Tips for Selecting a Neighborhood: Resale and New Homes
Location and neighborhood features are significant factors to consider when searching for a new home. The appeal of a dream home can quickly fade if the neighborhood doesn't meet your expectations or suit your needs. The best long-term strategy is to consider both individual home features and general neighborhood characteristics to find the combination that best fits your lifestyle. Use the JournalHOMES website to find comprehensive neighborhood information and to search resale and new homes in Greer, Simpsonville, and across the SC Upstate.
What Makes a Neighborhood the Right One?
Every buyer has their own ideas about what they are looking for in a neighborhood, but there are also several basics that get identified again and again as playing an important role in neighborhood selection:
Identify the factors that are most important to you to help focus your search. It may also help to consider both your current needs and your plans for the future so your neighborhood choices will suit your lifestyle for years to come. If you are considering new homes in under-construction neighborhoods, it can be useful to evaluate surrounding communities and the area's zoning classifications. The JournalHOMES website is also a great resource for information on new homes and neighborhoods in the Simpsonville, Greer, and Greenville, SC area.
Getting a Sense of the Area
If you find a home you like but need to get a better sense of the neighborhood, it can be helpful to visit the area several times to gain insight into the community's flow and activities. Plan your visits so they fall on different days and at different times to get a comprehensive feel for the location. If there are community amenities, such as a pool or club house, check to see how well-maintained they seem. You can also talk to neighbors to get additional information about the area. Does traffic seem to be an issue? If you have children, does the neighborhood seem family-friendly? Do you feel welcome and comfortable when visiting?
JournalHOMES provides photos and descriptions of over 1200 Upstate, SC neighborhoods. Many neighborhood pages also include neighborhood news. To learn more, use our convenient neighborhood search option.
While multiple visits can help you develop your own sense of the neighborhood, there are many other resources that can provide additional perspectives on the community. An obvious asset is your real estate agent. Often agents have a good understanding of neighborhoods and can tell you if the community is part of an up-and-coming area or has other interesting features that make it unique. If the home you are considering is in a newly developed community, the builder's website or builder's agents can help you envision the intended feel of the neighborhood when everything is complete. Additionally, the JournalHOMES website is an easy-to-use resource with detailed neighborhood information that includes maps, school details, prices, photos, and more for both resale and new homes in the Upstate, SC area.
Settling Into Your New Neighborhood
Once you have found a home and neighborhood that meet your needs, take advantage of them! Establishing relationships with neighbors and being active in the community can help ease the transition to a new home and neighborhood.
Introduce Yourself - Strike up a conversation while out walking the dog or grabbing the mail to get acquainted with neighbors.
Get Involved - Participate in community activities, join the HOA, organize an event, or find other ways to be active in the neighborhood.
Volunteer - Volunteering is a great way to enhance the community while also meeting others. Find opportunities through community centers, churches, schools, or online.
Buyers who purchase new construction homes have the unique opportunity to help shape their neighborhood from very early on by taking an active role in the community.
Search Local Neighborhoods: Greer, Simpsonville, and Surrounding Upstate SC Areas
For more information about specific listings in the Upstate, including resale and new homes in Simpsonville, Greer, and surrounding SC communities, use our convenient search tools. The JournalHOMES website is a unique resource with easy-to-use features that can simplify your home search.
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