Cities offer great job and cultural opportunities, but they generally come with high real estate costs. To get more house for your money, you might look along the edge of a hot neighborhood or in a smaller town nearby.
But will you miss the pace? Will you end up with a longer, pricier commute than you'd prefer? Will family and friends ever visit?
To determine whether moving farther out is worth the sacrifice, look at a house in the area you like and a similar one 15 to 30 minutes away. Then consider the factors in the worksheet to the right.