Chart your daily travels and try to find a house that is convenient for work, school, shopping and activities. Commuting costs are dictated by location and access to public transportation, so in fact should be considered as part of your monthly housing expense. City neighborhoods usually offer older properties, smaller lots, walkable neighborhoods and access to public transit. Properties will vary widely in size, condition, whether or not they have been updated, and amenities, such as parking. City neighborhoods are usually convenient to parks, schools and libraries. Municipal zoning ordinances dictate how properties are used. Suburban developments typically offer subdivisions whose houses were built at about the same time, with similar size and quality. This can make it easier to predict trends in housing value, because the houses are relatively similar. However, subdivisions often come with covenants that restrict homeowners' rights for usage such as putting up fences, painting their houses certain colors, and paring large vehicles in the open. Subdivisions might offer shared amenities such as golf courses, pools and party rooms. Usually, you must drive to stores, libraries and schools. Rural home lots often offer privacy and plenty of space. You might find that the minimum lot size is considerable - as much as an acre or more. This spaces out houses, which allows room for pets, gardens and outdoor pursuits. While zoning regulations will still apply, regulations are usually more relaxed for country properties. You will definitely have to drive for daily errands, and the property upkeep can be significant.
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