All of these areas have rental properties that are available. Try to do as much research about each area on line before committing to one area.
â– Check out the school district. This is especially important if you have children, but it also can affect resale value. The Department of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores, class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. If you have school-age children, visit schools in the neighborhoods youâ€™re considering. Also, check out www.schoolmatters.com.
â– Find out if the neighborhood is safe. Ask the police department for neighborhood crime statistics. Consider not only the number of crimes but also the type â€” such as burglaries or armed robberies â€” and the trend of increasing or decreasing crime. Also, is crime centered in only one part of the neighborhood, such as near a retail area?
Fred Yancy, Broker