You know the paramount importance of location when it comes to buying a home. But do you know how to access the information and assess all the factors that determine the “right location” – things such as safety, quality of schools, and so on? Choosing the right location to buy isn’t always as easy and straightforward as it may seem on the face of it. Read on to find out about crime rates, school rankings, and other statistics to help you choose the right Redlands location.
Both crime rates and school rankings are important considerations when you’re trying to determine the right location, but safety (that is, crime rates) is typically the first thing buyers look at, especially if they have children.
No area will be completely crime-free, but with some due diligence, you can find one with low crime rates that will likely be a safe place to live. Some of the things to look into for a safe neighborhood include . . .
- Actual crime statistics – “Every area will have some criminal activity from time to time, so don’t be overly discouraged if you can’t find a completely crime-free area. However, if you check criminal reports through the city website or contact local law enforcement and notice a high level of activity, it may be a red flag.”
- Presence of neighborhood watch – “Is there a neighborhood watch group established in the area? This may not be a deal breaker, but it’s something some families value. Ask local law enforcement or one of the residents. You might also see a street sign indicating it is a neighborhood watch area.”
- Adequate street lighting – Adequate street lighting can be a powerful crime deterrent and make a neighborhood safer,
- What residents say – No one will know a neighborhood as well as the people who live there. So question your potential neighborhood and see what they have to say about the safety of the neighborhood.
Besides talking to local law enforcement, there is a lot you can do on your own to check a location’s crime rate. Some of the better online tools for this purpose are . . .
- National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
- Moving.com’s City Profile Reports
- Family WatchDog
Perhaps one of the best ways to find out about a particular location’s crime rates and safety is by talking to a Redlands agent. To discover more, just call (951) 232-9704.
Whether you have children or not, school rankings are important. The quality of schools plays a role in the quality of the neighborhood, and that also includes property values. Typically, if you buy a home in an area with good schools, your home will be more likely to increase in value, which means that it is a good investment.
“[F]inding a well-performing school district is something many families prioritize when looking for the right location to live.” In looking at school rankings and determining the quality of the schools in a particular location here are some of the things to consider . . .
- Test scores and data – “State test scores can be an indicator of whether a certain school district is performing at, below, or above the state average. You might also want to consider “access for English language learners, demographics, and more.”
- Programming – “School programming can be a big deal for some families. If your student does well in many classes, you may want to see if the district you’re considering offers Advanced Placement (AP) classes or college-level courses that can go toward education after high school.”
- Extracurricular activities – School rankings don’t (or shouldn’t anyway) have to do only with what goes on in the classroom – extracurricular activities are also important for a well-rounded educational experience.
- Sports – “Maybe you assume all school districts offer high school football, have a swimming team, and are competitive in lacrosse. But maybe the district you’re looking into is too small or lacks the funding to support specific sports. Double-check to see what athletic programs are offered.”
- PTO – Especially today, it’s important that schools have a PTO or PTA. Parents need to be able to keep their finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the schools, particularly what and how their children are being taught.
Other Statistics and Considerations
While crime rates and school rankings are highly important, there are other important considerations that should go into choosing the right Redlands location, for example . . .
“Food, medications, and toiletries are necessities for daily life. If convenience is important to you, you may want to consider choosing a location that’s close to where you will be running a majority of your errands. Unless you’re looking at a rural location, of course.”
Other aspects of choosing the right location include . . .
- Proximity of outdoor recreation opportunities and venues such as parks, walking paths, and dog parks
- Proximity and type of restaurants and entertainment
- The commute to work
Again, your Redlands agent can be a huge help with these concerns.
Your Best Tool for Finding the Right Redlands Location
Yes, crime rates, school rankings, and the other things we’ve mentioned are all very important ingredients in choosing the right location. But no matter how much research you do, unless you’ve actually lived in the area, it’s tough to accurately assess the suitability of a neighborhood or location. That’s why a local Redlands agent is your best asset for finding the right location. A good local agent will know the local market – and individual neighborhoods – inside and out. If you want professional assistance with crime rates and school rankings in order to choose the right Redlands location, contact us today at (951) 232-9704.