Some couples dream of raising their children in the city, while others might be looking for a quiet life in the suburbs. If you’re buying a house, there are certain factors every young family should look for. Below are a few to keep in mind when searching for your new home.
What to Look For in a Neighborhood
1. Outstanding Schools
Whether you already have young children or are looking for a place to start a family, good schools are an absolute necessity. When viewing potential homes for your family, be sure to ask your real estate agent for information about the local school districts. Look for national rankings in science, math, English, and technology, as well as a list of after-school programs.
2. Other Families
Before deciding to make an offer on a home, look around the neighborhood for signs that other children live in the area. A place with a high concentration of families will give your kids the opportunity to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
No one wants to live in a high-crime area, but safety is a much higher priority when you have young children or plan to start a family. Visit a property at several different times of day to see what the atmosphere is like, ask potential neighbors whether they feel safe, and look up crime rates of the neighborhood before making an offer on a home.
4. Low Traffic
A quiet residential street can become busy during rush hour, which presents a risk to young children. To minimize the risk to your children, consider buying a house on a curving street or, even better, in a cul-de-sac. This way, you’ll feel safer knowing that traffic is drastically minimized because of your home’s location.
Buying a house for your family is an exciting adventure, but it can also be an intimidating process. The accomplished team of agents at AYO & Associates have an in-depth understanding of Honolulu’s neighborhoods and the dedication to ensure you get a property your family will love to call home. Visit their website for more on their services and market expertise, or call (808) 927-3190 to discuss your dream home with a real estate agent.