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You don’t know where to live? We tell you how to choose the colony of your new house

January 31, 2020

The best colony is the one that has inventory availability, concurrence, a lifestyle that solves the problems of urban use and offers a network of efficient services.

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You don’t know where to live? We tell you how to choose the colony of your new houseYou don’t know where to live? We tell you how to choose the colony of your new house

Are you going to rent or buy a property and looking for a place that suits you?

Choosing an area to live is not a simple task, according to the CDMX Open Data portal, in the capital of Mexico there are 1,812 colonies. Therefore, and industry experts give you tips to choose the place that suits you best.

For Leonardo González, Real Estate analyst of the real estate portal, each person chooses an area based on their needs and budget. For him, the best colony is the one that has inventory availability, concurrence, a lifestyle that solves the problems of urban use and offers a network of efficient services.

The expert considers that Santa María la Ribera, Mixcoac, Naples and Nuevo Polanco are the colonies that meet the aforementioned characteristics. Here are the recommendations for you to choose the ideal place to live:

1. First compare prices

Rocío Uribe, general director of Quality Inmobiliaria Uribe , said that when people look for a house or apartment, the first thing they check is the price. “You have to know how much you can spend,” he said.

For this reason, it is very useful to compare costs before making a final decision.

Remember that if you are going to buy you must take into account that apart from the final price of the property you must allocate an amount for the deeds and the notary. In case you are going to rent it will also be necessary to cover the moving expenses, to hire services or to deal with the unforeseen events that arise.

2. Look at security

Once you determine how much you can spend, check if the colony is safe. In this regard, Rocío Uribe said that the properties with parking are highly valued, especially by people who have small children.

On the other hand, if you are going to live with an older adult or with someone who is in crisis when you tremble, it is advisable to look for a colony that has not-so-tall and short-lived properties.

3. Verify that there are all services

Before making a decision, it is important that you verify that the colony you are interested in has the four basic services that the National Housing Commission (Conavi) determines: access to drinking water, drainage, electricity and fuel for cooking.

In the case of water, Rocío Uribe added that there are people who first ask the neighbors what the quality of this service is like and if it is deficient they want the property to have a double cistern.

4. Ensure that there are responsible neighbors

“There are those who have had to leave the place where they live because living with neighbors is complex,” said Uribe. He even said that there are those who choose to rent a house or apartment in the colony for a year, evaluate the area and then move to it.

When it is a housing complex, it is important to ask the administrator if the neighbors pay the maintenance on time.

“It usually happens that the person arrives at the building, but it turns out that the neighbors are delinquent and then realize that there is no longer a guard,” he added.

In addition, it is important to know what the state of the nearby properties is because it has been the case that there are departments with humidity that end up affecting others.

So that there is a healthy coexistence verify that the neighbors do not make noise at inappropriate hours and if they have pets, they are responsible with them.

5. Public transport

Make sure the property is close to a Metro station, Metrobús, Passenger Transport Network (RTP), Light Rail, Suburban or taxi site. With this, apart from resolving the issue of mobility, you make sure that when you want to sell or rent the property you have surplus value.

If you like to take care of the planet you can choose a house that is located near a bike path, Ecobici station or where there are bicycles and electric scooters .

6. Find out about the future of the area

It is important that you ask the advisor what real estate projects there are and will be in the medium and long term in the colony.

“For example, if a client has a baby, she is interested in a certain place and the advisor knows that they are going to build an eight-level apartment nearby and that there will be noise for three years, she has a moral obligation to tell her,” explained Rocío Uribe.

Also ask him if there are cinemas, markets, schools, parks or any other place that can positively or negatively impact your day to day.

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