Moving long distances, out of state, or to an otherwise unfamiliar area can be daunting. You want to look at real estate in safe neighborhoods within your budget and accessible to the amenities you need to live comfortably. EXIT Realty Nexus is a team of real estate agents serving the Coon Rapids, Minnesota, area, and they’re here to share three tips for house hunting in unfamiliar places.
3 Tips For House Hunting In An Unfamiliar Area
1. Evaluate Neighborhood Safety
To get an idea of local crime rates, your real estate agent is a good place to start. They can give you statistics on crime in the various neighborhoods you're looking into. A high number of homes for sale is a possible indicator for a neighborhood with a high rate of break-ins. Be cautious when checking out neighborhoods that have a lot of vacancies.
2. Talk To A Local
Don't hesitate to reach out to current residents in the area you're moving to. Your real estate agent at EXIT Realty Nexus can connect you with locals, or you can find people through social media who will likely be willing to talk frankly with you about a specific area. A local can offer you insights into everything from hip hangouts and the most popular restaurants to the best schools and the most affordable housing markets.
3. Research Property Taxes
Paying property taxes is a requirement of any homeowner, no matter where you live. Unfortunately, many overlook this important payment when considering the cost of a new house or mortgage. Look into property tax rates in the areas you're relocating to; you don't want the tax bill to come as a surprise. Your real estate agent at EXIT Realty Nexus will give you all the information you need on property taxes in the area.
While relocating to an unfamiliar area comes with its own set of challenges, finding your dream home shouldn't be one of them. Call EXIT Realty Nexus at (763) 757-3948 to schedule a meeting with a real estate agent. You can also visit the firm on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news and industry trends.