Get to know your new neighbourhood before buying

There are several features about an individual property that can influence your decision to purchase it.  It is for this reason that many prospective buyers will visit numerous properties, and then a property of interest on a few different occasions, before finalising their purchase decision.  

And while the attributes of a home are very important, so too is the area in which it is situated.  After all, they don’t say ‘location, location, location,’ for nothing.  The area surrounding a home, including physical landscape, and access to public transport and lifestyle facilities, can have a sizeable impact on how suited a property is to your needs and situation.  Location should therefore be considered to ensure your purchase is a successful one.  

There are a number of different ways by which you can look to investigate a suburb of interest.  One such method is to visit the area at different times of the day and night and over a weekend.  This will give you an indication about the traffic the area experiences, for example, in morning and evening peak hours.  It will also help you to see if the area is a busy one, and give you some idea of the demographics of the residents who live in the area.   

If access to public transportation is important to you, such as for travelling to work, you may like to test out the area’s various services before committing to a purchase.  This might include driving to your area of interest one day and catching a bus or train to and from work – as though you live in the area.  This should help paint a picture of travel times, conditions and accessibility to you.  

If lifestyle is an important consideration for you, you might like to visit a local dining precinct and investigate an area’s restaurant, café, and pub and bar offerings to see what you would be able to enjoy if you were to live in the suburb.    

All in all, by considering both the individual features of a home, as well as the area in which it is located, buyers can better ensure that their property purchase is a successful one.  By investigating elements such as accessibility to public transportation, lifestyle amenities and the general feel of an area, buyers will likely be able to form a more holistic opinion about a potential property.  

For more indepth information about properties available for purchase, as well as regarding an area of interest, please feel free to contact your local CENTURY 21 real estate office for professional, expert advice.  

Posted by Charles Tarbey on 10/04/2012 at 10:17 AM | Categories:

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