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RE: How to check out a neighborhood BEFORE you buy (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: kec01 on 10.04.2007 at 07:23 pm in Buying and Selling Homes Forum

How to research neighborhoods:
1. Look up US Census Data.
2. Call the local police department and ask for crime statistics for the street or zip code you're interested in.
3. Drive around with your eyes open during daytime hours.
4. Get local newspapers and read about the issues.
5. Get out of your car and talk to people on the streets you'd consider living on.
6. If you can't drive around to find the stores etc, use the store locater on the store's website.

We live in a gay friendly town with synagogues, oriental, catholic, lutheran, baptist, christian etc churches; we are integrated; we live 6 blocks from a horrible neighborhood in terms of crime; we have awesome neighbors in all shapes and sizes - only 1 bigot; public schools are highly ranked but there are private schools, too; we can walk for minimal groceries and the big food stores are 1-2 miles away; Target is 2 miles away. We figured all of that out, except about the bigot, before we put in our offer.

Am I so old that I'm of the generation that was taught how to research and can actually still do it? There are loads of ways to check out neighborhoods and neighbors - can anyone think of other creative ways?

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Neighborhood Research - home buying
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