Location preferences are driven by what is most important to you. However, you must qualify that by what you can afford. Firstly, you need to decide what type of property you’re most interested in (i.e. single family house, townhouse, condominium, 2-4 flat, etc). Then, given your price range the neighborhoods offering the type of property you’re interested in will become evident to you. If you want to explore different neighborhood options you can do an online search of what’s available given your price range and property types. This website offers you the opportunity of conducting your own property searches to help you narrow down your focus: click here for MLS Search
Most first-time buyers start with the neighborhood they’re living in usually because it is familiar and they are comfortable with it. However, when they start searching for properties there they realize that the prices are too high for them. So they check out other similar neighborhoods which offer more affordable solutions for them. This is a normal process for first-time buyers.
Other important criteria in determining location preferences are: – conveniences to public transportation and expressways/tollways – convenience to shopping and other necessities – convenience to preferred schools – convenience to work and recreational activities
Remember, narrowing down your search parameters takes some time because it requires exploring properties in your price range in the various neighborhoods under consideration. Sometimes you don’t have many choices. So you change what type of property you’re looking for or change to neighborhoods which offer better values.