Real estate agents say that the three most important factors in buying a home are location, location, location. In fact, this has become a cliché in the real estate business, and it’s true for one simple reason: You can change a house, but you can’t change location.

Whether you’re looking for Nashville real estate, Davenport real estate, Denver real estate, or Suffolk real estate, you’ll find agents all across the country who can show you properties; but first, you need to decide on the location. That decision will be based on several personal and practical considerations and knowing what’s important to you. Two broad considerations are geographical location and quality of life.

Consider the Geographical Location

Your first concern should be the geographical location. Factors such as climate, the average value of homes, and cost of living are important. You might also choose an area near family or with good job opportunities. Do you prefer the liveliness of urban life or the community spirit found in suburbia?  Maybe you lean toward owning land and seeking peace and quiet in a rural area.

Given the size and diversity of the United States, choosing the right geographical location can feel like a daunting task. Knowing what’s important to you and researching different areas can help narrow your search.

Consider Quality of Life

A number of indexes measures and ranks quality of life issues in the United States. Since these indexes often use different indicators, you should review and compare those that address your quality of life needs. For many people, health care, good schools, and safety rank among the top indicators. Availability of leisure activities, a strong local economy, and good infrastructure also contribute to an area’s desirability.

One factor that’s hard to measure, but important, is the feeling you get in a neighborhood. When viewing properties, take some time to explore the area, visit the grocery store, sit at the park, talk to people, and feel the vibes. If you feel comfortable or experience a sense of familiarity, then you might have found your place under the sun.