When you’re exploring prospective neighborhoods for your next home, how do you determine which, if any, are ideal for you?

There is no one way to “score” a particular neighborhood’s quality. An area that is perfect for one buyer might be a nightmare for you. That’s why it’s important to create your own criteria for the kind of neighborhood you want to get into.

Ask yourself the following questions:

• What features do I want in a neighborhood? (Local playground? Community center?)
• What atmosphere or “vibe” do I want? (Quiet? Fast-paced? Urban?)
• What type of community am I looking for? (Family? Empty nesters? Mixed?)
• What do I want nearby? (Shopping? Transit stops? School?)
• What type of street do I prefer to be on? (Quiet inside street? Downtown?)
• What do I NOT want in a neighborhood? (Excessive development nearby? High crime rate?)

When you make a list of what you want in a neighborhood, you’re more likely to find it. That enables you to narrow your home search to just that area, which will increase your chances of finding — and buying — your next dream home.

So, make your list. Your ideal neighborhood is out there!