How To Find Your Perfect Community In 4 Simple Steps

Finding your dream house is only half the battle - when you're thinking about relocating to central Missouri, you have to find the perfect community to call your new home. You may be tempted to focus entirely on the actual houses during your home search, but it's important to step back and look at the bigger picture as well. Your new home's surrounding community will have a big impact on your quality of life in the new house, and it's important to find one you like!

1. Identify Your Priorities
The first step to finding your perfect community is determining what your priorities are. If you have young children (or plan on having them while living there), you'll want to be sure that you find a community that is kid-friendly. Is there space for your kids to play outside? Are there parks, pools, or playgrounds within reach?

If, on the other hand, your kids are out of the house and you are planning to retire at the Lake of the Ozarks, you may want to find a community that is quiet and conveniently located near any facilities you may need. No matter what your priorities are, it's important to identify them before you begin searching for homes for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks so that you can only tour homes that are viable possibilities.

2. Talk To The Neighbors
You don't have to wait until after you have purchased your new home to talk to the neighbors! While you're touring the home, don't be afraid to introduce yourself to your would-be neighbors. Do you get along with them? What do they say about living there? Do they like it? Are there things they would change?

From the outside looking in, there is no way you can learn everything there is to know about your new neighborhood. By talking to the neighbors, you can gain valuable insider knowledge about what it is truly like to live there.

3. Cruise The Streets
When you are touring homes, your Lake of the Ozarks real estate agent will take you directly to each house on your list without any detours along the way. We recommend going back by the homes later, on your own time, and exploring the surrounding roads.

What do you see? Do the nearby homes appear to be in good shape, or do they look worn and decrepit? Are the roads in good condition? While these surrounding conditions may not have an daily impact on your new routine, it's important to keep your eyes open to all of the factors when you're buying a new home in central Missouri.

4. Hire A Real Estate Agent
If you're moving to central Missouri (especially if you're relocating from a different city or state), having a local real estate agent on your side can make a world of difference. Your real estate agent will be intimately familiar with the area and can provide valuable insight into what your local lifestyle would be like. Your agent will also know the available properties inside and out and will be able to help direct you to the homes that will best fit your needs. If you are thinking about buying a house near the Lake of the Ozarks, give Devine & Associates Real Estate a call!

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Devine & Associates Real Estate
(573) 392-9900

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