Check Out That Neighborhood

Check Out That Neighborhood

It's impossible to ignore the real estate mantra of "Location, Location, Location."  We've all heard that in Real Estate, location is Everything.   Here are some tips when checking out a neighborhood.

Talk to the Neighbors -- How long have they lived in the community? Do they know their other neighbors? Does the community stay to themselves or have monthly block-parties to encourage socialization?  Consider the lifestyle you enjoy and looks for those qualities.

Drive Through at Different Times of the Day -- What does morning rush hour look like from this location? Are there children playing in the streets after school?  Lots of dog walkers and joggers?  How safe would you feel in this neighborhood walking the dog after dark? Do you see newer model and well-kept cars or "clunkers" that haven't been moved in months?

Neighborhood Amenities -- Is there a pool? Workout Facility? Guarded entry to the neighborhood? Large grassy areas for your Thanksgiving Day family football game?  Play structures for your little tots? A fountain in the lake and a bench to sit and enjoy the view?  

Neighborhood Maintenance -- Are the landscapes neatly manicured or in need of an overhaul?  Has the exterior home paint and roofing been kept up for most homes on the street?  

Local Businesses -- Where is the Nearest Grocery Store? Do you see small mom-and-pop and boutique stores, or national chain stores? Are there boarded up storefronts nearby?  That could be an indicator of economic decline in the area.

Crime Statistics -- Every neighborhood will have some crime.  Decide what you can live with and what you can't there are several online resources to help you determine the suitability of a neighborhood, such as Raids Online or Crime Reports.  You can also check with the local police precinct for the most accurate and recent crime information.

No matter how nicely remodeled the home you are considering may be, it cannot over come a bad neighborhood.  Conversely, purchasing that Fixer-Upper in a neighborhood that meets all your needs might be a really great investment.  

The Rodgers Team is happy to help you find your next home in a fantastic neighborhood in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek or San Tan Valley.

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Dated: May 27th 2015
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