Make sound decisions about your neighbors and your neighborhood, so you can avoid the problems associated with horrible neighbors.
We want the ability to do anything we want, whenever we need, without others getting in our business. As long as what I am doing doesn’t hurt anyone, I don’t want people around me to care, much less invade on my space, privacy, or rights.
Try to find out what each person does for occupation and hobby near the location you are considering. Is their skillset something of value to you in an emergency? Would yours be valuable to them?
A simple conversation with the “neighbors” under the assumption that you are considering purchasing a property is an easy way to learn these items.
If you want a community that everyone knows each other, you may want to choose a small township, maybe even unincorporated communities.
Find a town compatible with your lifestyle and choices.
These towns are a niche, and you will have to find one that is compatible with your lifestyle. In one community you may be always considered an outsider, while in others you may be considered as a good fit.
It is tough to be an Atheist in a small town of strict Christians that all go to one church, and ask each other why they weren’t in church that day.
Research has shown that you can completely blend in, or disappear, in a town of about 25,000 people.
This size town is big enough for people to stay out of your business, but small enough that you will be less likely to deal with large city issues. These towns also usually have good hospitals.
I still would not purchase a property inside city limits. Reduce local government and regulations where and when you can. On that note: NO NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS!
Choose helpful and enjoyable neighbors that appreciate and respect your rights. Make sure that you choose the ones that will lift you up in hard times, instead of kicking you when you are down or stealing everything you own.
You have enough to deal with, without dealing with awful neighbors.
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