Most people who are moving ask for a home with specific features (a certain number of bedrooms or bathrooms, etc.) which is located "in a good community". However, it is important to keep in mind that your idea of a "good community" can be very different from that of others and maybe even the agent who is helping you find a home.
What you need to do is consider how a community will meet your lifestyle needs and how "safe" a neighborhood is. We put "safe" in quotations because no community is 100% safe. Understandably, most people would not like to live in a community that has a high record of personal crimes.
Another consideration is your preferred lifestyle and how a specific community can fulfill those needs. One way to evaluate your lifestyle needs is to make a list of all the activities you like to do in your current community and those you'd like to be able to do in your new community. Also write what you don't like about where you live now. Do you like a busy community with lots of activities? Do you like outdoor activities? Is it important to have a variety of restaurants and shopping within a certain distance? Do you like seclusion and quiet? What community public resources do you currently use (schools, community colleges, library, day care, recreation center)? Rank these preferences in order and seek communities that satisfy most of your needs. It doesn't hurt to create a list of resources for each community you're considering. Many times the local city hall will have a packet of community resources. For information on local schools, check out our school information section within each community.
Do your homework in choosing a community. A really nice home in a not-so-nice neighborhood is not necessarily a good investment, but a home in the right community can make your home ownership experience both satisfying and financially rewarding.
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