Keep an active eye on market trends so you can make an educated choice and avoid losing money on an eventual sale. Beyond considerations like lifestyle, buying a home is ultimately an investment. Choosing the perfect neighborhood means making sure that the investment you’re making is a smart one.