Buying a Magnolia TX Home? Assess The Neighborhood First
One of the many preparations you need to make before purchasing a Magnolia TX home is to research and assess the location of the property. It’s not a “perfect” home for you if the neighborhood doesn’t provide what you want in terms of schools, amenities, curb appeal, safety, transportation, personal values, and atmosphere.
Just as you identify house features that are important to you before looking for a new home, you should also do the same in regards to a neighborhood. Make a list of favorable community attributes and prioritize the items so that you can focus on those aspects when evaluating the location of a potential Magnolia TX home. Determine what is really important to you and your family, what amenities are part of your everyday life, and what would constitute a “deal breaker.” Remember that you will most likely be part of the neighborhood for a long time and will want to be happy there.
Tips for gathering information vital to your search and assessment include the following:
1. Utilize word of mouth
- Ask family and friends for recommendations.
- Talk directly to potential neighbors.
- Visit the school principal, police precinct captain, and hospital directorto help evaluate the quality of those institutions.
- Talk to your real estate agent about the status of property values, traffic congestion, and crime statistics.
2. Use the internet and local newspaper
- Check out the HOA rules for the development.
- Look up ratings for nearby medical facilities and schools.
- Investigate house prices, current number of foreclosures, and units presently for sale.
- Look at the demographicsof the neighborhood. Is there a variety of age groups? Other children? Families?
- Go to www.GreatSchools.org/ for valuable information about nearby schools.
3. Visit the neighborhood often–in a car and on foot
- Drive/walk there at different timesof the day.
- Make note of the traffic situation–not only on the street of “your” Magnolia TX home but on nearby streets as well.
- Look at the number, type, and condition of vehicles belonging to homeowners. Is the parking adequate to handle both owners and guests?
- Check out the curb appeal of the community.Are homes well-maintained and yards well- tended to and clutter free? Are streets well-lighted, and are sidewalks available?
- Listen for noises which could become real irritants over time. Note barking dogs, train whistles, heavy traffic sounds, bar/restaurant congestion with loud voices. Where are the potentially noisy bus stops, the school playgrounds, the parks? Also pinpoint the proximity of fire and police stationsif you’re not a fan of sirens.
- Measure distances to places of importance to you. Think about getting to work, availability of public transportation, accessibility of medical and emergency services, and the convenience of schools and shopping centers.
When you buy a new home, you also buy into the neighborhood, so thoroughly investigating the community before purchasing will go a long way in ensuring the quality of life you’re looking for.
Whether you are new to the Magnolia Texas real estate market, thinking of moving up, or you’re an experienced investor, Pam Sitterly has the expertise, proven track record, and resources to help you buy Magnolia TX real estate for sale or market Magnolia TX homes for sale. Enthusiasm, knowledge of the area and personal concern for her client’s interests combine to make Pam an outstanding resource for your real estate transactions.
Pam works extensively to help Buyers and Sellers meet their Magnolia Texas real estate goals. For more information about buying or selling your Magnolia TX home, please call Pam at 281-723-0324 or via email with this convenient contact form.