It’s 2016 and you’re planning on buying a Southern California home this year but even though you’ve been pre-qualified for a mortgage loan and know the bedrooms, bathrooms and square feet of the home you’re searching for, you haven’t started thinking about finding a home in the perfect neighborhood yet.
In this post we will provide you with 3 important questions to ask that will help you to find a Southern California home in the perfect neighborhood.
Question #1 – Is This Neighborhood In My Target Area?
Before falling in love with a house you should first ask yourself if the home is located in your target area and is close to schools, stores, restaurants, amenities or things you like to do on a regular basis because it can be the best home in the world but if you’re not happy with the location then you will never be really satisfied living there.
Question #2 – What Are The Crime Statistics There?
The next important question to ask about a neighborhood is what the crime statistics are there because like anyone you want to feel safe in your home and feel confident in allowing your children to play outside.
Learn more about crime statistics in the neighborhood, including if they are going up or down, by contacting the police department.
Question #3 – Is The Home A Good Investment?
Last of all, but most important, ask yourself if the home you are planning on buying in Southern California is a good investment or not because you may want to ultimately sell the home within 10 years or less and will want to see a return on your investment.
To calculate if a home will be a good investment or not you should follow this checklist:
- House Size – Does the home have a minimum of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms?
- School District – Is the Southern California home located in a great school district?
- Neighborhood – Are shops, stores, restaurants and amenities within a “walkable” distance?
- Neighborhood Condition – Do other neighbors take care of their homes?
- Safety – How safe do you feel in the neighborhood during the day and at night?
- Economic Stability – Are most homes in the neighborhood owner occupied or renter occupied?
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