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Choosing a Residential Development

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A residential development itself is easily overlooked when you’re looking at the home itself. While you're checking the foundation, paint job and HVAC, don't forget to turn around and look at the neighborhood around you. What is the flavor of the neighborhood? The subdivision may be full of starter homes, targeted to families or seniors, or all of the above. Some will be built around a lake; others will have built-in park and picnic space or a pool. Determine what's important to you when choosing a subdivision.

Residential Development Details

First and foremost, if you have children, finding a home in a good school district will likely be your highest priority. Medical care, public transportation and retail options near the home also are important considerations.
Those with children also make sure that there are safe places for them to play, be it a nearby playground or yards not close to busy thoroughfares. Those who like to walk, run or jog should check out the routes of the area. Security is one of the main issues you'll want to examine in your new subdivision. Many communities offer gates, but even better is one with manned personnel. This especially comes into play with unknown vehicles -- residents who don't have the appropriate marker that they are a resident can be flagged for checking.

Residential Development Community

So you have the home picked out. It's got a great location and amenities ... but, what about the neighborhood itself? How far apart are the homes -- will there be a noise issue? Consider whether you'll want to make additions to the home down the road -- will there be enough space. What are the subdivision rules? Your homeowner's association may be laid back or more hands-on, providing regulations as detailed as when to take out and bring back your garbage can and what color you can paint your house.

Residential Development Considerations

  • Will any upgrades to the home down the road upset the resale value for not matching the caliber of surrounding homes?
  • What is the protocol for conflicts with neighbors such as noise complaints?
  • Is the neighborhood community oriented, or do residents typically stick to themselves?

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