Buying a Home in the Right Location
According to the National Association of Realtors, more people are willing to compromise on a home’s condition and size, than on the quality of the neighborhood or distance from a school. So, where your dream home is, is a big deal.
What to Look For
- Nearby schools – even if you don't have kids!
School zones are great for property values and easier reselling later.
- Noise and traffic levels
Drive through the neighborhood on different days and at different times to get a feel for the noise, activity levels, and traffic.
- Nearby services
Check a map for nearby hospitals, fire services, pharmacies, grocery stores, and any other amenities you’d like to be close to.
A Good Credit Score Helps
Having a strong credit score makes it easier for you to get a home loan, and often means a lower interest rate.
A+ Tip: You can check your credit score and sign up for credit monitoring in the Affinity Plus mobile banking app or online banking, right on the Accounts screen. All for free!