Location, location, location

Where you buy not only affects the home's current and future value, but it also affects your lifestyle. Your agent will be able to conduct a more targeted home search if you outline your preferences in neighborhoods and nearby amenities. Here's a checklist of items you should consider and communicate to your chosen real estate agent.

  +  Urban, suburban or rural
  +  Commute time
  +  School districts
  +  Desirable neighborhoods
  +  Proximity to the airport
  +  Proximity to restaurants and retail
  +  Access to major highways and thoroughfares
  +  Access to public transportation
  +  Health care facilities
  +  Parks and recreation
  +  Length of time you plan to live in the home (Your agent should be knowledgeable about growth trends and projections that could affect your investment.)