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Real Estate: Tips When Buying a Home

Updated on September 3, 2015

A home is likely the most expensive purchase you'll make in your life; therefore, you want to ensure that you do it correctly. Instead of just racing into a home sale, check out the following components to ensure the highest level of success.

Neighborhood Crime Rates

Checking out the crime rates of the specific neighborhood and the town overall is important. You want to get a sense of how this area stacks up against surrounding ones. If the crime rates are higher, consider checking out other communities. Also, you should find out if the crime rates have been increasing or decreasing in recent years. When an upward trend has existed, consider buying in another town as that trend may simply continue.

School Districts

Whether or not you have or are planning to have children, researching the school districts is a good idea. Parents want to know if the schools are considered safe and what the caliber of academics is at the educational facilities. You may wonder why you should research school districts if you aren't having children, and the answer is that school districts can often reveal other issues that are prevalent in the community, such as poverty, gang violence and drug usage.

Home Inspection

Obtaining a full and complete home inspection is crucial before you decide to put your offer in on any particular property. You want to make sure that the house is in full functioning condition and that any issues are resolved by the current homeowner. For example, you may discover that the house has signs of termite damage or that the plumbing system is about to burst.

Check out Similar Houses on the Market

Looking into similar houses that are currently on the market and ones that have just sold in the community can give you a good idea as to whether or not you're paying a fair price. When other houses are at much lower prices, you have some serious negotiating power. If the prices are higher, then you can feel confident that you are getting a good deal and that the seller may be willing to negotiate even more.

Knowing what to look for when you're buying a house is of utmost importance because you're going to be putting a great deal of money into it. Therefore, take the time to make sure you fully go through each one of these suggestions during the process.


Gennady Barsky is a real estate mogul from NYC.

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