You can change a house—location is tougher.
According to new research by Trulia, 36 percent of Americans have “neighborhood regret,” or would have moved to another neighborhood than the one they reside in today.
I am here to give you a few tips on avoiding making the mistake of moving to a neighborhood in the Metrowest that isn’t right for you!
When looking at what makes a neighborhood suitable, 48% of those surveyed were motivated by the “vibe,” 37 percent were affected by crime rates, and another 37 percent were attracted to easier travel to work. Attributes that led to regret for many were lack of public transportation, noise and traffic.
How should you be sure BEFORE you move that you don’t make the “neighborhood regret” mistake?
#1 Prepare through research. Look up neighborhood photos—something just 38 percent of those surveyed did
#2 Plan a visit to explore. Only 37 percent explored the neighborhood’s popular spots. Drive around, go to the supermarket and see how the “vibe” is there. If public transportation is important to you, make sure you know where to find it whether it be in the town you are looking to move to or another town hopefully close by.
Last but not least #3 Go there at night. According to the Trulia survey 47% did not see what their neighborhood felt like at night. Is there a lot going on? Do things close early? Is it safe to go out for a run? Think of what is important to you and get your answers prior to buying your home.
We all know that buying a home is a big decision and therefore make sure you not only find a home that you love but check out the neighborhood and what it has to offer prior to buying so you don’t become one of the 36% of people with Neighborhood regret!
If you would like help finding your next home I would be happy to assist. Call or text 978-505-1466 and let’s talk!
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