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When you’ve found your dream house and are walking through it, admiring the maple floors and checking the water pressure, keep in mind that unlike your car or stereo your house can’t be moved to a new neighborhood or community if you discover problems later. You are not just buying a house. You are buying the neighborhood, the community, the school system and even the geological structures underlying them. Look around! Drive around! Talk to neighbors and meet with the city planner! Point to the house on the map and tell the planner that you are buying it. Ask the planner if there is anything you need to know about the area, the community or the neighborhood before you make that investment.