Real Estate: How to Vet a Neighborhood – A Must Before You Buy

About: This video discusses how to vet a neighborhood. Check crime reports; be on the look-out for sex offenders. Look for loud neighbors. Check out how well the neighbor care about their property. These are just a few tips. Check out the video for many more.

You don’t want to purchase a house if you have any doubts about its location. You want to make sure that you feel safe. That you’re in an area which will increase in value and not decrease in value.

When you’re shopping for a home, one of the first things you should do is look up the crime reports for the area where you’re looking. The National Sex Offender Public Website, NSOPW.gov, will give you a good starting point. You can see other crime reports at websites like CrimeMapping.com. Don’t just trust the Internet; use your eyes, too. Take a walk or drive through your potential neighborhood at different times of day, keeping your eyes and ears open for deal-breakers. Are there neighbors with loud barking dogs, or planes flying low overhead? How about overly bright streetlamps — or not enough? Families also have special considerations. Are there nearby quality schools, or will your kids have to take a bus in the morning? Take the time to tour nearby schools and make sure it’s the right environment for your little ones. Take a look at your neighbor’s yards. Are they overgrown and littered with junk, or worse, infringing on the lot you have your eye on?

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