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Real Estate Tip: Talk to the Neighbor’s Pre-Purchase

Michael And Pasima Arikat
(707) 899-5282

You’ve finally found your dream home. It’s in the perfect location and your agent has negotiated a killer price. It’s been inspected and all parties involved are happy with their end of the deal. You’re almost ready to sign the dotted line, but there’s one thing you should do first.

Before committing to one of the most important and capital intensive purchases of your life, you’ll want to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Even though the home may seem perfect, the property itself is not all that matters.

Talking to some people in the neighborhood can give you a great idea of whether or not you’ll fit in or feel comfortable in the area. All neighborhoods are different, and you’re probably looking for a particular lifestyle.

Are you one for backyard bbqs and block parties? Maybe you’d prefer to keep to yourself. Do you have children? Maybe you’d like to know how safe the neighborhood is, or have some other children in the area for playdates.

If you want to get a real feel for the area where you could potentially be living, who better to ask than people who already live there?

The people, social scene and atmosphere in a neighborhood can make more of an impact on your experience than the property itself. Asking the new neighbors the following questions will help you uncover some useful information before sealing the deal.

  • How long have you lived in the area?
  • What’s it like living in this neighborhood/town/city?
  • What’s the overall atmosphere in the neighborhood like? How would you describe the noise level? The social scene?
  • What do you like best about this neighborhood?
  • Would you say there are any drawbacks to the area? If you could change anything, what would it be?
  • Did you know the previous owners of this home? What do you know about this property?
  • How do you feel about the HOA? (if applicable)

Talking to several neighbors before closing is doing due diligence. The neighbors may even disclose information that the seller has “forgotten” to mention. Also, depending on how those you approach react, it could make or break your deal.

Buying a new home may seem intimidating, but I’m here to help. Are you ready to learn about homes, neighborhoods, and schools in your area? Contact me today!

Michael And Pasima Arikat
(707) 899-5282
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