Here is a common scenario: You find a home that you love. It has a huge fenced-in yard and the latest fixtures or appliances. As a bonus, it costs less than your budget allows. Do you commit to the purchase immediately or think about it for a while?
Most people are so thrilled to find their dream home that they commit to the purchase without thinking it over. However, there is more to residential real estate than the structures present on the property.
What if you hate your new neighborhood?
Perhaps one of your neighbors routinely throws loud, music-driven parties that last into the wee hours. Or, another neighbor receives so much round-the-clock traffic that drug distribution is the only possible explanation. Or, maybe you find out the neighborhood is saturated with convicted sexual predators after you make the purchase.
Do your research before committing
Vetting the neighborhood can help you avoid a poor decision. Things to check in advance of agreeing to buy a home include:
- The rate of crime
- The quantity and quality of schools
- The nearby presence of industrial facilities
- The area’s retail and commercial success or failure
- The condition of the homes and property within the neighborhood
One or all of the above could indicate the neighborhood is in the midst of financial decline. In other words, the area may be experiencing a significant decrease in overall property value.
A home is where you live and make memories, but it is also a substantial financial investment. If a time comes when you need to sell and relocate, you want to get a satisfactory return on your investment.
Consider learning more about residential real estate in the Chicagoland area of Illinois before you commit to any property. A legal advocate devoted to real estate is usually an excellent resource for home buyers and sellers alike.