It's easy to get swept away when you see a home you love, especially when you've been looking for a long time. Step back and take a few precautions to make sure you're buying the home of your dreams, instead of a potential nightmare. There's an old saying in real estate that says, 'You can't change the neighborhood.' It's very true. You can do a lot of fixing up to your house, but the neighborhood isn't going to change. Be sure you can live in the neighborhood you've chosen. Look at the other homes on the street, especially the ones on either side and across the street from the one you're considering, as these are the houses you'll be looking at. Paying attention to traffic patterns is important, especially if you have children. Try to visit the house at different times of the day, and different days of the week, to see what traffic is like. Try to drive by the house at night at least once to make sure that the neighborhood and surrounding homes are well lit.
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