.. And why Realtors can't answer most of them.
Riffing off of the WSJ's timely article this morning:
1- Are there kids in this neighborhood?
Look for balls, bikes and playground sets. Despite the fact that most families with kids want to live in neighborhoods with other kids, this is (per my training) deemed to be a Fair Housing Law violation.
2- How are the schools?
Greatschools and School Matters are good starting points, but nothing can replace actually visiting the schools and meeting the principals. We are all customers of the public school system.
3 - What type of people live here?
Many folks want to live with like-minded people, be they other families, medical residents, professors, young professionals, fellow retirees ... I just won't answer these questions. You want demographics without walking the neighborhoods and knocking on doors? Check out the Census' Fact Finder.
4 - Is this area safe?
Click through to read the rest ...
One of my favorite searches is the one I set up that sends me results via RSS for homes with at least a 10% price reduction over the past 30 days . Step One : Visit my Detailed Charlottesville Home Search Page Step 2 : Search by School District (which remains the best way to search for homes in Charlottesville with a geographical limiter) - Check your school district before you buy - School Values and Housing Prices Step 3 : Set your price drop criteria Step 4: View the search results Step 5 : Save the Search. ... • Unrestricted access to all properties • Receive property updates for your searches via Email • Save your favorite properties • Add your own notes to listings • Create and save your personal searches • Keep track of properties you've viewed • Receive updates through a RSS reader
...Now, Check out the Listing Price History on your results As always, if you have questions, please contact me anytime .
Every real estate market is different; this one has brought more pre-offer inspections than I have ever seen (in part because I'm more comfortable suggesting them to my buyer clients). ... The home inspection negotiation is often the most emotional, vindictive, painful and difficult periods of the negotiation; a pre-offer inspection removes phase. ... Risks : - Even in this market, homes are selling; some are selling with multiple offers and buyers can lose properties if they opt for the pre-offer inspection path - Some sellers don't want to allow these; they want assurances that a buyer is really committed before allowing a home inspection. ... One must evaluate all factors involved, some of which are the buyers, the sellers, the buyers' agent, the sellers' agent, the respective companies, the days on market, market activity to name a few ...