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Finding a good neighborhood

Anyone will tell you that buying a home in a good neighborhood is essential. But what things go into making one neighborhood more desirable than another? Aside from an intangible feeling about a place, there are a number of qualities that set some neighborhoods apart, such as:

  • Good public schools nearby.
  • Well-maintained homes and clean public areas.
  • Close proximity to good shopping.
  • Public facilities like parks and community centers.

Doing thorough neigborhood research is critical if you truly want your home to fit your needs. Here are some basic strategies:

Call City Hall

You may like an area now, but you could feel differently if a football stadium or six-lane highway will be your future neighbor. Check with local officials on the zoning of neighborhoods and the likelihood of any substantial public projects. Large projects such as major road construction are planned years in advance.

Resale Potential

Though appreciation can be an impossible thing to predict, it's good to at least try to determine a home's resale potential. Slow selling homes may just be a function of the current market, but they could also indicate problems (or perceived problems) with the neighborhood that could affect resale. Check for any information on new industries or companies moving to the area in the future that could lead to housing demand later.

Do the Footwork

Probably the most important step in researching neighborhoods is to get a first-hand look. Talk to residents, visit local schools, businesses, and parks, and get to know your way around. If you plan on using public transportation, see what options are available. Be sure to visit the neighborhood at several different times of day. Three quick ways to scope out a neighborhood:

  • Eat at local restaurants (non-chains) to get a feel for the people.
  • Attend a community meeting.
  • Read the community newspaper for at least a week.

In the end your impression of a neighborhood will largely be an emotional reaction. By researching the facts and future of a given neighborhood, you'll ensure that your hunches are well informed....

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Sell-side
10/02/2014
$154,900

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10/02/2014 - Sell-side - $154,900

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Sell-side
09/25/2014
$155,000

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09/25/2014 - Sell-side - $155,000

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Sell-side
09/15/2014
$157,650

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Sell-side
09/02/2014
$155,750

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Sell-side
07/30/2014
$100,000

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07/30/2014 - Sell-side - $100,000

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Ratings & Reviews

  
 

01/24/2014 - mblackmail
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Kingsport, TN.

Debi is the consummate professional. She went above and beyond to connect us with more than 45 homes within our budget, personally escorting us to all requested viewings, each at a time most convenient to our schedule. During the summer of 2013 we were relocating back to the tri-cities area. What impressed us the most about her was her patience with us during the entire time ( over a 16 week period ) of our search (my spouse and I went back and forth among ourselves on style, price, etc etc ) we must have texted and called her dozens of times during the day and night and she quickly responded with any answer we requested. Additionally, she ensured that the sellers agent was responsive with their replies from our purchase offers and contract offers. We highly recommend Debi and the entire staff of Remax Checkmate... great people and our best experience of home buying ever!  More Less 

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02/16/2012 - user159331
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $150K in Johnson City, TN.

We were so lucky to find Wayne and Debbie when we were looking for our home. As first time home buyers, we were so glad- they made the process simple to understand and helped us find a home within our price range, in a family neighborhood. They even stayed in touch with us afterwards to see if there was anything we needed or if we had any questions. I would DEFINITELY recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell.  More Less 

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12/26/2011 - Josh_nTN
Bought a home in 2011.

Debi was very accommodating and of great help to me. As a first-time homebuyer, I leaned on her knowledge and expertise in every facet of the process.

She helped me match my needs & wants to properties in the area and was happy to show me those homes that best fit my preferences....always at a time that was convenient for me.

Once I was ready to offer on a home, Debi explained the process and helped me arrive at an amount I was comfortable with. When the purchase price was agreed upon, she guided me in the steps that preceded closing....home inspection, stipulations, arrangements with the title company, etc.

On closing day, we met for the final walk-through and then again at the closing table....where I got the keys to a home that is both a terrific fit for me and a great bargain.

I would recommend Debi to any real-estate client looking for a friendly, helpful, and able guide for their important transaction.
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