Where To Begin
Checking Credit
Research Before Choosing A Neighborhood
Check the Zoning
New Home Or Resale?
Think You Don't Need Flood Insurance?
Used Homes
Do I Need Title Insurance?
Be Alert For Sellers’ Tricks
Recruiting The Experts
Choosing A Real Estate Agent
The Foreclosure Market
Buying? Think Selling!
ALWAYS—ALWAYS Hire a Home Inspector
Be Your Own Inspector
Partnership Purchases
Condominiums
Financing Tips
Can't Afford A Down Payment?
Negotiating Tips
10 Tips For Winning A Bidding War
Homebuying Checklist
Home Warranty Tips
Can You Afford the Home You Want?
Green Building Tips

BUYERS' CORNER

Avoid Hidden DangersResearch 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:
http://www.disastercenter.com
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov
http://www.homes.org/homesProfile.aspx
http://realestate.yahoo.com/neighborhoods

 

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