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How to Find the Perfect Home Community for You

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When preparing to purchase a new home, buyers have numerous decisions to make regarding structural and design elements, finishes, lighting, flooring and paint colors. However, before the new home contract is signed, the first decision for a homebuyer involves deciding on a neighborhood. A home may include all the options the new home buyer wants, but if it isn’t in a suitable setting, the buyer may be unhappy with their decision.

Researching a Neighborhood

Finding an appropriate neighborhood to build or buy a home involves more than a simple drive through the community. Homebuyers will need to research the neighborhood to make a well-rounded assessment of compatibility with their needs and their family’s needs. Homebuyers need to eliminate preconceived ideas when deciding if a community is the right location to build or buy a home until they thoroughly learn about the area.

The best way to begin a neighborhood search includes home buyers knowing what amenities they require. Families with young children will be interested in neighborhoods with schools nearby and want to learn about the school’s academic record. Other essential qualities may include whether the school offers sports programs, special needs classes, accelerated learning and other educational assets. Visiting the school provides an actual real-time experience of the climate and how the school operates.

A home buyer who takes an interest in a community benefits by visiting the neighborhood and walking around to observe the feel of the area. Walking allows a chance to observe features such as green spaces, parks, how well properties are cared for and if passersby’s are friendly. Walking also allows the prospective home buyer to observe traffic on the road, noise from nearby businesses and whether dogs are barking excessively. Immersing themselves in the neighborhood provides a more accurate assessment than a quick drive-through. It allows them to feel what daily life could be like if they move there.

Short-term versus Long-Term and Numbers versus Nuance

There is ample information online about neighborhoods. Numbers and statistics are easy to locate, from taxes and utilities to school performance and homeowner association (HOA) fees. However, nuance isn’t always about measurements. If a home buyer plans on selling within the first year or so, neighborhood characteristics may not be as important. But for a home buyer who has plans to raise their children or retire in a community, the present and future attributes may be more critical.

Short-term buyers should consider the resale value and neighborhood growth factor. They will better understand home price appreciation or depreciation by checking the property sales and trends. Long-term buyers may want to look into possible plans for rezoning and any large municipal projects in the works. These adjustments could change the entire nuance of the community.

Often, home builders already have neighborhood information to share with future home buyers. Working with a builder is an excellent way to find out more about the communities they are developing. Grand Homes celebrates over 30 years of building homes and builds more than 400 homes a year in numerous neighborhoods around the Denver Metroplex. Contact Grand Homes for information on their home-building services and comprehensive construction process.