Neighborhood Considerations

At Four Directions Realty, We know that buying a home involves buying into an entire community. It’s important to make sure your new neighborhood suits your needs and preferences every bit as much as the house you decide to purchase. After all, most houses can be modified fairly easily, but neighborhoods take longer.Your buyer’s rep will be able to assist you in many important aspects of your purchase, like locating suitable properties, negotiating, and executing essential transaction details. Along the way, they’ll be able to help answer your questions, with the exception of certain questions concerning neighborhoods.

That’s because real estate professionals are required to abide by Fair Housing laws, which prohibit housing discrimination. Further, neighborhood preferences are highly subjective and personal. As a buyer, YOU need to decide if a neighborhood feels right for you. Your buyer’s rep can point you to excellent resources for background research, but it’s up to you to interpret that information.

When considering a neighborhood, here are some of the most important questions to ask yourself, followed by some links that we hope will helpyou to gather the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.


Are the public schools well regarded? What are the private school options?


Will I feel safe in the neighborhood?


How easy is it to get around? Is there convenient access to highways and public transportation? Are there problems with traffic, lack of parking, etc.?


Who else lives here? Will I be able to develop friendships? Will I feel welcome?

Eating and shopping

What restaurants and stores are nearby?


Are there parks and other facilities for sports, entertainment, etc.?

House of worship

Regardless of my faith, will I be able to find a new house of worship?

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