Ask Andy: How to Choose the Right Neighborhood

Posted 06/16/2016

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We’ve all heard the old saying, “location, location, location.” That phrase never rings more true than when you’re in the market for a new home. So, we sat down with Maracay Homes President Andy Warren to discuss this topic.

First of all, Andy, why is location so important when shopping for a new home?
Actually, many factors go into selecting the perfect place for you and your family, from the size and layout of the home to the price, quality, amenities and even location. The home may be perfect in every way, but If the neighborhood isn’t a good fit, you may never quite feel at home.

What should home shoppers look for in a neighborhood?
When you find a new place to live, you’re not just buying a home – you are becoming part a neighborhood. The key to finding the right match is to make sure your new neighborhood is in sync with your current lifestyle. If you have children, you may be happier in a gated community in the suburbs, where more families live and your children can play, socialize and hopefully make lifelong friends. Similarly, if you’re a young, single professional, you might be happier living in a condo downtown, with other like-minded professionals.

How should prospective buyers prepare for the house hunt?
Before you scout out a neighborhood, decide what amenities are most important to you and your family. Do you have kids or a dog? If so, you may want to live close to community parks. Are you active? Then, you might be interested in recreational activities like tennis or golf. Once you’ve identified your top amenities, make sure your new home is within close proximity to most – if not all – of the amenities on your list. Doing so will ensure you truly enjoy your new home.

Is there anything else to consider?
Living near quality schools is always a great choice, even if you don’t have children. In addition to contributing to the availability of better educational opportunities, living in a good school district can preserve your home’s value and provide a faster resale rate, studies have shown. How do you find that perfect district? Consider student-to-teacher ratios, standardized test scores, the age of the schools and whether or not the parents are active within the school. A good place to start your research is GreatSchools.org. The site contains profiles on more than 5,000 public, public charter and private schools.

Find the right neighboorhood for you at www.MaracayHomes.com.