Buying your home there are three important factors: location, location, location. First, determine how far you are willing to commute. The best thing is to drive from areas you are considering at the exact times of day you would be commuting because traffic makes a big difference in how long your actual drive times will be. Next make sure the neighborhood you are considering fits your life style. Visit any areas you are considering at several times of day. One of the best sources for information is the people who live there. You aren’t just buying the physical structure of your new house; you’re buying the neighborhood, too. Try to meet some neighbors and ask lots of questions. Look at surrounding properties for clues about your enjoyment of the area. A peaceful setting in the day may turn into a noise zone at night when the nearby racetrack heats up. If there is vacant land adjoining the home you are considering, find out how it is zoned. Most local planning departments have a 20-year plan you can review. Today’s “privacy” can become tomorrow’s shopping center. This will all help you figure out if you can be happy there on a long-term basis. Check out the safety of your prospective locations. Most areas have a local newspaper, which features a local crime section. Also you can call the area police station.