rainbowThe location(s) you are considering will impact tremendously the nature of the available properties and, of course, the price.  Ultimately deciding on a location, or a specific home, often involves a balancing of variables which are important to you.  Is a short commute critical to you?  If so, you may need to sacrifice the size of the lot in order to find an affordable property closer to your place of work.   Do you want a condo in the hip and upcoming section of Boston?  If so, the price per square foot of that condo can vary dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood even though separated by very short distances.  These are some of the things to start to think about as you consider what areas to include in your search.