Where should I buy a house?

The experience of thousands of people distilled into 10 criteria for choosing where to buy a house.

Smadar Arditi10/12/2017

You have chosen a partner for life and thought that the difficult part is already behind you? Think again! (but do not despair)!

After you have estimated your budget and decided on a vision for your dream house (in the big city, in the Moshav, the Kibutz, etc.) let's talk about the things you shpuld considerate when choosing where to buy a house.

10 most important criteria for choosing a living area:

1. Distance from work

Pick a place that enables an easy arrival to work, so you won’t waste fuel and energy and get stuck in traffic.

In addition to distance, check the accessibility: distance from main roads, the kind and quality of public transportation and how busy is the traffic.

2. Children

If you have children or planning on having them anytime soon, a lot of parents prefer to live close to their parents, to get some help with the kids.

Also, it is important to check how good are the schools in the area, how close are the kindergartens and elementary schools, how many students are in each class and what is the percentage of the students that graduate.

3. Safety

You can check with the local police station what is the violence and burglary rate.

This information you can also get here.

4. Environmental hazards

Check the air quality, search for cellular antennas, find out whether there is a mosquito problem, sewage problems, noise (from a road, a factory, plains, etc.).

5. population

Check what is the socio-economic status of the local population and whether you have a a social common denominator.If you have friends living in the area, or even in the neighborhood, it will make your life there already more pleasant.

Also, you should check whether there are religionization or Secularization tendencies, and positive migration of a social group that might affect the character of the place.

6. Infrastructures and public services

How developed is the area? How good is the infrastructure? Are there: a bank, supermarket, pharmacy, post office, parks, culture centres, a library, sports fields, etc.

Also, check whether there is a parking problem.

7. Quality of the regional council

Does the regional council nourish the area and is attentive to the public’s requests?

8. Appearance

Take a walk! Is it green? Are the streets clean? Is there unpicked garbage, are there flowerbeds and benches?

9. Development and landscape plans

Check in the municipality and ask the neighbors what are the landscape and development plans of the area, to find out about expected changes that might cause a gentrification or a depreciation, crowdedness, or a decrease in the quality of life.

10. Immigration

Immigration is a good sign. It means that the place is developing, that new infrastructure is yet to come, and a gentrification process is very probable. Many times the construction of a new road or the establishment of a new academic institution can bring to a significant immigration and gentrification. Negative immigration, on the other hand, is a bad sign, and you should check what are the reasons for it.