What makes a house a home has just as much to do with what’s around it as what’s in it. So when it comes to buying a home, it’s important to find the neighborhood or community that matches your lifestyle needs.

North, South, East, WestBefore your Brinkoetter Realtor can begin to help you look for a home, it’s a good idea to develop a list of needs and wants. For some buyers, the home itself is what matters most. Perhaps they are set on a particular style, size, or layout of the yard. But for others, the neighborhood is more important.

Here are a few tips:

Determine a Budget

If you have an unlimited budget you may be able to find the perfect home in a desirable neighborhood, but since most buyers need to meet a budget, you may have to make a compromise on either the home or its location. If you already have a neighborhood in mind, take some time to look at the bordering neighborhoods as well. You might find more affordable options that have the same benefits.

Consider your Proximity

Next, think about what amenities you'd like to have in your neighborhood or whether you'd like to live in a rural area without neighbors. Maybe you prefer shopping at certain grocery stores, eating at certain restaurants, or enjoy living near a bike trail. Perhaps you’re looking for something close to your parents on the West End, or your office on the North End of town. These are all things your Brinkoetter Realtor will want to know. 

Neighborhood schools make a difference   

Whether or not you have children, it’s always a good idea to think about school districts when purchasing a home. That’s because school districts can not only influence students’ education, but also property values in the area.

Note: The Fair Housing Act prevents Realtors from providing information directly to buyers about specific schools in specific neighborhoods, but they can share links to websites that rate schools and to local school systems.

Getting to know the “vibe”

Before your settle on a location, it’s important to visit a prospective neighborhood at various times of day and on both weekdays and weekends to get a feel for what it would be like to live there. Look at how the homes are maintained to see if they meet your standards. Try to talk to neighbors about what the community is like to get a feel for fit.

The advantage to working with a large real estate agency, representing buyers and sellers from all walks of life, is the collective depth of knowledge represented across the team. Some Brinkoetter Realtors know Decatur’s Historic West End better than any historian. Others are experts in East End trends. And others still have much experience working with rural communities.

And at brinkoetter.com, you’re able to search for homes quickly by both Decatur Neighborhoods and Area Communities, find links to local school districts, and view basic statistics on surrounding communities. All within a few clicks. 

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