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You Have To Talk To This Person When House Hunting

And no, it's not your real estate agent

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

When looking for a house or a unit to invest in, we often assume that the only people we need to talk to are agents and sellers. After all, they are the ones who know the space and every other technical detail that needs to be considered. However, you’re probably missing out on another person you should definitely talk to as well when planning to invest in a space—none other than your potential neighbor.


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Your agent or seller will most likely only tell you good things about the property you are looking at, and while this is highly important, it is just as essential to know what kind of neighborhood you might be moving into. This kind of information is something you will only get from people who live in that same area. While you can ask professionals about payments, legal procedures, and nearby establishments, neighbors will be able to tell you about the kind of everyday life that living in that community will give you. Ultimately, this will be vital in making your final decision. After all, there’s no use living in a beautiful and accessible home if the area is unsafe or if you have rude neighbors.

Maybe walk up to some elderly people chatting outside their own homes, or to a parent watching over their children while they're playing, or to someone taking a quick jog around the neighborhood. Strike up a casual, friendly conversation, keeping your questions simple and open-ended. Here are some questions you may ask:

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  • How long have you been living in this neighborhood?
  • Do the neighbors get along with one another?
  • Is there anything you would change about this community?
  • Have you noticed anything odd about this house/property?

 

READ: 10 Important Things To Look For Before Buying A House

Of course, finding a balance between professional opinions and information from your potential neighbor is also vital. Remember to take your neighbors’ words with a grain of salt—it could be that they are just exaggerating.

In general, when looking for a new home, try to get as much information about not just the property you are considering but also the community you might become part of. That way, you can be sure that living there will turn out to be a great experience!

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Source: Apartment Therapy | The Balance

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