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Location, Location, Location | Part 1

Looking for a three-bedroom, two-bath home with hardwood floors and a fireplace? Need a place that fits into the $400,000 price range? Those descriptors can easily be entered into a real estate search engine and found without too much effort. But what about your must-have list for a neighborhood? Sometimes finding the perfect location to do life every day can be a little more tricky, but after more than 14 years working as a Realtor in the Brentwood, Tenn., real estate market, I’ve been able to help people find great neighborhood matches because I know the area.

After living here my entire life, I have picked up on a lot of the nuances of each neighborhood. I know the history, I get feedback from clients, and I know how values tend to rise and fall over time in certain areas. My work then becomes getting to know my new clients so I can figure out who they are and know what they are looking for.

I always encourage people to ask me questions and to tell me as much as they possibly can about what is important to them. It is also vital that your agent knows your firm budget, because that should trump your must-have house and neighborhood list. You don’t need to fall in love with a house that you can’t afford. One of the reasons I love being a Realtor in this part of the state is that there are so many great neighborhoods to choose from. The schools are great, the crime rate is low, and home values have been on a steady rise. Location is important in your overall happiness in your home, so contact me and together we’ll find your perfect place.

If you are in the process of moving to an area outside of Middle Tennessee, there are many ways to find great neighborhoods all over the country. Research and find an agent who knows the area well and who has a great reputation. Use popular Web sites such as Trulia or Google Earth to look up and down the streets of neighborhoods that interest you.

Web site services like Neighborhood Scout will match you with neighborhoods based on criteria such as schools, crime reports, and other real estate data.

Check back here later this week, because I’ll post a helpful list of ways to scope out neighborhoods once you’ve found some houses that interest you.