When you're buying a home, the location is just as important as the home itself. It impacts your quality of life and the resale value of your home. Most REALTORS® agree that the first step in home-hunting should be narrowing your search to a specific neighbourhood.
First, look at your lifestyle and future plans. Will you need schools or public transit nearby? What about green spaces or recreational facilities? What's the maximum daily commute you're willing to make? Think about your family and friends – do you want to live close to them?
Once you've determined your needs, Steve can source information about different neighbourhoods, pricing trends and community information.
Spend time researching neighbourhoods that interest you. Talk to the residents and merchants. Go for a walk in the local park. Have coffee in the cafés and try out one or two restaurants. Read the community newspaper to get an idea of community activities, issues and concerns.
Zoning and community planning.
Safety and noise.
Drop by the local schools and ask about class sizes, programs, activities and parental involvement. If schools are crowded, find out if there are plans for expansion. Even if you don't have children, the quality of local schools affects the value of your home.
With Steve’s assistance and your own research efforts, you're sure to end up in a neighbourhood that's right for you.