|Using public transport en masse (Photo credit: Ozute)|
How is public transportation?
If you live in a populated area, and there is no way to move large masses of people around, then you're looking at a painful commute to and from work. Also it indicates the budget levels local governments have on improving infrastructure.
What are the sanction services?
Many services like recycling and garbage pickup are taken for granted. It may not affect your purchasing decision, but it's something good to know before buying. Also know how expensive they are, and if they are a mandatory tax that has to be paid.
What's the average price in the neighborhood?
This puts into perspective the area you will be living in, and if you are paying a fair price for the home you want to buy. Don't ask for an estimate either, your real estate agent should be able to provide with real stats at least for the past few decades.