The neighbourhood you choose to purchase your home in may be as important as the style of home you are looking to purchase to suit your needs.
Here are some things to consider:
Take a drive through the different neighbourhoods you are considering. Look for signs of run down and neglected properties. A neighbourhood of this type can drive your property values down.
What is the crime rate in the neighbourhood you are considering? Is it safe?
If you have children, schools may be the most important consideration when purchasing a home. Distance away from the school, and the quality of schooling you are looking for. Often times school boards can provide important information that can be helpfull.
Utilities / Taxes
To avoid any surprises, it is always a good idea to research utility costs and property taxes before you make your purchase.
Recognize what amenities you require such as shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, medical offices, and recreational facilities.
Compare property values and see how they compare to other equal neighbourhoods.