Buying a home is one of the largest investments you make in your life. Before you take that leap, consider the importance of location. Location can have the largest influence on the value of your home years down the road than any improvement you can make.
You may have your eyes on an area or a neighborhood that you would like to move to but you should consider all the factors about that location before getting your heart set on the area. Buying a home can be stressful but with the right information and a knowledgeable real estate agent, finding the right location to start your home search does not have to be.
Even if you do not have children or children in school, the quality of the local school system will have a very large effect on the value of a home. In some areas, there are very nice homes but residents send their children to private schools. This added expense for the next owner of your home can decrease the possible value growth.
Niche is a website focused on collecting data to create scores for school systems, colleges, and communities. The school rating search is one of the most useful sections. Not only does it give you a rating of the school, it displays the boundaries, reviews, class ratios, and academic success. The rankings for the schools are cover national, state, county, and city.
City-data.com is a great website that provides resourceful information to individuals who are planning on relocating to another city. The website has active forums comprising of locals who reside in the different cities you’re considering.
It is a website that collects data and analyzes it to give you an idea of the safety of the area you are looking in. This data comes from public data from local police departments, so there are some areas where there may not be data available. In those cases, you can see the police?department?over that serves an area so you can call them personally and get the information you may need.
People love to walk to parks and shopping. If city planning has designed or redesigned their infrastructure to be walkable, you’ve got a winning investment. In the Birmingham area, there is a growing interest in creating walkable areas in cities that were once car only locations.
If you are looking for a community where you are not completely reliant on a car, walkscore.com is the best resource for this. You just have to search the area you are looking to buy a house in and you will see a score for the area.
There is also a helpful map that shows you where the walkable hotspots are located or areas that have access to public transportation, so you can focus your home search in those areas if these are key features for your dream location.
After going through the several neighborhood reviews, you have definitely encountered the answers to some of your questions and the next place to visit is neighbourhoodscout.com. At his website, you can take a look at the statistics that define and characterize those communities that peaked your interest.
There is some information that may require you to subscribe to the site. This will certainly be the case if you are interested in more detailed information such as appreciation rates and crime rates. All you need to do is set up and account if you’re looking to find some more in-depth answers.
On this website, we are always writing new blogs that focus on local neighborhoods in the Birmingham metro area. These Neighborhood Spotlights focus on the neighborhood, the surrounding area, and the schools and give a picture of what to expect in amenities or local businesses. There are even insights into the housing market.
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