Factors Influencing Urban Buyers’ Neighborhood Choice

64% – Quality of neighborhood

58% – Convenient to job

42% – Overall affordability of homes

36% – Convenient to friends or family

32% – Convenient to entertainment / leisure activities

29% – Convenient to shopping

27% – Convenient to parks / recreational facilities

26% – Design of neighborhood

20% – Convenient to schools

19% – Quality of school district

12% – Convenient to health facilities

8% – Availability of larger lots or acreage

7% – Convenient to airport

5% – Other

4% – Home in a planned community

Source: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

 

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Tips For A Smooth Loan Approval

•Don’t apply for new credit

•Don’t co-sign on a loan

•Don’t dispute anything on your credit report

•Don’t change bank accounts

•Don’t close any credit card accounts

•Don’t finance any elective medical procedure

•Don’t make a major purchase (car, boat, jewelry, etc.)

•Don’t max out or over charge your credit card accounts

•Don’t open a new credit card account

•Don’t take out a new loan

•Don’t transfer balances from one account to another

If you encounter a special situation, it is best to discuss it with your lender.

Source: Mortgage Options Lending

 

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Community Preference Survey

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® 2013 Community Preference Survey reveals the following preferences in neighborhoods and where people want to live:

86% value privacy from neighbors when choosing a home.

75% of small town and rural residents would still live in a rural area if they could choose any plave to live.

60% prefer a neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores and businesses that are easy to walk to.

42% complain that there are too few shops or restaurants within an esy walk of their house.

Sources: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® & The Council of Residential Specialists

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