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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.)