The Neighborhood

Moving to a new neighborhood is like going on a trip: you don’t know the people and you do not know the area, but you have a strange feeling of excitement and a strong desire to make new friends and memories.

But, how do you choose the right neighborhood? It’s easy: go explore!

The first step you have to take is inwardly. Yes, that’s right; before you start analyzing communities, analyze yourself. What would you like your new neighborhood to have? What would you rather it didn’t have? Put the things you can’t live without at the top of the list and leave the stuff that are not a must-have at the bottom. This way you will stay focused on what’s important and it will be easier to compromise.

Start by thinking what type of home would fit your needs better. Do you want a condo, a singlefamily home, an apartment? Country or city or town? How much does the commute to work matter? Privacy or in a close neighborhood? How do you envision your new home?

In addition to this, if you always wanted a house with a beautiful view - go for it and put this at the top of your list! After all, you don’t buy a house every day so it’s important to choose a location that you love.

Whether a parent or not, a strong school system will impact your resale values.

Finding a new neighborhood is always difficult but, at the same time, it’s never been easier than nowadays. You can get most of the info you need online, and narrow down your choices. Once you have decided upon an area, put on your walking shoes and go visit. Take a day to feel the atmosphere of the neighborhood and see what it might be like to really live there.

Make a stop at the local coffee shop, go for a walk in the community, talk to the people and get to know the neighborhood you want to move into. After all, getting in touch with the community gives you a clear idea of whether or not you want to live there.

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How will TRID impact the buying process?

As of October 3, 2015, TRID (Truth-in-Lending Integrated Disclosure Act) is officially in place and changes the way mortgage loans are originated and closed. This is important to know when purchasing a home because all mortgage transactions are effected and the buying process is time-sensitive and has associated costs (moving, repairs, etc.) Read more.

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