Ask anyone who is looking for a home and the first thing they talk about is where they want to live. They talk about where they will live before they talk about how large the house must be, how many bedrooms, and even how much.
The community you live in is the most important decision you must make when buying a house. Most people view the community they choose as just the school system, or the crime rate. I view community a little differently. I see your community as the place where your children will be raised, the place where you will interact with friends and make business connections. Your community will become a part of you the more you interact with it.
Now the question to ask yourself is this. I am sure you want a good community for your family, but what are you willing to do to make your community better. It’s easy to say you don’t like the school system, but when is the last time you went to a school board meeting and voiced your complaints, or even better, offered suggestions? When is the last time you participated in some of your children’s community sports? When is the last time that you took a leadership role in a community cleanup? These are all things that affect and improve your community.
I understand that you are busy at work and that you don’t have enough time, but the people who volunteer have jobs and get busy as well. You make time for the things that are important to you. Putting time into your community helps improve the community and it helps you build great friendships and connections.
I have experienced firsthand a community that interacts. The difference is staggering. The children in a community with involvement are better adjusted, more well rounded, and less likely to get into mischief.
Communities are a very important part of the home buying process. This is one part where you can make a difference. You can affect how others see your community. You can affect how others act in your community. You have the power to benefit a community or to hurt it. Start looking at ways you can benefit your community. Ask yourself what was the last community project you were involved in. Next time instead of criticizing those that are trying to benefit the community, take it upon yourself to try to help the community by becoming involved. I cannot tell you how many people I deal with who complain about their community and when asked what they are doing to change it, they simply say I am going to move to a better community. This is the wrong attitude. When a community becomes stagnant or starts to fail, that is when the residents need to sit down and come up with plans on how to grow and strengthen the community.
In my experience, you can greatly strengthen the community you are in, two ways. First, look at the school system and look for ways to help improve the school system. Things like volunteer work and holding school officials accountable. You can also ask school officials how you, as a resident can help them. In many cases, this would be a welcome change. Officials will feel more inclined to work to the best of their ability if they see strong community involvement and see that they must directly answer to their customer. The second way to affect a community is to start or get involved in community sports or activities. Youth baseball, football, soccer and other sports is a great way to get children involved in the community and it is a great way to get families in the community to know each other. Once families know each other they are more inclined to help each other and raise concerns about things going on in the community. As an added benefit, it will also make families less likely to leave a community when things aren’t at their best. So give some thought as to how you help your community, I am sure, if you WANT to, you can make a great difference.
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