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Choosing The Right Area

By Greg Smith Published 05/16/2007 | Real Estate
There are a lot of decisions that have to be made when considering a move to a new home. Of these decisions one that will affect every aspect of your life is the area in which you choose to live. It is not really possible to spend too much time researching areas when buying a home. You as the buyer will need to be comfortable and feel safe in your new home and the location has a lot to do with that feeling of security that we all deserve in a home.

When beginning the process of finding the right area there are a few ways that you can go about it. The best way is to simply head out to the area and spend some time looking around. Find out where the daily necessities are for you. If you have to commute to work, is there transit readily available? If you drive to work, what is the traffic situation like? Are there schools nearby for your children if you have them? Are there social services close by like hospitals and doctor's offices? Also take into account the proximity of shopping, recreation, entertainment and other extras. After this has been considered, don't be afraid to talk to people in the neighborhood and ask about what it is like to live there. Have there been any problems in the past? Also try to find out if there are any development plans for the area. This can usually be accomplished by a quick trip to the local city hall. Future development can greatly affect your property values and is always something that should be considered in the purchase of any property.

Finally, the most important aspect of location is that you feel comfortable there. If you have found a home that suits all your needs, make sure you view it a few times to really get the feel of it. There is nothing worse then having to live in an environment that just feels wrong. Don't jump to a purchase, take your time and make sure it is the right purchase for you.

Greg Smith is the managing Broker of Re/Max Alliance & President of Hinkelman, Smith & associates. Hinkelman, Smith is the premier Colorado real estate company featuring 75 agents to ensure that customers receive nothing but the best service possible. Click here for more info on the Boulder real estate market