CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking the plunge into home ownership is a huge step, and a big undertaking for both novice and experienced homebuyers. Neighborhoods.com, the first online real estate resource to put the neighborhood at the center of the home search, is easing potential concerns through the launch of its Complete Homebuyers Guide. The downloadable resource, which serves as the capstone to the company's designated Homebuyers Week, covers everything from the first steps to take through what to expect at the closing table—allowing users to make informed and educated decisions.
"Purchasing a home can be daunting, and especially overwhelming for first-time buyers," said Todd Warshauer, vice president of sales for Neighborhoods.com. "Understanding general industry terms, acknowledging the value of using a real estate agent, knowing what mistakes to avoid, and preparing for extra costs are just a few factors that must be considered. The Complete Homebuyers Guide covers that and more."
Looking beyond the four walls of the home itself is important, too. Literally speaking, where the house is located can severely impact quality of life—for better or for worse. In a recent survey, Neighborhoods.com found 61.54 percent of first-time homebuyers ranked accessible amenities as the most important factor when considering a new neighborhood. Property value followed at 46.15 percent, and school districts and walkability were close behind at 38.46 percent.
"When purchasing a home, there are certain 'non-negotiables' buyers put on the table," added Warshauer. "The same should be true for the neighborhood. Is it a coffee shop within walking distance? A grocery store a short drive away? It will be different for everyone, but it's important to know the must-haves and where there's room to compromise."
Since launching in 2015, Neighborhoods.com has helped residents find their ideal home in an area they'll love to live in. By providing up-to-date listings, detailed neighborhood descriptions and independent reviews of schools, users get a genuine feel of what life might be like in that community, directly from locals that live there. The company is currently serving markets in 17 states and growing. Learn more at Neighborhoods.com.
Neighborhoods.com is the first online real estate resource to put the neighborhood at the center of the home search. The platform invites visitors to imagine their life in a new area by providing a local's perspective, including detailed descriptions and resident reviews of schools, amenities, and the surrounding community. With up-to-date listings, the company offers aspiring homeowners accurate and reliable information about market changes and new homes for sale. Neighborhoods.com and its network of real estate agents are licensed and knowledgeable experts that guide users through every step of the homebuying process—from the initial search to the closing table.