Indeed, the type of neighborhood becomes a major determining factor when deciding on a home—and buyers should do their research. After all, when you purchase a home, you purchase part of the neighborhood as well. Some people look for neighborhoods with sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. However, to others, these features are of secondary importance. "Walkable neighborhoods are certainly preferred," says Susan Harding, a broker with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta, "but neighborhoods that offer (swimming and tennis) and plenty of cul de sac lots are the most popular." She adds that the location of a neighborhood is also important: many families enjoy having access to nearby stores and services that meet their routine needs, such as a grocery store, coffee shop, or hair salon. Finally, a home with "curb appeal" (a well-maintained and attractive appearance) automatically increases its inherent value—not only because you may need to resell, but also because these homes have established landscaping, which means less work for you.