Housing Location Checklist Cambridge MA

When buying a new home in Cambridge, you want to keep your eyes and your ears open. One major part of choosing where your new home should be is looking at the community that surrounds it. The tips that follow aim to help you learn what to look out for when moving into a new home.

CASCAP
(617) 492-5559
678 Massachusetts Avenue 10th Floor
Cambridge, MA
 
929 House
(617) 661-6980
929 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
 
617 Real Estate
(617) 812-1456
12 Rose St
Somerville, MA
 
Chiccarelli Real Estate Inc
(617) 499-0073
183 Columbia St
Cambridge, MA

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John Campbell Realty
(617) 491-5551
859 Massachusetts Avenue, #6
Cambridge, MA
 
R J Realty Management
(617) 492-7899
87 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA

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Union Real Estate
(617) 666-5555
79 Bow St
Somerville, MA

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Putnam Property
(617) 876-4910
22 Putnam Ave
Cambridge, MA

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Cambridge Court Apartments
(617) 497-6220
411 Franklin Street, Suite G-6
Cambridge, MA
 
Keller Williams Realty
(617) 844-2901
955 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 202
Cambridge, MA
 
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What is around your future home? Are there restaurants you like? Are there playgrounds nearby to take your kids?

Are the stores around your new home convenient and suitable to your needs? Are there grocery stores around, gas stations, etc? You can always ask the locals what they like and dislike about the area?

  • Get a sense of the community by checking out traffic projects, taxes, and reading local newspapers (many of these are on line). Doing these things will help you get to know the area.

  • Check out public transportation if you are not going to have a car. Get to know the public bus and subway systems. If you do plan on having a car, what will the traffic be like every morning? Will you be using mostly freeways to get to your destinations or will you use residential roads? How long will it take you to get to those destinations? Try taking a few routes on a few different days to get a true estimate.

  • Be wary of communities in decline (lots of For Sale signs, businesses closing, etc). You want to move to a healthy growing neighborhood with a mix of good residential areas and thriving businesses so that when you sell your house, it will have appreciated more value.

  • Be aware of crime in the area. Is the neighborhood safe for you or your children to walk around at night? Local police stations and online websites keep information on crime statistics.

  • Are there good schools nearby? Even if you do not plan on having children, the people who buy your house from you might, so it is always a good thing to keep in mind for the future.

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