If buying a home is part of your plan for 2016, then this is going to be an exciting year . . . and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation is ready to help you every step of the way! Knowing what area of town you hope to live in plays a big part in your decision. While it is important to find a house that suits your family, lifestyle, and tastes, it is equally as important that you are moving into a neighborhood that will be in a good location for your commute.
Consider the following to ensure that you will find a new neighborhood you will love!
Look & Feel – Do you prefer a historic neighborhood with large mature trees, or a developing neighborhood full of new construction? What kind of architecture appeals to you?
Lifestyle – Look at your daily habits and interests to make sure that the neighborhood will accommodate them. Some neighborhoods cater to those who love the outdoors and offer amenities like swimming pools, tennis clubs, golf courses and walking trails. Another important factor may be the proximity to stores and dining.
Children – For homebuyers with children, great schools are a crucial factor in choosing a neighborhood. To see how schools in a particular area rank, use a tool like School Digger. Additionally, having parks and child-friendly activities nearby is key. Drive around the neighborhood at various times to determine if there are children playing outside, which will help you know if the community is ‘family friendly.’
Commute – Check your commute time from the neighborhood during rush hour or use an app like Waze to calculate the time it will take you to drive to work. If you won’t be driving, check the public transportation systems and schedules in your area.
Culture – Are you looking to become involved in a homeowners association and participate in activities with neighbors? Some neighborhoods have a large sense of community while others are more private, so be sure to investigate if the neighborhood will fit in with your expectations.
If you need a great tool to help you search for homes, be sure to click on Home Scouting at the top of this page.
Once you have found a neighborhood that will be a good fit for you and your family, make sure that you do your research on the crime statistics, property taxes and plans for future development in the area so there are no surprises. It is also an excellent idea to visit the neighborhood at different times of the day to observe traffic, noise and surroundings.
When you are ready to purchase a home, I would love to meet with you to go over your home buying options and pre-approve you for your loan. Call me today to set up an appointment!