Whether you are shopping for a home in Washington D.C. or Westwood, it’s best to first narrow your online home and property search by identifing at least a few neighborhoods that meet your needs. When evaluating any neighborhood, spend time investigating all local conditions. When considering multiple communities save time by visiting the local chamber of commerce to quickly achieve answers to all of the following questions that may be important considerations depending on your own particular priorities.
- How close is the property to:
- schools, employment, churches or other places of worship, shopping, public transportation, freeways, airports, hospitals, police or government facilities, academic institutions (universities & colleges), recreational activities (beaches & parks) as well entertainment and cultural activities (museums, theatres, stadiums, concerts)
- Traffic Conditions
- If your property is anywhere near arterial roads visit during rush hours.
- Crime Rates
- visit www.CrimeReports.com for the comprehensive low down.
- Your Realtor® can’t usually legally tell you about neighborhood crime so do your homework independently.
- Future Construction
- Call city, county and/or state agencies to inquire about future nearby infrastructure upgrades and/or improvements for both beneficial effects and potential drawbacks.
- School Quality
- Every property description on FSRefund.com has built-in school scoring and details. All FSRefund.com agents provide thorough details upon request including test scores, extracurricular activities, bus service and if a client is relocating our agents can arrange meeting with the principles and/or teachers when visiting.
- Look for trending communities that are likely to become desirable neighborhoods in the coming years. Focus attention on the borders of the most desirable and economically stable areas or possibly even suburbs which may require a commute or public transportation access: consult your FSRefund.com Realtor®
for direction on the latest market trends.
- If looking for a detached home, consider a condominium or co-op in a desirable neighborhood to procure a prime area location that may not have been otherwise achievable.
- Go ahead and meet the neighbors before writing any serious offer. Before you buy any property you should at least be aquainted with whomever you will be residing and/or working very near. Your neighbor’s care for their property helps determine the potential value of your own home.