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Using Research to Find the Right Neighborhood for You

Are you looking for a new home, but you are not sure of which neighborhood is right for you. The reality is that a simple drive-through of many neighborhoods will help you narrow down your choices, but there are several other things that you will need to take into consideration when selecting the perfect neighborhood.

In other words, don’t make your decision based solely on how the neighborhood looks when you drive through it. Rather, take the time to do a bit of research in order to make certain the neighborhood truly is a good fit for you.

While there are several things that you should research about various neighborhoods before you settle on just one, some of the most important details you will need to research include:

* Schools – if you have children or if you plan to have children in the near future, you should carefully research the schools that serve the neighborhood. Some factors you should consider include standardized test scores, teacher to student ratios and graduation rates.

* Daycares – if you have children, learning more about the availability and quality of neighborhood daycare centers will also be essential.

* Higher Education – if you plan to pursue a higher education, whether for work or personal purposes, you should also consider the proximity of higher education institutions

* Crime Statistics – learning more about the crime rates in the neighborhood will help you make a more educated decision about whether or not the neighborhood is a safe place for you to live

* Parks and Recreation – whether you have children or not, the proximity of the neighborhood to parks and other recreational opportunities may be important to you. Therefore, you should find out where the nearest parks and recreation centers are located and you should pay them a visit in order to determine if they offer what you are looking for.

* Neighborhood Associations – you will certainly want to find out whether or not the neighborhood has a neighborhood association and, if it does, you will want to learn about any restrictions that will be placed on your home as well as how much you will have to pay for your yearly fee.

* Tourist attractions – you may or may not want to be located near to tourist attractions, as being located near to tourist attractions means there will be plenty for you to do, but it also means you will have to deal with tourists. Either way, it is a good idea to check out the nearby tourist attractions in order to determine if they suit your interests and lifestyle.

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With many of these items, your real estate agent will be able to help you locate the information you are looking for. Don’t be surprised if the agent doesn’t provide you with the information directly, however, as providing some information may be considered illegal or unethical. By helping you gather the information you are looking for, you will be able to determine the neighborhood that is right for you.

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