Buyer Tip Live In A Neighborhood Before Purchasing

Dated: 11/22/2019

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Buyer Tip: ‘Live’ in a Neighborhood Before Purchasing


Before buying a car, you take it for a test drive. With homes, buyers can request a pre-stay, but there are also other ways to find out if a neighborhood is suitable.

CHICAGO – Before purchasing a car, most consumers want to take it out for a test drive, a tactic sometimes used for home buying. A few house hunters ask for a “test stay” at a home before signing a purchase contract, but that’s not always possible. However, there are other ways to “test drive” a neighborhood.

Tim McMullen, a sales associate with Kinoko in San Francisco’s luxury market, recently offered some tips in a® article:

  • Book an Airbnb or other short-term rental. Clients should aim for at least a three-day trip over a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This gives them a chance to scout out the neighborhood on both a weekday and weekend.

  • Check real-time crime updates in the area. Clients can use apps such as Citizen, which crowdsources crime reports.

  • Do a run-through of the commute. Suggest that clients drive the route they would take between home and work, as well as the most convenient avenues to accommodate routine shopping and other regular errands.

  • Visit local happy hours and weekend festivities. This gives clients more of a feel for the neighborhood they’re considering. “Your goals should be to see as many venues as you possibly can, to get a sense of the ambiance and demographics of the local nightlife and social scene,” McMullen writes.

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