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How to find the best neighborhoods in any area

General information about a neighborhood can be easy to come by, but what about the finer details? Here are a few pointers to help you in your search:

  • Hit the web

    The internet is filled with websites dedicated to helping people like you find out more about unfamiliar neighborhoods.

    Check out websites like StreetAdvisor, where neighborhoods are ranked according to ratings made by members who also share positive and negative reviews about each location. The site also notes hidden gems and tells you what to expect when walking around the neighborhood.

    Want to know about area restaurants and attractions? Sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp feature crowdsourced reviews and rankings of different points of interest in the area.

    For hard facts, City-Data is an excellent source. The site provides statistics on the residents’ average age, median household income, employment, as well as an area’s crime rate and other pertinent data.

  • Be there

    Even after you’ve gathered all the data on the area you’re eyeing, nothing beats being on location yourself. Compare what you’ve learned online with the real thing.

    Are the parks as kid-friendly as touted? And if they are, is the upkeep to your liking? If you have toddlers, you might want to check the condition of the play equipment in the park playground.

    Drive around the area on a weekday during rush hour. Assess the traffic situation. Is this something you can live with? Or are you more inclined to put down roots in less choked-up environs?

    Always make safety your number one priority. As you drive around the community, look for signs that may be a safety concern like steep slopes or forested areas that may catch fire. Are the homes well maintained? If they are, then they speak of pride in ownership, which often extends to caring about the neighborhood and the well-being of those who live there.

    Cities also change over time, some for the worse. Even if you can find the information online, check out the actual locations and density of new developments in the area you’re eyeing. How will they impact your privacy and quality of life, or perhaps the promised views of a home seller?

  • When in doubt, ask the locals

    After you’ve had your own look-see, chat up the locals. Visit markets, stores, and coffee shops. Tell the people there that you’re interested in moving to the area and ask them about what they love about the place.

    More often than not people will be willing to talk about the positive and negative sides of their community. This also allows you to gauge how friendly your potential neighbors are.

    Locals can also be a valuable source for information on local real estate agents that have done business in the neighborhood you’re interested in.

    While you’re in the area, you may want to visit a few open houses. Even if you aren’t thinking of buying just yet, open houses give you a sense of the homes available in a neighborhood, including interior features and nearby amenities. Plus, if you’re going as part of a group, you can ask the people with you why they’re considering buying a home in the neighborhood.

Learn more about what Cummings, GA has to offer by getting in touch with me today at CCourville@CCourville.com or 678-618-0382.

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