Whether you’re looking for a home for sale in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter Island, Palm Beach or Northern Palm Beach County in general, choosing a neighborhood is almost as critical as choosing the actual home itself; it needs to be safe, affordable and provide your family with everything it needs to be happy and fulfilled.
If you plan to buy a home in Palm Beach or Martin County, keep in mind that you’re not just buying a home, you’re investing in a neighborhood. Ask yourself what the most important features of a neighborhood are to you. Do you need quiet streets, resort style amenities, parks, close proximity to shopping, restaurants and nightlife? Do you prefer a new development or an established, mature community? Do you prefer a neighborhood with young families, single people or empty nesters?
Before you decide to make an offer on a home, get pre-qualified. Getting pre-qualified with a lender will give you a better idea of what you can comfortably afford, including everything. Pre-qualification will also help you understand the amount of cash you will need to close, your monthly payment, insurance, taxes and the costs to close the transaction.
Crime and Safety
Use the internet to research crime statistics by neighborhood. Call the local police department and ask questions about the neighborhood’s safety.
Take note of the condition of the homes in the neighborhood including front yards, streets and sidewalks. Observe whether or not the neighbors take pride in their home, make eye contact with you or wave hello.
How far away is the neighborhood from your place of business? What is your commute time? How close is the nearest airport? How long will it take your children to get to school?
Call the school board in Palm Beach County or Martin County for up-to-date information regarding which public schools are assigned to the neighborhood you are considering and the grade for these schools as well.
Ask your Frankel Realty Group agent to pull comparable sales and current listings real estate for the Palm Beach or Martin County neighborhood you are considering. Have there been many short sales or foreclosures in the neighborhood? Is their future planned development within close proximity to the neighborhood your considering?
Think about which amenities fit your lifestyle best. Are you in need of a boat dock? Is an onsite golf course or tennis court preferable? Or are you an equestrian in need of a horse-friendly property? Would you enjoy the social environment of a country club community? Do you prefer homes with waterfront views? Also consider the importance of community amenities including pool, spa, exercise facility, billiards room, and children’s play area.