Imagine going to a restaurant with your family for dinner. You’re planning on ordering a nice pasta and salad. Your heart is set on it. But, after you go to the trouble of driving there and getting a table, you discover that pasta is not on the menu.
Of course, it’s only a meal. You can go somewhere else next time. But, what if the same scenario played out once you had moved into a new neighbourhood? Imagine you were counting on public transit being in easy walking distance, but discovered the nearest stop is four blocks away. Argh!
That’s why it’s important to ensure a neighbourhood has the characteristics you want — before you make an offer on a home you like. Your REALTOR® will be an invaluable resource for challenges like this!
Think about what you want most in a neighbourhood. Consider work, commuting, schools, playgrounds, noise level, walking and cycling, hobbies, shopping, entertainment, etc.
If there is a neighbourhood feature that is very important to you, check it out for yourself. For example, if easy access to a main highway is desirable for commuting, take the route for a test drive.
Besides the resources your REALTOR® can provide you with, Canada’s number one real estate website, REALTOR.ca, also provides you with a lot of a neighbourhood details, demograhics, and school catchment information.
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