Your neighborhood can have a huge impact on your lifestyle. Using these tips, can help you find the perfect Chicago-North Shore community to call home.

  1. Observe and make personal notes. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three neighborhoods, go there and take a walk around. Do the homes have curb appeal and appear well maintained? Are streets quiet? How does it feel? Pick a mild day if you can and strike up a conversation with people working outside or passing by.
  2. Take a close look at the school district. This is especially important if you have children, but it also can affect value at resale. The Department of Education in your ideal area can most likely provide information on test scores, class sizes, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. If you have school-age children, visit schools in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Also, visit the site: education.com.
  3. Check return on investment. Ask a local seasoned North Shore real estate agent-REALTOR® or call the local REALTOR® association to get information about market appreciation in the area. Although past performance is no certain guarantee of future results, this information may give you a sense of how good of an investment your home will be. A REALTOR® or the government planning agency also may be able to tell you about current or planned developments as well as other changes in the neighborhood — like a new school, highway, stores — that may have an effect on property values.
  4. Will it be close to your required places? Make a list of things you like to do, places you frequent and general activities — movies, health club, church, etc. —  The functions you engage in regularly and stores you visit often. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering, to engage in activates or complete tasks.
  5. Check on neighborhood safety. Ask the police department for neighborhood crime stats. Consider not only the number of crimes but also the type — such as burglaries or armed robberies — and the trend of increasing or decreasing crime. Also, is crime centered in only one part of the area, such as near a retail spot?
  6. Determine the neighborhood’s Stability. Check with your local city economic development office to see if income and property market values in the neighborhood are stable or rising. What is the percentage of homes to apartments? Apartments don’t necessarily diminish value, but do mean a more transient population. Do you see vacant businesses or homes that have been for sale for a long period of time?

View a helpful video guide HERE or find more tips and lifestyle search HERE and HERE

Our North Shore Coldwell Banker Office can provide you with local guides, resources or general information on buying and/or selling a north shore property. Stop by our office located at 640 Vernon Ave in downtown Glencoe, Illinois 60022.  Our North Shore real estate agents/brokers pride themselves on providing exceptional service past our 45 years of real estate performance history.

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