How to Choose a Neighborhood for Your Home Search

Narrow your home search by identifying neighborhoods that are right for you. This helps keep your search focused and efficient. I can offer neighborhood information to guide you in your search. You can find Connecticut Town Map here.

When evaluating a neighborhood you should investigate local conditions. Depending on your own particular needs and tastes, some of the following factors may be more important considerations than others:

  • Quality of schools

  • Property values

  • Traffic

  • Crime rate

  • Future construction/Growth

  • Proximity to schools, employment, hospitals, shops, public transportation, prisons, highways, airports, beaches, parks, stadiums, college and universities and cultural centers such as museums and theaters.

Neighborhood Search Strategies for Limited Budgets

If you’re a buyer with limited financial resources, it's wise to buy a home that meets your primary needs in the best neighborhood that fits within your price range. You can maximize your home purchase location by incorporating some of the following strategies into your neighborhood search:

  • Neighborhood demand: Look at the neighborhood demand by asking me whether multiple offers are being made, whether the gap between the list price and sale price is decreasing and whether there is active community involvement. You can also drive around neighborhoods and see how many "sale pending" and "sold" signs there are in a particular area.

  • Co-ownership: Look into purchasing a condominium or co-op, rather than a house, in a desirable neighborhood. It may open an opportunity for you to purchase in a prime area that you otherwise may not consider.