By: Tara-Nicholle Nelson
When we house hunt, we spend so much time worrying about the basics, like home style, pricing and school district scores, that we don’t always notice the nuances that can differentiate a match made in heaven from something that’s decidedly more meh. If you’re in the process of vetting neighborhoods and want to optimize the match, here are 4 questions to ask yourself, your agent and your prospective neighbors:
1. What do people around here like to do in their spare time? I’m not suggesting that you need to be every-weekend running buddies with your new BFF next door. But if you run into the neighbors while you’re viewing a property, this can be a very revealing question to ask. It’ll help you get a feel for the general connectedness of people in the area. If no one you ask knows what anyone else likes to do, it might be the sort of place where people keep to themselves, which might or might not jive with the sort of lifestyle you’re hoping to build.
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