reply to Dodge
Re: Picking location to buy a house Hang out in a potential neighborhood at different times of day and watch what goes on. Is there a lot of cut-through traffic using the street at certain times? Is it easy to get in and out of then neighborhood without getting killed in traffic. How is the lot graded? Will I have a creek flowing through my yard every time it rains? Am I in a flight path for the airport where jets will be buzzing overhead all day? Are there annoying speed bumps in the roads in and out of the neighborhood? Are there a lot of houses in various stages of disrepair? Are there a lot of vacant homes or homes for sale? Does the neighborhood seem to be improving or declining?
How far is the nearest grocery store that I would shop at? How far and how good are the schools if you have kids. Will they walk to school or take a bus? What other services or businesses are close by. Are there a lot of vacant businesses around the area?
Police will give you crime statistics for a potential neighborhood if you ask. It's public information and often shared with neighborhood watch groups.
Just some of the many things that you don't always notice when viewing homes with an an agent during a quiet time of day. Trust your gut.