A perfect home needs a perfect location.

Arizona is filled with diverse locations that make the perfect homes for single individuals wanting an exciting, urban life and families looking for big yards and safe neighborhoods. However, there are many factors in different neighborhoods that aren’t so easy to see. These factors can make an otherwise perfect home a disastrous decision for a home buyer. That is why it is important to consider where a home is located in addition to whether it has the right number of bedroom and baths.

Ten Things to Consider About Community when Buying a Home

1. Cost of Living:

Just going to the grocery store can be a huge money changer when it comes to different communities. Additionally, gated communities may have HOA fees. Toll bridges and parking fees can be an expense. When looking at a community, consider the cost of living in order to find a community that is affordable.

2. Job Opportunities:

For many people, employment is the motive for a move, but in other cases, job opportunities can be a deal breaker for a new homeowner. Especially for those who have less stable employment, it may be important to have new job opportunities readily available in order to ensure equal or better employment.

3. Taxes:

Arizona property taxes are below national averages, but they still vary by county, and this adds to a home buyer’s expenses.

4. Crime:

Arizona has ranked 15th in most dangerous states, but that does not mean there are not safe communities. Looking at crime rates can ensure a home purchase occurs in a safe community, and discussions with local law enforcement can help people to find areas that are the lowest in crime.

5. Schools:

Like crime, schools greatly change at a community level, typically based on wealth. For homebuyers who have children, schools are an important factor and have a great impact on the future of our children.

6. Culture:

People tend to like living next to people who have similar values, and this does not specifically have to do with religious preference or ethnicity. For instance, gated communities often have rules about the appearance of the homeowner’s property. This may clash with a person who desires the freedom to change their oil in the driveway or collect old cars. Consider the appearance of nearby homes in order to determine if your own home will reflect the same level of “culture.”

7. Food:

For some people, restaurants are not a big deal, but many people enjoy being close to many dining options. Maybe this means choosing a property that is closer to the city, but it may mean simply choosing a community that caters toward the culinary world.

8. Proximity to the City:

Remote areas can be a dream for introverts with a love of nature, but the extrovert may need to escape to the city once in a while. Living nearby a city gives the feeling of rural live while including the convenience of urban accessibility and options. If a two-hour drive is too much to get to the city when needed, this should be considered in a home purchase.

9. Proximity to Family:

Proximity to family is always a consideration, whether a person wants to be near or far from their relatives. Especially for those with children, having family nearby can be a great asset.

10. Entertainment:

The city is a great place to get entertainment, but it can be difficult to get any peace. Still, having options for entertainment that are in line with your own hobbies and desires is recommended. For example, if you have a love of the orchestra, there aren’t likely going to be a lot of options for this type of entertainment in a rural town.