Research Before Choosing A Neighborhood
The Internet can be a valuable tool for home buyers, and the benefit extends far beyond the ability to preview homes or to help locate a good Realtor®. Want to know more about your new neighborhood before you commit? There’s lots of valuable information on the Internet with websites covering such pertinent topics as:
- Local weather
- UV index
- Air quality
- School district ratings and test scores
- Crime statistics
- Employment data
- Areas of highest appreciation
- Local income & education levels
- Earthquake and volcanic activity
- Toxic waste sites
- Tornadic activity
Reviewing such information could help avoid potential dangers, hazards, or other conditions that might impact your enjoyment or adversely affect property values and the potential to sell in the future.
Those who already live in an area are also a great source of information. Ask them about the neighborhood. Is it safe, quiet, and located far from potential hazards and undesirable operations? Answers to such questions could expose conditions that sellers would prefer to remain hidden, and it might prevent you from making an expensive mistake.
Here are four information-packed websites: