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How do you find the better neighborhoods in a given city for instance Indianapolis?

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November 28 2013 - Indianapolis
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The Indianapolis Police Department keeps a website of crime.  You can put in an address for a potential home and it will tell you the # and types of crime in the neighborhood..

http://maps.indy.gov/MapIndy/Index.html?theme=crimeviewer
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March 04
I am asked this question a lot and much to your frustration, the answer is not simple!!  Don't forget, what you consider "good" is subjective.  The best thing you can do is make a list of deciding factors for you in choosing a neighborhood.  Is it school district? Home value stability? Close proximity to work or family?  Crime statistics? Neighborhood Amenities?

A Realtor can help you once you give them some information on what YOU consider important and necessary in your future neighborhood.  Based on your list of must have neighborhood features, they can then help you with narrowing down options and then take you to evaluate the neighborhoods in person.  A Realtor cannot steer you to a neighborhood or area that they feel is "good" without more information from you.  My first meeting with you would be to come up with your list of must have neighborhood features and then home features. 

The most important decision you will make in this entire process is who you choose to represent you! 
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December 01 2013
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December 01 2013
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"look for a neiman marcus, bergdorf, horchow nearby... their store locations are a good indicator of affluent residents nearby...the rest of the world has to shop online"

Disturbing, hilarious (in a dark, cynical way), and incorrect. And, I hope, offered in jest.

Our local Needless Markup is in an "okay" location, but the "affluent" sections of our area aren't adjacent to shopping malls - however ritzy.
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December 01 2013
look for a neiman marcus, bergdorf, horchow nearby... their store locations are a good indicator of affluent residents nearby...the rest of the world has to shop online
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December 01 2013
Find an experienced Realtor AND talk to several people on the "street".  If someone has lived in an area long enough, they can pinpoint where the better neighborhoods are.  I have lived in several different states and this method has worked well for me.  Good luck!
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December 01 2013
http://www.crimemapping.com
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November 30 2013
Finding the right neighborhood/area is one of the most important factors prior to purchasing a home.   Having a good Realtor who knows the areas and provide you with all of positive and negatives of any given area is the number one way to find the right area.  Tell them your needs and what you want for example if one of my clients says they want a top school district in the Northside suburbs of Indianapolis I would highly recommend Carmel or Zionsville. If they tell me they want a suburb with an affordable cost of living but also good schools I would recommend Fishers.   Also researching online you can find school rankings, crime statistics, and blogs on what it is like to live in these areas.  Good luck with your home search!
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November 30 2013
Drive all the neighborhoods to determine which neighborhood is best for your needs. 
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November 28 2013
Chris has provided great information to start from. Another thing to keep in mind is to find agents that specialize in certain locales.  Once you've determined some guidelines for your home search a really useful strategy is to either go with your agent and just take a drive through of potential neighborhoods, or for you to let your agent know which neighborhood areas are similar to the neighborhoods you like.  Some people like easy access to major roads and shops, others like to be tucked away from the hustle and bustle. Others may prioritize having a neighborhood with lots of children so their kids can have playmates. An attentive agent will work with you to refine the locations to suit your lifestyle, and fit your budget.

Best of luck to you in your property search.

Lyng Chu
Broker/Realtor
Keller Williams Eastside (Kirkland)
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November 28 2013

It all depends on what you are looking for.  One of the most important decisions will be to hire an experienced real estate agent/team to support you in this big step of moving.  Your agent would meed to do a needs/wants analysis.  This helps determine what you 'need and want' in picking a home and neighborhood.  Then from that meeting you can do some more research online with sites your agent can give you to determine more info on neighborhoods.  A good agent then will be going over schools/home values/communities with you and discussing those options.  I hope this helps you in your preliminary decision making.

Chris Price

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The Indy Property Source

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