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4 Ways to Tell if You Are Moving Into a Good Neighborhood

When you’re first looking for a home, you want to move into a good neighborhood. Part of living in a good neighborhood comes down to doing the proper research ahead of time. The below are four tactics you should be using to assess a potential neighborhood you’re thinking of living in.

Take a Tour

When it comes to determining whether or not an area is desirable, it comes down to physically seeing it. Don’t rely on pictures online to tell you what a potential neighborhood is like. Rather, you should take your own physical driving tour through the area. Look at the condition of the houses in the area. This will give you a first-hand look at what the area really looks like and not what a photographer tried to spruce up.

See How Many Homes Are Available in the Area

You can ask your real estate agent for assistance with this particular task. See how many homes are for sale in a particular neighborhood. If it’s a desirable place to live, then there won’t be a lot of homes for sale. If you discover there are many homes for sale, it’s a key indication that people who moved in there don’t find it a desirable place to live.

Look for Low Crime Rates

With the wide availability of internet resources, it’s fairly easy to check the crime rates in your local area. This can help you to determine what areas in your community have high crime rates and which ones have very low crime rates. A good neighborhood will be one that has a very low crime rate.

Neighbors Greet You for the Showing

One of the best ways to know if you’re moving into a good neighborhood is by seeing if any neighbors meet you during the showing. Most good neighborhoods have residents who are concerned with new neighbors that move in. They sort of scope out new potential home buyers to see if they’d fit in the atmosphere that currently exists. If you find yourself chatting with the local residents when you go to your initial showing, it’s a good indication they care about the future of the neighborhood.

You should be utilizing all these four tactics when looking at a potential neighborhood. They’ll give you the necessary knowledge you’ll need to make the ultimate decision about a particular neighborhood. Realize the more time you spend doing proper research about an area, the more likely you can be assured it will be a good place to call home.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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