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How To Find The Right Neighborhood in Denver
Buying the right home is undoubtedly essential, but choosing the right neighborhood can be just as important, both for residents and investors. Communities can be distinctly different, so finding the right neighborhood in Denver usually takes a good deal of research, examining both quantitative and qualitative factors. Here, then, are some tips on how to find the right neighborhood in Denver.
Dive-In To Local Pricing
To find the right neighborhood in Denver, you will need to analyze the pricing, both current and past, of the neighborhood’s homes and apartment buildings. You can peruse sites like Zillow and Streeteasy to find a price history of the neighborhood(s) under consideration. Experts advise looking at pricing for the past two to three years. And they also recommend examining average sales prices and price appreciation on recently sold properties. Did they sell under or over the asking price? It’s also a good idea to check market reports from local brokerage firms.
Check Absorption Rates
What is a neighborhood’s absorption rate, and why is it important? It’s the rate at which available homes are sold in a specific market during a given period. These figures are available through local brokers and pertinent real estate sites and can give you a good idea of the neighborhood’s sales pace, using the number of sales vs. listing inventory. You can get the monthly absorption rate by dividing the total listing inventory by the number of sales in a month. This calculation will yield sales activity of the neighborhood, letting you know how strong the market is there and whether it’s the right area for investment. It’s essential to get a good feel for the market this way before putting down your money.
What Are The Amenities
Whether you live in the property or rent it, neighborhood amenities will be vital to help you find the right neighborhood in Denver. Some of the necessary amenities to consider are easy access to public transportation such as trains and buses and walking and biking possibilities. It would also be best if you looked for greenery and open spaces like parks or a nearby waterfront walk. You should also detect a strong sense of community in the neighborhood—things like community gardens and commercial corridors, coffee shops, and local restaurants.
Track Neighborhood Growth
Typically, increasing home values is a phenomenon of proximity. When people (both individuals and businesses) get priced out of one area, they move to the next nearest, more affordable neighborhood. Following this kind of growth in potential communities will help you find the right neighborhood in Denver.
Hit The Streets
You can learn a lot by talking to real estate agents and checking online sources, but nothing beats hitting the streets of the actual neighborhood. So when you think you’ve found a promising community, it’s time to hit the pavement. Walk around the neighborhood observing, use the public transportation yourself, do some shopping in local stores, and talk to neighborhood residents. Statistics, like crime statistics, can often be very misleading. So if you want a better idea of how safe a neighborhood is, talk to homeowners and local business people.
We all know the saying “location is everything,” and it is. So you have to put in the time, effort, and a little research to find the right neighborhood in Denver. But no worries, you don’t have to do it all yourself. The right real estate agent can make it much more manageable to find the right neighborhood. And The Denver Real Estate Agent is ready to help you do just that.