Finding Your Right Neighborhood...Be Like Sherlock!SearchHound

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location, Location, LOCATION!! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Location is a huge factor when moving. But what does a good/bad location even mean? What are we looking for in a prime location?  Be like Sherlock and scope out neighborhoods using these tips!

1. Transportation
Mainly, how you will be getting from Point A to Point B, when Point A is your new home. Are you close enough to walk or bike? If so, are you in a walking/biking friendly environment? Is a car required at all times? Sometimes the distance from your new home to your destination does not represent actual travel time. Find out where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and if it works for you!

2. Point B
Similar to transportation, where you’re going is important. Know your essential Point B’s and where you frequently visit. Think about your bank, grocery store, pharmacy and retail shops. Make sure they're a convenient distance from your prospective home.

3. Schools
If you have children, or are thinking about having children, pay attention to schools! Knowing your children’s home school is very important, but just as important is knowing about the alternatives. Maybe your child fits best at a Magnet, Traditional, or Private school. If you’re sending them away from their home school, think about the commute from your new home. Having a knowledge of the surrounding area schools can only be beneficial in your decision making for buying a new home and finding your right neighborhood.

Did you know there's a correlation between the presence of schools and crime? A 2011 study by the University of New Mexico found that elementary schools have a protective effect against property crimes. Middle schools, however, promote drug felonies, and high schools foster both property and narcotics crime. So, regarding school proximity, aim to be close enough for a short trip, though not a hop, skip and jump away.

4. Amenities
This is your you time! What do you like to do on your free time? Do you enjoy hiking, walking in the park, going to the movies? What about your kids activities? Whatever floats your boat, make sure it is a hassle free transportation to your destination.

5. Economy
Start to notice whether the neighborhood your looking into is declining or on the rise. Pay attention to unkempt parks, littered streets, and numerous “For Sale” signs. Look for indications that the people cherish their property. If you see neighbors out and about and conversing, this is an excellent sign!

Your Move
Remember the point of this post: to understand what to look for in your future neighborhood. To ensure a successful move, evaluate the local:

  • Transportation
  • Point B
  • Schools
  • Amenities
  • Economy


Be like Sherlock Holmes and scope out the area. Find meaningful info for you and your family that will help make your decision. Invite conversation, and record your observations. Then, make your move. You’ll be able to settle down for as long as needed in a wonderful neighborhood.



Courtesy of Ellen G. Shaikun, Broker Associate,  eshaikun@gmail.com



Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Parks and Weisberg, Realtors® 

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