So you're going to move. How in the world do you choose a new neighborhood to live in?

InfoSpace .com recently had tips on how to make sure your new locale feels like home sweet home. These are the five things you need to consider.

  1. Drive around the neighborhood and ask yourself if this is the kind of area you can see yourself living in. Is the grocery store nearby or is it difficult to get to? Are you living next to a liquor store? Do you like that? Are there good restaurants nearby? This is going to be your new "hood" so you want to make sure it feels right.
  2. Come back to the neighborhood at different times. Is it congested during rush hour? Does your peaceful little street become a cut through so others can avoid traffic? What happens at night? Is it too noisy? You'll be there 24 hours a day, so check it out the same way.
  3. Is it near a hospital, police station, fire station? Close access is good. But a new place on the ambulance route TO the hospital is not. The same goes for fire engines and police.
  4. What was the area BEFORE it became homes? Was it farmland? Or a swamp? Or a landfill? Check titles and geographic surveys and you'll be happier in the long run.
  5. Look for an affordable home in an affordable neighborhood. If you have the best house in a bad neighborhood, your home will never appreciate.

This advice is brought to you by the National Association of Realtors. Buying or selling a home is no small task. You need a professional you can trust to guide you and answer your questions. Make sure to ask your agent if they're a realtor,  a member of the National Association of Realtors.

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