When parents are looking for a new home to raise their family in they are looking for the right neighborhood as well as the right house. Finding the right neighborhood is often just as important to them as finding the right house. According to parents who are planning to buy a home in the next year, these are the five most important things that they are looking for in a new neighborhood:

Close to Good Schools

Schools are a top priority for parents. Therefore, when parents are looking to buy a home they are going to want to look in neighborhoods where the schools get high rankings. Houses in neighborhoods that are near the best schools are often something that parents are willing to pay higher prices for. Find out what the school rankings are in the community so that you will know what neighborhoods parents are most likely to want to look in for a new home.

Family Oriented Community

Parents also want to buy homes in a family-friendly community where there are other families. HOA communities or planned communities are often a great fit for young families. Although parents might be wary of buying into an HOA community because HOA communities sometimes get a bad reputation because of their strict rules. It might take some convincing to get parents to consider an HOA community but often those are perfect communities for young families.

Family Amenities

Buying a homeParents are also looking for communities that have many family-friendly amenities. Parents don’t want to have to spend a lot of time driving all over town to get their kids to different types of amusements. Therefore, a community that has a nice community pool, community playgrounds with swings and other playground equipment, and ball fields are the types of neighborhoods that parents most want to homes in.

Safety Features

Safety is also very important for parents. They want their kids to grow up in the type of neighborhood where they can play safely outdoors with their friends. A community with properly maintained sidewalks, lots of street lamps and good lighting, and not a lot of hazards like streams or woods are what parents are looking for. They want to feel safe letting their kids ride their bikes around the neighborhood or go to the pool or tennis courts alone with their friends. Some parents also prefer planned communities with a gated entrance.

Outdoor Spaces

Another element that is very important to parents when they are looking at prospective homes is the amount of outdoor space available. Of course, they want a home with a nice yard. But they want the community to have plenty of open spaces where kids can play safely.

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Listing information last updated on March 24th, 2023 at 8:16am CDT.