Do you remember the song titled “The Green Grass Grows All Around”? The lyrics go on and on, always adding one more level to an ever-expanding picture.
The egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.
Purchasing a home is not merely about moving your belongings to a new set of rooms. From the instant when you find your dream home, up until the instant when you meet with sellers and lawyers to sign your purchase contract, the ramifications of these seemingly mundane (for some) actions are as mind boggling as the extension of the tiny seed into a majestic tree and all the life in it.
When you purchase a home, it is an entire neighborhood and lifestyle that you acquire. In fact, in many cases, it is the atmosphere of a neighborhood that first gives potential home buyers the buying bug. But how do you know it is the right neighborhood? HGTV’s Front Door, a very comprehensive website that offers home buying and selling advice and tools, lists 5 steps to finding the place where you belong. In this first in a series of three articles, I’d like to offer you an oversight of steps 1, 2 and 3.
Step 1 consists in profiling your perfect neighborhood. I especially like Front Door’s instructions to “Turn the magnifying glass back on yourself”. Really. Who are you? How do you live now? What is lacking and absolutely essential? What is not so critical? What should change? First, according to the Front Dorr article, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have children or will you have children soon? What sort of school system or proximity would suit you?
- What type of home would you prefer? A single-family or condo, for instance.
- How far are you willing to commute?
- Do you prefer a historic neighborhood or a new development?
- What is lacking in your current community?
- Do you want easy walk-able access to services and work?
- What is it that you do not want in a neighborhood?
Step 2 happens at street level. Select a town and identify specific neighborhood that you would like to research more thoroughly.
For Step 3, with profile and neighborhood features in hand, search for even more detailed information.
- Get information about specific schools
- Find out crime statistics
- Find out about parks and recreation opportunities
- Find out about local services and businesses
- Get some information about the tourist industry in this area
Click HERE to read the original Front Door article.
When asked how satisfied they are with their home and quality of life, residents of Morristown, Stowe, Cambridge and surrounding towns consistently give their neighborhood a satisfaction factor well above 70 %, 80 % and even 90 %. The landscape, the schools, the shops and infrastructure get their character and flavor from the life that goes on here. Seek out its voice and you will know whether you speak the same language. Go to local restaurants and libraries and talk with local folks.