When purchasing a house it is imperative you think beyond today. It is very easy to see only the structure and the price at that moment but what about three or five years down the road?
An assessment of the current area can provide a good indication of where the area is headed - up or down!
The truth is you are purchasing an area - not a neighborhood of two or three streets.
Crime, school quality, reputation, investor owned or owner occupied status of properties, number of foreclosure or abandoned properties, and other indicators can give you an idea of the area's future.
As a real estate agent I can not steer anyone to any specific area -period. But I do encourage the buyer, to use tools such as zipskinny.com and SchoolMatters.com to research areas.
As for comparing schools, take a look at the School Matters web site AND VISIT THE SCHOOLS BEFORE YOUR BUY!.
Also, check with local law enforcement agencies about a particular area or zip code.
One final thought...check for sexual offenders and sexual predators in the
area. In Florida take a look at the FDLE web site.
As the buyer, must do all you can to protect yourself, your family and the future value of your home.
Your real estate agent will do all they can but you need to do what you can as well.
For information on buying or selling a house in Brevard County, Florida, call me at 321-693-3850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Bucci Realty, working exclusively with the Realtors of Century 21 Baytree Realty.