These are the key factors. Location, Economic Stability of the Area, Schools, Check ACT and SAT scores even if you don't have children. (you want to be in an educated area) Do some Comps if you are buying, Neighbors..Neighbors..Neighbors! Check out the neighborhood at all times of day and nite, work force in the area, Religious Preference of the Area, Major employers in the area, Crime Rate, Climate, ...and soooooo much more! LOL
These are two sites that I have found most helpful...
also...yelp.com is great for insider info!
good luck with the move!
at 1:48 AM on May. 8, 2009