They say the most the three most important factors in real estate are location, location, location. Although location is important, there is no need to stress. With new technology and old school strategy, finding your perfect location should not be an issue.
Don’t fly blind
Whether you’re moving to a new area or trying out unfamiliar territories, it’s best to learn as much as you can about the location. The best resource you can use to learn about a new neighborhood or city is your real estate agent.
Luckily we live in an age in which information is at your fingertips. Research demographics, schools, and crime rates. If you’re looking transportation you can look up the area’s walkability score, biking score, and transit score.
While new technology is great in helping you learn about a specific area, nothing compares to the old fashioned way. If you can, get in your car and drive or walk around your potentially new neighborhood. This way you can experience the neighborhood first-hand and check out the houses. You’ll be able to get a sense of your prospective neighbors.
It’s smart to visit a neighborhood you like at different times of day and evening, as well as on the weekend and during the week to get a feel for what it would be like to live there. Locate the nearest grocery store and coffee shop and dog park.
Try out your potential commute, and check out the schools if you have kids. Most important: don’t be shy about asking people on the street or in the local café what it’s like to live there, what they love and what they don’t love.