There's an old joke that says the three most important things about real estate are location, location, and location. Well, it's not much of an exaggeration. And there's a reason that location matters: your lifestyle.
Everyone is different. We all have individual preferences about the simplest things when it comes to our housing: urban vs suburban, big vs small, old vs new, etc. And we all have different needs based on our jobs, our family status, our incomes, and hundreds of other factors.
Each of these in turn affects our choice of a location. Do you enjoy a commute along winding country roads? Do you want to live in an older neighborhood filled with children? Do you enjoy keeping horses? Do you want to step into cross-country skis behind your house on a winter morning? Do you want a trout stream within half an hour's drive? Does your partner need a gourmet kitchen?
Keep It Simple
The easiest thing to do is make a list of your family's hobbies or interests. Think about those things that you might enjoy even more if you lived in a different place.
This list makes a great tool when you sit down with a real estate agent. An experienced agent who knows Vermont well will understand your goals and help you think about locations that will help you achieve them.