New Community: Learn Your Neighbors

by DANiEL ILiE 09/06/2020

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Even if you find the perfect home on the ideal property, if you do not jibe with your neighbors, your homeownership experience could be in jeopardy. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure that your neighbors and you will get along well before committing to buy. All you have to do is follow these steps to see if the community will be all that you hoped and more.  

Visit the Neighborhood at All Hours

When looking for a home to buy, you will undoubtedly swing by for the open house or to take a tour, but your visits should not stop there. To really get a feel for the neighborhood dynamics, you have to visit at various times of the day and into the evening hours. And if your initial visit was on a weekday, make a weekend visit a top priority as well. When everyone is home from work and school, the neighborhood will likely come alive with activity, showing you just what to expect while living there.

Take a Walk & Have a Chat

During your visits, do not just drive through and call it good, as that may tell you little about the community at large. Instead, park your car and go for a long walk through the neighborhood, taking in all the sights and sounds. As you move down the sidewalk, keep your eyes open for opportunities to say hello and chat with your future neighbors. As you encounter friendly residents, ask them what they love about living there — and what they might change, given the chance.

Join Online Community Groups

After visiting your future neighbors in person, you can go one step further by taking an in-depth look into the neighborhood by joining online community groups. To do so, go on your favorite social media platform and search for groups made by community members in your desired city. Join a few and introduce yourself to start learning about all the different aspects of that neighborhood. If you feel comfortable, create posts asking for input about the things that are most important to you, like schools, events, and crime rates.  

Talk to Your Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents are always happy to help you find the neighborhoods that suit your ideal living experience best. Using their wealth of knowledge, they can help you pinpoint dog-friendly neighborhoods, for example, or find ones with a quieter atmosphere. All you have to do is let them know your ideal community dynamics, along with what you want to avoid, and they will guide the way to your perfect neighborhood.

When you use these tactics to vet your future neighbors, you will quickly find the locations that are most likely to offer your ideal living experience. Then, you can dive into the search with confidence you are looking in all the right areas for your dream home.

About the Author
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DANiEL ILiE

Born and raised in Romania, Daniel earned a B.D. in Mechanical Design Engineering and pursued a career in that field until moving to Naples. Having a brother who already lived here, he had come to appreciate southwest Florida’s natural beauty during a prior visit in 2007. Four years later, he decided to claim his slice of paradise, and move permanently to Naples. 

After arriving in Naples, Daniel’s career path took a major turn when he discovered his true calling: connecting and working with people. For the next five years, he was employed in the hospitality industry, working his way up to General Manager for several upscale restaurants, including M Waterfront Grille and L’Angolo on Fifth Avenue.

In 2016, while looking for investment opportunities, he came to appreciate the value of working with a Realtor. It was then he decided to become licensed in Florida real estate, combining his engineering and hospitality backgrounds in order to help others through this often overwhelming process. 

As your real estate professional, Daniel will guide you every step of way, helping to negotiate the best deal possible. Working with his team of referrals, he can help you find the perfect home. Like Daniel, they all share the same passion and commitment to customer service and satisfaction. 

Daniel is proud to be the recipient of several awards since becoming licensed in 2018, including: 

   - 10 Best Real Estate Agents - Florida by the American Institute of Real Estate Agents (2019 and 2020)
- Diamond in the Rough - Florida by Diamond Vanguard Awards (2019). 

He is also certified by National Association of REALTORS® as a Real Estate Negotiation Expert.