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Although TV shows make house hunting look effortless, most prospective homeowners have plenty of questions as they get started. However, with the right real estate agent by your side, things don't have to be so stressful. My husband and I have purchased seven properties over the years, and we couldn't have done it without the help of our realtor. In addition to finding us property that met our needs, our real estate agent also answered our questions and calmed our nerves along the way. We decided to create a website to help people know what it is really like to purchase property and to work with a realtor, so that you are ready to embark on your own adventure.

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4 Ways To Get Friendly With Your New Neighbors

by Natalie Jensen

Moving to a new area can be an extremely stressful time. Unpacking all of your belongings, settling in to a new job and finding great schools for your children aren't easy tasks; therefore, it's important you have some good people around you to ease the burden. If you're new to the area, it's likely that you won't now anyone, so what should you do? One of the best ways to meet people is to acquaint yourself with your neighbors. These are the people you're going to be living alongside for the foreseeable future, so it helps to become friendly with them! Some great ways to do this are: 

Throw a Housewarming/Block Party

Traditionally, one of the best ways to acquaint yourself with the neighbors has been to throw a housewarming or block party. Although the digital era has made it more difficult to communicate face-to-face, this remains to be one of the best ice-breakers available as a new tenant. 

If you're moving into an apartment block, pop round to your immediate neighbors and invite them a get-together. Make sure you invite all of the immediate apartments however; you don't want to get a reputation as a noisy neighbor! Your 'party' doesn't have to be anything too fancy, just something to break the ice and introduce yourself to those around you. 

If you're moving into a residential block, consider inviting your neighbors to a block party. These are often thrown on regular occurrences in many neighborhoods, but if your block hasn't got one planned then why not send out a few feelers for more information? Hopefully, introducing yourself to those around you will make you seem much more approachable and friendly. 

Offer to Help Out

You have to be sensible here - nobody likes a know-it-all who wants to fix absolutely everything and help everyone. However, offering to help someone move boxes or bring their groceries from the car will go a long way in acquainting yourself with the neighbors. 

If you have a rare skill, such as DIY plumbing or fixing shelves, offer to help those around you when they're needing a hand. By offering your services you will soon become known as "the plumbing guy" or "the DIY guy", and more neighbors will feel comfortable in asking for your help

Make Conversation!

It may seem simple, but you'd be surprised at how many people go through their day-to-day lives without talking to those around them. Smartphones and tablets have exacerbated this; just have a look at the amount of people on their phones next time you're on the subway! However, it doesn't have to be like this. Making general chit-chat with your neighbors will be appreciated, and will let you settle in a bit easier. 

If you're feeling confident, why not invite them over for a coffee next time you see them in the hall? Once you get over the initial apprehension, you'll find that most people are open to these invites and you may even find a true friend or two. When you've just moved into your apartment, asking your neighbors when the trash is collected or where the best coffee shop is can be a great ice-breaker. 

Join Local Organisations

This all depends on your block, but usually apartment buildings will have a committee of sorts that organizes repairs for the building. Usually, these don't demand much of your time, so consider getting involved as a way to show your enthusiasm and cooperation. 

Additionally, some apartment blocks will have pin-boards for posting events such as charity sales or carnivals. If you see one of these in your building, why not join in? Even if it's not up your street, simply getting out there and meeting your neighbors will do wonders for your home life. 

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