Kathy A. Torline-Nordstrom
ERA Herman Group Real Estate
Serving Colorado Springs
Neighborhoods are important
As an active, full-time Colorado Springs Realtor, I often talk to people who want to buy or sell a home, and to people who are looking to relocate to the Colorado Springs area. I try to
help people choose some potential neighborhoods for their home search, as it’s impossible for them to look at homes in the entire city. Finding the right neighborhood is every bit as important as finding the right house.
There are lots of questions I ask when I first talk to someone looking to relocate to the area, as the more I understand what’s important to a buyer, the better I can help them direct them. Here’s some of the questions I start with:
- Schools – If you have children or are planning on having children, school districts are important. Homes in good school districts often sale for more money and maintain their value. There are many wonderful web sites that can help you gather this info, and one of my favorites is www.greatschools.com.
- Commute and walking time – How far do you want to drive to your job/employment? Do you want to be able to walk to work, to school? Do you want to be close to the Interstate? Do you want to be able to walk to restaurants and shopping? How do you feel about driving in traffic? Do you want your kids to walk to school? To be close to the bus stop?
- Activities – What are you favorite activities Do you want to be close to a golf course? Close to hiking? Close to biking trails? Close to the gym? Close to shopping? Near a recreation center? Do you want to be close to a park to walk your dog?
- Budget – What’s your budget? This definitely is a major factor in your neighborhood search. If you may want a house on 5 acres close to the city for $200,000, not going to happen. If you want a new house close to downtown, not going to happen. If you want a historic house in the eastern part of Colorado Springs, not going to happen.
- The feel of the neighborhood- Do you like trees, and parks? Do like older neighborhoods, more established area? Or a newer development? Do you houses that are close together, or do you want more space between the houses? Do you want a view of the mountains? Do you want to live in the foothills?
Take your time choosing a neighborhood. It’s important.
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