The Real Estate Minute: Finding Your Dream Home

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Finding the right home in the right neighborhood for the right price is the triple play every buyer dreams of -- but with so many homes and usually a limited amount of time how do you tackle the problem?

Let's start with some of the basics.

Finding Your Dream Home

Make a list of the activities -- movies, health clubs, church and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’’re considering to be involved in your most common activities.

Check Out the School District

The education department can provide information on test scores, class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. Even if you don’t have children, a house in a good school district will be easier to sell in the future.

Check for Crime.

Ask the police department for neighborhood crime statistics -- not only the level of crime, but also the type -- burglaries, armed robberies -- any trends of increasing or decreasing crime is important to note

Be Sure to Consider Resale Value.

A local real estate agent can give you information about price trends, inventories, and how long homes typically sit on the market can indicate how well your home's value will hold up.

Remember, there is no substitute for hitting the streets and knowing the neighborhood you'll call home.

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