Where do you want to live?
Location is one of the most important elements to choosing the right home. So, not only are you looking for the right home, you're looking for the right neighborhood. Among all your decisions, you should consider things like: how far or near do you want to live to your other family members? If you have your own family, what kind of schools you want your children to go to? How important is it to you to be close to the highway or public transportation, shopping, work, hospitals, entertainment, community amenities?
How long do you expect to live in your new home?
Most people end up moving within seven to nine years of living in a home and move for several reasons: job transfers, starting a family, needing a bigger home, don't like the area, etc. If you plan on living in your new home for only a few years, or if you don't have children, then proximity to schools may not be an issue, but resale value may be. On the other hand, if you have a family and plan on staying in the home for ten years or more, schools, as well as size of the home, will be priorities. How long you expect to stay in your home can have a large impact on which home you choose as well as what type of mortgage you choose.