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How To Learn About a New Neighborhood

Buying a home often means you may have to learn about new surroundings. Whether you're trying to learn about an area before you make the move or you've finished unpacking your boxes and you're ready to get to know your new community, you can use these tips to learn about a new neighborhood.

Take a Walk. One of the best ways to get to know a neighborhood is to explore it on your own two feet. A walk can tell you more about a neighborhood than what online pictures and maps show. It also gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the neighborhood and learn more about it.

Talk to People. The people who live in a neighborhood are a big part of what makes it a community. If you have friends or family who live in the area, ask them what they like and don't like about where they live. If you're moving to a completely new area, look for public Facebook groups or community pages where people can help answer your questions.

Check Out the Local Shops. Pretty much every community has national chain stores, but the local shops are what really make neighborhoods unique. Visiting local businesses is a great way to engage with people who live in the area and help support the community at the same time.

Practice Your Commute. Your commute is an important part of your daily life. You'll want to know the easiest way to commute to work and how long it will take. The best way to find out this information is to practice your commute - ideally, during the time you would normally be making this trip.

Once you've done your research and found the perfect neighborhood, reach out to a real estate professional who can help you find the right home.