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10 Things to Look for in a New Community

Posted by Melanie Goocher on February 24, 2015 at 7:30 AM

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Exploring-New-CommunityMoving to a new community can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. At certain points you will feel empowered by the endless amount of options open to you. At other times, those same options will completely overwhelm you.

There will also be times when your emotions run somewhere in the middle and you find yourself wondering what exactly it is you’re looking for in a particular community.

During your search for the perfect new community, here are ten things that you will want to look for to ensure you are looking in the right place:

#1 Amenities - One of the advantages that attracts many home buyers to certain communities are the wide range of amenities that might be available. With the size of some of today’s master-planned communities, there is no limit to all of the great amenities that might be available in your new community. Some common amenities that are offered include swimming pools, fitness centers, golf courses and well-appointed clubhouses.

#2 Activities - Ranking right up there with amenities in many communities is a great selection of activities and clubs. Getting involved in these types of social activities is a great way to get to know your new neighbors quickly, and can be a deciding factor for many home buyers.

#3 Taxes - The real estate world is filled with stories of home buyers who thought they found a great bargain right up until the time that their first tax bill showed up. This can be a game changer, so you will definitely want to get the facts on what your property taxes will be before making a decision.

#4 Schools - Another major concern for many families is the quality of the schools in the area. If you have young children, their education is going to be a primary concern, so you will want to do thorough research on the quality of the school district in the community.

#5 Neighbors - One of the biggest factors that can make or break your opinion of a new community is the people you will be sharing that community with. That is why it is always a good idea to get to know some of the neighbors before you make your final decision. Getting to know the people who will be your neighbors will give you a great insight into what you can expect from day to day life in your new community.

#6 Location - It’s no secret that the most important thing in real estate is location, which means it should be a concern on your list as well. You will want to assess where your new home will be located with respect to work, school, and any other interests you might have.

#7 For Sale Signs - If there are a substantial amount of for sale signs in the community that you are considering you should view that a red flag. There might be a reason that so many people are looking to leave the community, so you will want to investigate exactly what that reason might be.

#8 Culture - Culture is another aspect of a community that many people don’t consider until after they have made their commitment. If possible, it is always a good idea to spend considerable time in the community before making a decision to see if the culture of the area is something that fits with your family.

#9 Public Services - One aspect that is a little more difficult to evaluate is how well the community handles various public services like trash removal and road maintenance. This is another area where you can get tons of great information from talking with your future neighbors.

#10 Curb Appeal - You are obviously going to consider the curb appeal of the house you are looking at, but you should also make a point to evaluate the curb appeal of some of the other properties in the community. This will give you a general sense of how well other members of the community take care of their homes.

Every home buyer is going to place a different level of importance on each of these concerns. As you search for the community that is the best fit for you and your family, keep these ten factors in mind and you will be sure to find a community that you are proud to call home.

Have some other ideas of what to look for in a community? Share your comments below!

Topics: Seller Resources, Buyer Resources

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