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Friendly Neighborhoods Are More Important Than Ever

Throughout 2020 we’ve seen the Covid-19 pandemic alter a multitude of aspects in daily life, including buying and selling real estate.  One major adjustment has seen people pressed to spend more time at home causing home shoppers to see a shift in their priorities.  According to The Wall Street Journal, neighbors have surfaced as a key factor in today’s home searches buyers are more influenced by how friendly a neighborhood feels.

Folks who are now working from home are substituting “water cooler mingling” at the office, with strolls around the neighborhood. The Wall Street Journal also reports that driveway cocktail parties are replenishing the social gap that live events once did.

Improvenet’s recent survey of 2,500 Americans shows 69 percent say they’ve gotten to know their neighbors better during the pandemic, and 65 percent say they’ve made an effort to be friendlier than usual. Furthermore, 57 percent stated their neighbors have helped to fill the void of visiting with friends and family during the pandemic. And, more than half have had at least one socially distanced gathering with neighbors.

Additionally, psychologists at the University of Michigan found that getting to know your neighbors has more benefits than borrowing an egg or a snow blower. The more you know your neighbors, the less the chance of having a heart attack, says a new study.

According to the four-year study tracking almost 5,300 Americans over the age of 50 who had no history of heart disease, people who made good social connections within their neighborhood had a 22 percent reduced chance of having a heart attack. Being neighborly helps residents feel secure and more willing to help each other, the study says.

When trying to find a good neighborhood, your best best is plenty of research. Your real estate agent is a good resource for pointing out amenities, homeowners’ association rules, and school districts, but the Fair Housing Act prohibits limits the topics they can discuss to prevent discrimination in housing based on race, religion, and many factors.

However, many real estate professionals say you should not be afraid to talk with the neighbors before you buy a home. You can get an idea of whether you’ll be compatible and also often neighbors may disclose material facts that a seller might forget or not think are important enough to mention.

Taking a few walks throughout a neighborhood can help you decipher some merits of the neighborhood and those living there. Seeing how often people are out and about, if kids are playing outside, people walking dogs, running and biking, can all suggest the people currently living there feel comfortable.

Some internet sleuthing can help you find out if your potential neighborhood has a print publication. These can provide stories about local events and upcoming construction projects that will give you a sense of the neighborhood.

Search Groups on Facebook to see if there’s a neighborhood group for the area. If so, this is a great opportunity to see what actual residents have to say about their experience. You can even ask questions directly of current residents to get honest answers about the neighborhood, including things you can’t find anywhere else.

If you’re ready to launch a search for your new home, the guidance and knowledge from a local, experienced Realtor is fundamental.  Especially during these exceptional times, a trusted real estate professional can help ensure your search is efficient and well-organized.  The agents at The Platinum Group, Realtors have spent time growing and refining their knowledge, and are ready to share their expertise, knowledge on market conditions, and skilled negotiation techniques.

With access to a whole suite of tech tools that help navigate the home buying or selling process –contact-free, The Platinum Group will help you move through the transaction with virtual showing tools, online application tools, and a sophisticated searching capacity.

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