It’s finally happening, you are ready to buy a home.  One of the most important aspects of any home you are considering, without a doubt is the area. Homes may look amazing online, but there is always the possibility that the area is less than desirable.

Before you move to any new town, subdivision, or city, it’s always a good idea to do research.  Find out as much as possible about the area that you are considering calling home. Yes, researching online is a good start, but another great place to start is with a Real Estate Agent.  Look for an agent that has been established in the community for several years.   Real estate agents can give you insight about everything from the local weather, to the HOA guidelines for that fancy subdivision you’re eyeing.   Think about all the questions you have, jot them down and speak to an agent.  Even a great agent may not know every answer, but they’ll know where to find the information you’re looking for and get back to you.

In researching a new area there are certain things that you’ll want to find out about. Start by finding out about the area itself.  Ask about demographics and the kind of atmosphere can you expect? Ask about city amenities, rec centers, libraries, community colleges, dog parks, all the smaller things that may be important to you.  Look into the employment market and the education system.   Even if you do not have children, knowing about the education system is good idea.  It’s one of the things people usually consider, and if you must move again a home in a good school district will typically demand a higher price.  Also, check the employment opportunities, who are the largest employers in the area, and what do salaries look like in your field.

Try to find out what the future holds as well. Look into if there are any development or expansion plans for the area. Things like proposed developments, both residential and commercial can affect your property values.  Contact the city or ask your Realtor about that large vacant lot and any future plans for development.  You will always be well served to stay on top of the future plans of any area that you move to.

Buyers should always investigate & explore the areas you are considering moving to.  Ask around, consult a real estate agent, talk to people in the community and find out as much as you can.  The more you can learn about the community the better, and more at ease you’ll be as you make one of the biggest investments in your life, buying a home!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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