Buyer Be­ware! House Hunt­ing Red Flags

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

If you’re look­ing for a home and you al­ready nar­rowed down your search to a few prop­er­ties, it’s time to start dig­ging a lit­tle deeper. Re­search­ing the neigh­bor­hood, the his­tory of the prop­erty and go­ing to see the house in per­son are all nec­es­sary steps if you want to make the best de­ci­sion.

This process should make it eas­ier to spot all the red flags. While some is­sues are mi­nor and should not stand be­tween you and your dream home, the fol­low­ing prob­lems are very se­ri­ous, and you should think twice about in­vest­ing in a home if you no­tice any of them.

Shabby-Look­ing Neigh­bour­ing Prop­er­ties and High Crime Rates

Choos­ing the right area or neigh­bour­hood is one of the first steps when look­ing for a home. Find­ing a home within your bud­get comes first, but you should also check the crime rate in the area and, if you are mov­ing with kids, the school rank­ings.

Vis­it­ing the prop­erty should be an op­por­tu­nity to get even more in­for­ma­tion on your pos­si­ble fu­ture home. Are the sur­round­ing prop­er­ties well-main­tained or do they look un­kempt? How many homes for sale are there in the neigh­bour­hood? Be on the look­out for th­ese is­sues next time you visit a new prop­erty:

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A lot of homes for sale in the area Run-down fences, faded paint, or messy yards Boarded-up win­dows

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