Is the Neighbourhood as Ideal as it Appears?

Dated: July 7 2022

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “First impressions can be deceiving.” That can be true, especially when you’re looking for a new home.

If you’re exploring potential neighbourhoods to target with your home search, a quick drive around the area can be revealing. You can discover a lot about the character of the community.

However, if you’re seriously considering buying a home in a particular neighbourhood, you should find out if it’s as ideal as it appears through the dashboard window. One way to do that is to park the car and walk around. Explore the streets and pathways. Get a “shoes on the ground” perspective. If the opportunity arises, chat with a homeowner.

Another way is to access data on the area. In most cases, you can find details such as owner-to-renter ratio, noise rating, and more. You can also determine if any planned local development might impact your lifestyle in the future.

And, don’t forget about those characteristics you can’t see at first glance but might have a big impact. For example, if you plan to take transit to work, you don’t want to find out, after you move in, that the nearest transit stop is a 20-minute walk away!

Chances are your first impression of a neighbourhood is correct. But, take the time to find out for sure.

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Candy Ashdown

Experienced REALTOR® specializing in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland. My local experience and expertise, combined with the brand power and influence of Royal LePage enables me to empower my c....

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