Tips for House Hunting in a New City
Updated: Jan 5
The stress of packing up and moving to an entirely new city can feel overwhelming. While choosing a home in a new neighborhood can be nerve-racking, it is an inevitable part of your adventure. There's a lot at stake: The wrong decision can cost you money and peace of mind, but the right decisions can. It will take a combination of good choices, from finding a good agent to careful planning. Keep these in tips in mind the next time you are looking for a home in a new city:
Emphasize the Commute
If you’re moving to a new city, it’s likely that you’re doing so because you’ve accepted a new job. One way that will make the transition easier is by finding a location that best fits your life. You don’t want to be stuck out of walking distance from your place of employment, or without access to public transportation.
How far is it? Is there bad traffic? Are there multiple routes? These are all questions consider when assessing the ideal location.
Once you know the general area in which you’d like to live, check out these websites for more granular details:
City-Data can collect data from numerous sources to create detailed profiles of U.S. cities, including information from crime rates to weather patterns.
Homefacts takes it a step further by listing neighborhood statistics such as median home price, homes for sale, and foreclosures.
AreaVibes can help you narrow down a search; after you type a ZIP code or city in which you’d like to live, you can adjust metrics such as amenities, crime, cost of living, and housing prices to compile a list of neighborhoods that match your “livability” needs.
Tap Local Resources
In many cities and town, the Chamber of Commerce will provide information for people who are relocating. Also, keep an eye out for information about property taxes in recent years. Declining property taxes often indicate that communities have had to roll back public services.
If you have kids, you can get review local public schools at GreatSchools.org, as well as determine your day care and after-school options. Even if you don’t have children, a good school system are a major factor in determining home values in a neighborhood.
If you’re in need of advice or assistance during your home search, contact me today!