Where do you want to be? A phrase coined by RE/MAX International, and used by so many REALTORS®. When searching for a home in a small community it is not such a difficult decision, but when searching for a home in a large city or an area that is spread out into a number of smaller communities, then you must think about the “where” before you can even begin your home search.

Many factors play into the decision about “where” to live. Here are a few for you to ponder.

1. How close is it to my work?

2. If living in a bedroom community like Tehachapi, how much time will it add to my commute?

3. Where is it in relationship to the kids schools?

4. What school district is the home located in?

5. Can the kids walk to school or will it require busing?

6. How much time does the bus ride add to the day?

7. Are there other children in the neighborhood?

8. Are the kids involved in after school sports or programs that will require extra driving time?

9. Is it a gated community and do you want to pay the additional fees?

10. If you are located in a large city, will your commute be with the traffic or against the traffic?

11. Are there CC & R’s or other restrictions that may not be what you desire?

12. If you are a senior would you prefer a development with no children?

13. Are the lot sizes compatible with your time and desire to care for a yard?

14. Does the neighborhood appeal to you?

If you are searching for your home and have the time to research areas online you can find very helpful demographics such as the average age of the homes, average income of the homeowners, crime rates in the area, school district ratings and and so much more. It is wise to make the time to do this as you wouldn’t want any surprises after you have an accepted offer.

Once you have narrowed down the search it is advisable to drive the neighborhood. Not just during the day but at night, in the evenings, in the early morning hours and any other time you can just cruise through. Those drives will tell you a lot about the neighborhood and the habits of it’s occupants.

Need more insight on where to find demographics? Feel free to call “The Team” at RE/MAX Tehachapi. (661) 822-8888. Ask for Diana or Laura Lynne.

Happy House Hunting!

CalBRE Lic. --- Jack Williams #00419592 --- Diana Williams #00986318 --- Laura Lynne Wyatt #01443357