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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Home Buyers Tip - Know the neighborhood as well as the house before buying that home

Buyers almost always have a home inspection done prior to purchasing a home.  Buyers almost always have a survey done to make sure boundaries are known and no encroachments exist.  This is all part of the process of due diligence.   Inspections, surveys, appraisals, etc are always recommended. These are the ABCs of home buying!

So why would a prospective buyer not fully check out the neighborhood?

If you have found the house you really like why not go further and...
  1. come back later and walk the neighborhood and speak with  a few of the neighbors?
  2. call the local law enforcement agency and inquire about crime statistics/rate for the neighborhood?
  3. find out who the association president is and give them a call (and the treasurer as well) to discuss any HOA issues or pending assessments or financial challenges?
  4. check out the Florida sexual offender database to find out if there are any potential concerns?
  5. visit the schools to confirm which Brevard County school your children will attend and ask for a tour?
  6. find out if any of your neighbors run a business from home (if permissible) and how much traffic it brings the area? [If it is compliance with zoning.]
When purchasing a home you are also purchasing a lifestyle outside your property boundaries. 

For information on homes for sale in Brevard County, Florida email me or give me a call.

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