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      Tips for Choosing Neighborhoods

      One of the nicest things about relocating is that you get to start anew, regardless of where you're moving to. Whether you need more living space, a change of scenery, or even for employment - relocating is often always an exciting act to endure. If you're one of those grasping the idea of moving to a new home in the foreseeable future, one thing to always consider in your apartment hunt is the viability of the particular area you're relocating to.

      The neighborhood where you'll end up residing in should be one that fits not only your transportation and daily needs, but also your lifestyle. And depending on whether you'll be living alone or sharing your living space with your family or yet to be known friends, certain considerations take precedence over others.

      If you're a first time-buyer with limited financial resources, it's wise to buy a home that meets your primary needs in the best neighborhood that fits within your price range. You can maximize your home purchase location by incorporating some of the following strategies into your neighborhood search:

      Tip #1: Look for communities that are likely to become "hot neighborhoods" in the coming years. They can often be discovered on the edge of the most desirable areas in the city. Look for a home in a good neighborhood that is a bit farther out of the city. If commuting is a concern (often not the case in Boston due to its extensive transportation lines), purchase a home that is close to public transportation.

      Tip #2: Look at the neighborhood demand by asking your realtor whether multiple offers are being made, whether the gap between the list price and sale price is decreasing, and whether there is active community involvement. You can also drive around neighborhoods and see how many "sale pending" and "sold" signs there are in a particular area.

      Tip #3: Look into purchasing a condominium or co-op, rather than a house, in a desirable neighborhood. This way you still may be able to purchase in a prime area that you otherwise could not afford.

      While Boston's cityscape is not as vast as that of Manhattan's skyline, it is mostly segregated into pockets of uniqueness featuring properties that cater to a specific demograph, all of which have their own charm. Visit our Lifestyle Match map and see which properties and neighborhoods best suit your needs.