THE HONEST BROKER: BUYING? DO YOUR RESEARCH!
Performing an appropriate amount of research is necessary when buying. The realtors are there to ascertain and provide as much public information as possible for their clients. However, it is very important for the client to do a little “sleuthing” on their own. What do I mean?
Along with checking out the inside of a home, it is imperative to check out the neighborhood and community. The buyer needs to make a visit or two to the area that he is interested in at different times of the day and/or night to see the activity level and if there is anything that would deter from buying there. For example, having a school nearby may be what a family might have on their “must have” list. But, if you do not have school age children, the noise or traffic patterns may possibly be an annoyance or hindrance to your mobility.
Also, another area to explore would be to speak with a potential close neighbor. It would be good to know what they like and potentially dislike about living in the neighborhood. Possibly question how safe and secure they feel living there and/or going to their local businesses and restaurants.
A few things that only a neighbor can tell you are; if there is flooding in the area after a hard rain, how good the internet or cable reception is in the area (this might be very important if you plan on doing business from home), are there frequent power outages, et cetera. You get the point….living in the flight pattern of a nearby airport may not be what you had in mind for a serene backyard experience.
While you are asking around, you might also want to find out if there are any known plans for the community that would be important to know; for example, development of a large mall, hospital or any other large project nearby. There are pros and cons for increased growth. Knowing all the facts surrounding a possible purchase will make for a well informed decision.
Stay well and stay healthy.
Diane Lott, Broker
Paradise Found Realty, Inc. of Palm City
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