Top 6 things to consider when looking for the right neighborhood:
Cost - Be sure to consider many things when looking for a new home. There are many factors that come into play when home costs are involved. Income, credit scores and debt combined with the down payment, mortgage term, interest rate and current real estate market will help determine how much house you can afford. Property taxes also have an effect on housing cost so be sure to consider it when searching for your new neighborhood.
Proximity to Schools - Having good public and private schools in your neighborhood are important, not only for your children's education but for resale of your house as well. Proximity to good public schools instantly adds value to your neighborhood and property, which can be crucial when it comes time to sell the home. Be sure to calculate the costs and convenience factors as well.
Access - When picking your next home, it’s a good idea to think about the places you visit frequently (grocery stores, parks, banks, pharmacies, gyms, etc.) and how close or far away they will be. Evaluate whether the options around your potential neighborhood include what you need at a reasonable cost.
Commute - A factor that many of us already know all too well is the traffic here in Los Angeles. Do you plan to drive, walk or take mass transit to work? You should consider travel times and map out your commute as it can greatly impact your quality of life.
Safety - When buying a new home, safety is a top concern for many families, but it is often simply assumed rather than verified. In evaluating neighborhoods to pick where you want to live, be sure to consider the safety of both the home and the surrounding neighborhood.
Demographics and Growth - Diversity, population and neighborhood characteristics are all important aspects that make a big difference in a neighborhood. Investigate how the neighborhood has grown in recent years, who lives there, and how many people to do determine if it is right for you.
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