We are Manhattan transplants, having left Tribeca and the UWS in 1994. For many years we were happy and fortunate to have rented stellar properties. When our daughter came along in 2010, we began thinking about homeownership.
We took specific steps which helped us make a sound decision, and we were also bidding during a seller’s market.
1- Spend considerable time in area of interest. We made sure to sip coffee in the local shop, have meals at several eateries, visit the playgrounds, dog parks, and local library. We felt right at home in our new community before we even went into contract.
2- Schedule a tour of the school and talk with the principal. This exercise was a vital step for us and helped to solidify our thinking. School rankings and data are essential, but first-hand investigation and conversations are even more so!
3- Ask your Realtor™ for solid recommendations (plumbers, electricians, mechanics, landscapers, veterinarians, pediatricians, groomers, dog walkers, salons).
4- Local community groups on Facebook are also an excellent source for vetting a potential area.
As always, reach out directly for any further information or assistance!
Scott Paul Goldman
New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
National Association of Realtors (NAR)
NY State Association of Realtors (NYSAR)
HGAR One Key Multiple Listing Service (MLS)