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Exclusive: ‘Beyond the Block’ Host Andrew Tyree Reveals the One Thing Home Buyers Overlook

August 31, 2020

Andrew Tyree of "Beyond the Block"

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The secret to buying the right house? It’s to take your eyes off the home itself and immerse yourself in the neighborhood at large—that’s the premise behind “Beyond the Block,” a new reality TV show starring Andrew Tyree, a Realtor® based in Los Angeles.

In the four-part series, created by streaming channel Tastemade in partnership with realtor.com® and premiering Sept. 3, Tyree encourages home buyers to widen their focus to explore the whole community—often steering them into up-and-coming areas they might have otherwise overlooked.

“We try to find neighborhoods and cities that are on the verge, because, honestly, that’s the way you should be buying a house,” says Tyree. “We want neighborhoods with a lot of potential in the next five to seven years.”

After all, buying a home in an up-and-coming neighborhood is a surefire way to get a deal, and to see a great return on your investment when you eventually sell. But it also gives you the opportunity to make your mark and play a role in shaping the community.

So how do you know if a neighborhood is right for you? We chatted with Tyree to find out, and to learn why helping people buy homes is so close to his heart.

Real estate agent Andrew Tyree is helping buyers find the right neighborhood in the new Tastemade series “Beyond the Block.”

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How did you get started in real estate?

I come from a military family. Both parents were in the Army, so we moved around a lot. Halfway through my childhood, I ended up in foster care. The idea of home has always been a bit fleeting for me. When people say, “Oh, I’m going back home for the holidays,” I never really had that.

When I discovered real estate, I was, like, “Why am I so into this?” It was because I’m helping other people get that thing that, for a long time, I didn’t feel like I had.

You’ve worked on real estate deals with a number of celebrities, including Serena Williams, Nick Young, and Margot Robbie. How did you land such star-studded clientele?

After studying theater and psychology at New York University, it was, like, “L.A., here I come!” I was acting and doing some other things. Every couple of days or so, somebody would tell me, “You should get into real estate, you’re really great with people.”

I got my license in April 2016. I got lucky because very early on, I had a couple of friends who were actors and ended up buying houses from me. Very quickly, it became a thing where I was a celebrity real estate agent. They were just my friends, and they just happened to be on TV.

How can buyers get to know a neighborhood during the home-buying search?

People don’t generally spend enough time in the neighborhood. People will go see a house, and they’ll drive the neighborhood once or twice, maybe see where the grocery store is and where the school is. But you’ve got to spend a significant amount [of time] there. Eat and shop in that neighborhood. If you are a walker or a biker, you should do those things there. Go at different times of the day. Talk to business owners. Talk to people who already live there. You will have a much better understanding of if you want to be a part of the growth.

What are some clues that a neighborhood is on the rise?

Tyree thinks many buyers focus too much on the house. “People don’t spend enough time in the neighborhood,” he says.

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Real estate ripples outward, so think about a pebble being dropped in water. If there’s a big landmark being built or a city has just undergone major changes, that area is quickly going to be priced out and people are going to start moving to areas around it.

What can people expect while searching for a home during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Definitely utilize virtual tours to narrow down your choices before previewing in person. Make sure you’re only viewing the property alone. Most agents will go as far as to stay outside. If the agent does come in, 6 feet of separation, please. Masks are a must. And finally, you’ll be asked to sign a waiver before viewing the property protecting the agents, current homeowner, and the builder or developer, stating that you are aware of COVID-19 and its dangers and are COVID-free to the best of your knowledge.

What changes do you expect from buyers because of COVID-19?

People are looking for homes that do more. Before, there was a desire to live close to the city center near the bars, the restaurants—people wanted to have some sort of proximity to those things. What was inside your house could be more minimalist, especially if you were single or didn’t have children.

Now, people don’t know when they can get back outside or when these bars and restaurants are going to be something they can actually enjoy. They want more space in their house—a place for a gym, a space to entertain. For that, people are starting to look farther out from the city center, where houses are cheaper and bigger.

What are some of the biggest mistakes you see buyers make during the home search?

A big one is getting locked into what you want very early. There are some things you probably can’t change—like your budget or the number of rooms you need. But there should be some flexibility in the neighborhood or style of home. Otherwise you can miss out on great deals or things you’ll end up really liking.

Another is thinking the home-buying process is going to be quick. That leads to a lot of frustration. Then this really happy time in your life ends up being very stressful, and you lose the joy. Go in knowing this could take a year, a year and a half.

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What to Consider When Buying a Home Near a School—Do Your Homework!

January 22, 2020

What to Consider When Buying a Home Near a School

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After days of searching, you’ve finally found your dream home. But it sits across the street from a school—which could be good or bad. With school in session 180 days a year, buyers should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of living near a school before making a final decision.

“Every buyer is unique. Most with young, school-age kids usually shop for specific school districts and want to be close to their elementary school. Buyers with middle- and high-school-age children are more district-driven, with location being secondary,” says Mark Schreier, a Realtor® with Century 21 American Homes in Syosset, NY.

Here are some pros and cons to think about when considering buying near a school.

Pro: Your children can walk to school

Most parents dread the drive-through crunch when dropping off and picking up kids from school every day. Living near a school means you can skip the drive and just walk—getting a little outdoor exercise as a bonus.

Con: Streets are clogged with traffic

Living near a school can mean dealing with heavy traffic, including idling cars and buses shuttling kids to and from school. And it may not be just twice a day.

Schreier says neighbors can expect traffic issues during special events such as parent-teacher conferences, plays, and sporting events.

“If you live near a high school, expect there to be more frequent car crashes since students new to driving are more likely to have accidents,” says Beatrice de Jong, broker associate and consumer trends expert at Opendoor, in Los Angeles.

Pro: Access to playground after school

Public parks can sometimes be located a distance away. Living near a public school gives kids, even if they don’t attend the school, access to the playground when school is out for the day. This could include swings, monkey bars, and handball and basketball courts.

“School parks usually have a track and or playground for them to use,” says Schreier.

Con: Neighborhood parking rules may not be enforced

One of the biggest gripes neighbors have about living near a school is the lack of parking enforcement and inconsiderate parents parking in, or blocking, neighborhood driveways.

“Some streets near schools have no-parking rules during school hours, parking issues from staff if school doesn’t have a private lot,” says Schreier.

Pro: Schools are typically located in safe neighborhoods

Safety is a priority for schools, and many schools have daily police patrols and tight security measures to keep their campuses secure. This can be an added benefit for home buyers looking for a safe community.

“Schools are typically in very safe neighborhoods with parks and local law enforcement nearby,” says de Jong.

Schools also promote a sense of community. She says schools can liven up a community, providing social activities for adults and kids, such as crafts fairs and sporting events.

Con: Heightened noise level

Often when buyers think of schools, they think of the noise. Living near a school can bring all kinds of noises, like the ping of metal bats, kids shooting hoops on the basketball court, cheering at games, band practice, and more.

“The PA system usually broadcasts outside the school, which could be a noise issue for some,” says Schreier.

Pro: A good school district means higher resale value

Buyers with kids will make a beeline toward neighborhoods with good school districts. That in turn has additional benefits for sellers.

“Homes in highly rated school zones are in higher demand for buyers, and fetch higher resale prices,” says de Jong.

She says since good school districts drive up price tags on homes, buyers can usually find cheaper or bigger homes just outside of the school zone.

Con: More kids are walking in the neighborhood, trespassing

Living near a school means an abundance of kids all over the neighborhood. This can rob a homeowner of peace and privacy.

“There will be a higher volume of kids walking around in the afternoon, which could lead to a noisy environment or loitering or even trespassing on your property,” says de Jong.

Schreier says if you want to buy near a school but noise, parking, and traffic [are] a concern to you, consider buying a few blocks away.

“You will get all the same conveniences but less of the issues,” says Schreier.

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