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Choosing a Neighborhood in Boston

It is important that the part of Boston you choose to live in is well suited to you and your family. The following is a list of considerations and possible problem areas:

Environment
The quality of air, water and soil is a top concern as a polluted neighborhood can be detrimental to both your health and property value. Ask your Boston real estate agent, neighbors and local media about any known environmental issues in the area.

Appearance
The home you are considering may be tidy and attractive inside and out, but how does it compare to the surrounding area? Explore the neighborhood, keeping an eye open for signs of neglect (overgrown lawns, houses in need of paint, trash and junked appliances littering yards). No matter how diligent you are in the upkeep of your property, a run-down neighborhood can drive your property value down.

Crime rate
Check with the local police department to find out if the home you are considering is in a safe Boston neighborhood. The Boston police may be able to provide statistics regarding break-ins and other crimes.


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