When you begin your search for a new home, it is important to not only evaluate the house itself, but also the surroundings, i.e. the neighborhood. Everyone has different needs, and there are some important factors you should consider before deciding on a home or neighborhood. Make sure you look at:
- quality of schools (if you have, or are planning to have, children)
- average property values
- amount of traffic in the area
- crime rate
- future construction
- proximity to schools, employment, hospitals, shops, public transportation, prisons, freeways, airports, beaches, parks, stadiums, and cultural activities such as museums, concerts and theaters.
- Information on Marlboro events, policies, committees, and much more can be found at: http://www.marlboro-nj.gov/
- Additionally, http://www.marlboro-nj.gov/new_residents.html has tons of resources for new residents, such as school district information, church locations, voter registration forms, and tons more!
Neighborhood search strategies
For first time homebuyers, especially, it is a good idea to buy a home that meets your primary needs, in the best neighborhood within your price range. First time homebuyers typically have limited financial resources, so here are a few ways to ensure that you are picking a good location and staying within your price range.
- Look for communities that are likely to become “hot neighborhoods” in the coming years. These are often times the neighborhoods that are a bit farther out of the city.
- If commuting is a concern, purchase a home that is close to public transportation.
- Look to see if it is a “high demand” area by asking real estate agent if Marlboro sellers are receiving multiple offers on their homes, whether the gap between the list price and sale price is decreasing, and if there is active community involvement.
- You can also drive around the neighborhoods in Marlboro and see how many “sale pending” and “sold” signs there are in a particular area.
- If the homes in Marlboro are out of your price range, consider buying a condominium in the area. This way you are still able to live in a prime area.