Staying Informed with the Help of a Realtor

by : Eric Bramlett

As you begin your house hunting process, you will probably already have a good idea of what type of home you are looking for. For example, you might know the size and style of the home you want to purchase and you might have a general idea of the city or town in which you want to live. Of course, it is important for you to share this information with your Realtor so you can be certain to find the home of your dreams. At the same time, there is plenty of information that your Realtor can provide to you that will also help you in your decision making process. Therefore, you should be certain to ask plenty of questions and to utilize your Realtor's knowledge to the fullest extent possible.

Finding Out About Schools

If you have a family or plan to start a family in the foreseeable future, schooling will likely be quite important to you. Therefore, you might want to ask your Realtor to help you acquire information about the school district you would like to live in. Many Realtors will not guarantee that you will be in a specific school district because these district boundaries can change. Nonetheless, he or she should be willing to help you find out what the current district boundaries are. In addition, the Realtor should be able to help you look up information about the school district, such as the scores the school has received on standardized testing and what the current teacher/student ratio is a the school.

Learning About Utilities

In addition to helping you find school information, your Realtor should also be able to help you learn more about utilities for the home you are considering purchasing. For example, the Realtor can help you find out whether or not the property is served by city water and sanitation. You will also be able to find out who supplies the electricity and gas to the home as well as whether or not cable is available on the property.

Zoning Information

You can also ask your Realtor to provide you with zoning information. If you think you might like to start a business in the home at some point, for example, you might want to look for property that is commercially and residentially zoned. The zoning may also have an impact on the resale value of the home, so it is worth your while to look into this information before making a purchase.

Finding Out About Crime

Your Realtor can also help you learn more about the crime rate in the area you are considering moving to. By finding out about these statistics, you can determine whether or not the property is in a neighborhood where you and your family can feel safe.

Remember, your main purpose is to find a home where you can enjoy living for the next several years and where you can feel comfortable with raising a family if you so desire. Similarly, you want to make a good investment, so take advantage of the knowledge the Realtor possesses so you can get the best of both worlds.