What Do You Want?
The process of searching for a home is no light and easy task. It requires time, patience, and objectivity. When we are working with our buyer clients, the concept of the “neighborhood,” is one of the most important factors every single time. You don’t just exist within a home, you are a part of your immediate community and environment. And for most people, that is an extremely important factor.
So what makes the concept of the “neighborhood,” so important?
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Conversations about school district are incredibly common with our buyer clients. This is not a surprise as in Walnut Creek and the surrounding areas, we have some incredible schools that perform very well. The relationship between school district and neighborhood is about as direct as you can get. We will have this conversation with our buyer clients that don’t have a young family or any direct need for a strong school district. We deliberately bring this up because it is still an important factor to consider in terms of a home’s future resale value down the road.
Amenities and Convenience
Amenities and convenience are also important in the neighborhoods you look at. Simple things like nearby grocery stores, proximity to schools, and ease of commute play a huge role in how attractive a neighborhood is. Here in Walnut Creek and the surrounding areas, many home buyers value having a close proximity to the 680 and 24 freeways for commute. Many residents make the daily trek into San Francisco for work and really value the benefit of an easier commute. You just want to make sure you have easy access, but don’t hear the freeways! Many family oriented buyers will also look for nearby parks that their current or future children can safely play at.
The quality of a neighborhood often involves functional and visual aesthetics. Many home buyers are thinking in terms of how long they are going to live in a home. Visual commodities like tree lined streets, and spacious sidewalks can be important for family-oriented buyers. Another point of importance is the curb appeal of the other homes in the neighborhood. The appearance of the other homes really play a huge role in how a neighborhood is perceived by home buyers.
Keeping with the “Quality,” element, the crime rates are also very important to buyers. Safety and “peace of mind,” are incredibly valuable (which is true in most situations). Peace of mind really has unlimited value in terms of where you choose to live and exist. Many of our clients have called the local police department to ask for information on crime rates in the neighborhoods they are considering. We always suggest writing that information down so that it is easier to reference and prevent mix-ups.
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What Matters To You?
So the question boils down to, what neighborhood characteristics matter to you? What do you find to be more important and where would you be willing to compromise? These are interesting questions, and we would love to know what you think. Just leave a note below in the comment section.
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