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How to pick the right neighborhood to live in

Here's a quick guide on how to pick the best neighborhood to live in. Stay tuned for more!

When it comes to picking a good neighborhood to live in, it all comes down to a simple question: can you see yourself living there? So many times we pick based on what other people tell us or what we hear in the news. To me, it matters if I like it - I want to feel like I can go for a walk and safely host family without fearing for our lives. Proximity to amenities matters as well - do you have to drive 30 minutes to get to the grocery store? Gas station? If the answer is yes then you probably have to keep looking. There are just a few instances in which living that far from what you need would be warranted.

So, what are some things you can do to stay at the top of your game when it comes to choosing a good neighborhood?

1. Current values - Make sure you pick a neighborhood that has seen home values go up throughout the years.

2. Amenities: Do you feel you have what you need to best complement your lifestyle? Make sure places like the gym, supermarket, clubs etc are relatively close.

3. Crimes rate: Call the police department and ask about their crimes, not only that but also Google your community to see what comes up on the press.

4. Municipal services: Always think about how municipal services are being taken care of. Have a conversation with the neighbors, the city and local realtors about their emergency response times. Should you call the police or have any other emergency, you need to be sure they will be there promptly.

5. Commuting time: Do you have to drive 30 minutes to the nearest grocery store, gas station? Make sure the essentials are nearby.

6. Schools: Do you have kids? If so, this should be a the top of your list. Even if you don't have kids, taking a look at how surrounding schools are rated is a great idea since this will provide some insight on the neighborhood and how well amenities are funded by local tax dollars.

This list can go on and on but a rule of thumb is to look around - do you like the area? Is it accessible? Has area been built with the pedestrian in mind? Is the environment conducive to a stress-free life? It is better to live in a safer neighborhood, with great schools (if you have kids) and amenities even if you can't buy the house of your dreams there. What you should never do is buy the best house in a not so nice area. It is simply not worth it. In fact, always aim to buy a property on the lower end of the neighborhood (value wise) because these homes then tend to appreciate very well and you can always improve it.

Wherever you choose to live, remember one thing: you have to like it!

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