Buying a home differs from buying a car because a home has a fixed location. And it is a truism with substance that a home’s location is a critical factor in its utility and its value. While issues like lot size, orientation, and proximity to busy streets is part of this critical “location” issue, the community that the home is located in looms large as well. When you’re buying a home, you are also buying into the community and school district that the home is located in. In important respects, the community you buy into will help determine your lifestyle, friends, job possibilities, shopping, and recreational opportunities. It may also have an impact on the long term value of your real estate investment. Our purpose here is to provide you with some resources that may be useful in evaluating and comparing some of the communities in our area.