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.)