Tim Robinson

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

1495 Warren Road
Lakewood, OH 44107

Cell: 440-552-4677   
Phone: 440-552-4677 
Fax: 216-221-1956

Housing Trends

December 2018

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Preserve your Good ’Hood

Homebuyers make their purchases based on many factors. But surveys have shown that the most important factors to them are the safety and quality of the neighborhood, followed by the performance of the school district.

Even if you believe statistics are a bunch of hooey, think about why you bought your home. Maybe it’s closer to your office or in an area where you could afford an extra bedroom, but I bet you looked pretty hard at the safety of the neighborhood.

And once you expend the substantial energy it takes just to find the right house in a neighborhood you feel comfortable in, you need to get involved to keep it the safe environment that attracted you. October is National Crime Prevention Month and a good time to focus on preserving a neighborhood that’s great for its residents – and great for your property values.

Make it hard
Preventing crime in your neighborhood begins with securing your home. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, approximately 60% of successful burglaries involve the perpetrator gaining access to a property through an unlocked door or window. Put sturdy locks on your doors and windows and use them.

Criminals focus on easy targets. Using the locks on your doors is a good start, but you also want to trim bushes and trees to eliminate places for burglars to hide and install lighting in entryways, porches and alleys.

Howdy, neighbor
Talk to your neighbors. Spend time chatting over the fence, and find out what their concerns are about the neighborhood. You don’t need to become best friends forever with the people next door, but it’s human nature to look out for people you know. If you go out of town, they’ll pick up your mail, take in your trash barrels, and make it look like you’re home.

Host an open house and invite everyone on your street. Even if you’ve lived in the same area for years, the homes around you may have changed hands several times. Take the time to get to know your neighbors and discuss your concerns about the neighborhood and community.

Watch out
Join a neighborhood watch program. You receive training in crime prevention and agree to look out for each other’s safety and property. There will be periodic meetings of participants to share information. If there’s no watch organization in your neighborhood, start one with help from the police department Every year, there’s the National Night Out that encourages people to get out and meet their neighbors. Take advantage of it.

Fix broken windows
If you don’t care about streetlights working and parks staying clean, no one else will either. That kind of collective apathy attracts criminals who wonder what else you don’t care about – watching out for your neighbors? Locking your doors?

Call the city to fix broken lights, mow green spaces, and repair street signs. Work with law enforcement, civic groups, schools, local businesses, community agencies, churches and service clubs to clean up abandoned lots, boarded-up buildings, and other community eyesores.

Source: Texas Association of REALTORS®
Reprinted with permission.