If you’re hunting for a new home, it can be tempting to make an appointment to view as many as possible. However, it can be a better use of your time to narrow down the search beforehand and eliminate houses from your list based on some at-home research. That way you can use those extra hours for fine-tuning your home search and make sure you visit only the houses that will suit your every need.

In this article, we’ll teach you some ways to research a home, neighborhood and town before you take the time to visit.

Things to Research about Your Potential New Neighborhood

So you’ve found a listing that looks nice. Your next step should be to find out as much as possible about the area the home is in to make sure it suits your needs.

A good first step is to head over to Google Maps to find out which amenities are in the area. Schools, banks, grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, parks… the list goes on. This is also a good time to map out how long it will take you on average to drive to work from this house and to see if it will lead you through any high-traffic areas that might affect your daily schedule.

You can also research other homes in the area to see if the house is selling higher or lower than average. This will give you a question to ask the real estate agent if you choose to reach out for further information.

Town statistics

Another step to take on Google for this home is to look up statistics for things like neighborhood crime, ratings for the school district, and the state of local businesses.

Is the area up-and-coming with healthy businesses and low crime? If so, it could be worth pursuing further.

If you’re planning on having children or already do, the quality of the education could be of importance to you.

Finally, get an idea of the local tax rates so you know how much you’ll owe the government for your property and excise taxes.

Researching the house itself

If you’re comfortable with the town and neighborhood, there’s still some research you can do online before you schedule a showing.

See if you can find out if the house belongs to a homeowner’s association. Look up their rules and fees to see if they’re agreeable to you and your family’s lifestyle and plans for the future.

Look up the sale history for the home. If there are several recent sales, this could be a sign of problems with the home or neighborhood. Similarly, if the price has increased or decreased dramatically more than nearby houses, consider asking the real estate agent why this is.

Finally, see if you can view the number of days the home has been on on the market, commonly abbreviated as “DOM.” This will give you some insight as to how desirable the home and neighborhood are.

Once you have all of the information at your disposal, you’ll be in a position to decide whether or not to schedule an appointment to view the home.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT HILLSIDE ESTATES.- SIMILAR ALTON MODEL HOUSE TO BE BUILT. The house has approximately 3243 sq. ft. Buyers can design their own kitchen, select options to make it “Their House”. It will have a walk out basement. The house backs up to conservation/wooded land which is part of the lot which on which the house is being built. It is located on Ashland’s west side in the area of the Apple Ridge and Orchard Estates neighborhoods. Hillside Estates is close to Ashland’s “T” station at Pleasant and High Streets. Hopkinton State Park is nearby with its beach, picnic grounds, play areas and walking trails, as is the Ashland State Park. The project and the house in process can be seen by appointment. The house will be built to Energy Star standards. Call listing agent for floor plans and details about the project. This Alton model has been modified over the base models to include a full first floor bath. Delivery Sep 2018.

This is a Colonial style home and features 9 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 4 bedrooms, 1.04 Acres, and is currently available for $780,000.

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