What to Research When Buying a Home
When you buy a home, you’ll want to do research on the neighborhood and surrounding area. You’ll want to know all you can about the home itself, the community, the HOA and the surrounding municipalities. There are a number of great resources to find this data and as your East Bay experts, we’ve compiled a list for you.
When you start your neighborhood research, look for the following:
- Home Values: This is where most people start. Find neighborhoods that fit your price range. Check for long-term value trends.v You can reach out to The East Bay Team’s Buyer agents Anne and Josh Keller or Robert Jones for their expertise in this area.
- Schools and Education: If you’re raising a family in the neighborhood, the schools are obvious. But even if you’re not, good schools are a good indicator for the community.
- Cost of Living Index: If you’re moving in from out of the area, you’ll want to know how far your dollar will stretch.
- Crime: Crime isn’t usually a place to compromise. You might give up close access to public parks in exchange for a great transit system, but there’s not much you’ll trade for living in an unsafe area. Be sure to check up on the local crime reports.
- Culture: What do you and your family enjoy doing? Think about it all, from movies and theatre, to hiking and ball fields, to record and comic book stores.
- Demographics: Check the data on the area, and be sure there are playmates for the kids, diversity, and a neighborhood trending right along with you.