Purchasing your first family home is a big step toward the future for you, your spouse and your children. Providing a safe, nurturing environment for your kids to spend their formative years is an important factor to consider when scouting communities to move into. 

Even for families without kids, taking the possibility of having a family in the future into account is an important consideration. There are a number of things that can make or break a home and a neighbourhood's suitability for raising children. 

For example, investigating the local education options in the local area is paramount. With school being the backbone of a child's development, ensuring your children have good opportunities for their own growth is essential. Look into the various options for preschool, kindergarten, primary and secondary schools throughout the community to make sure your potential new home is located within their zoning permits. 

Looking well into the future, it could also be worth investigating into the tertiary education options nearby your future property. Living in a capital city will often provide you and your children with a number of options for these types of institutes. 

Recreational areas are also important as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Before committing to a home loan, look into the local parks, walking trails and sports centres, and consider purchasing real estate near these locations. This will help encourage your children to stay active, healthy and social, allowing them to enjoy these spaces of their own volition. 

These are just some things to consider when selecting property as a parent. Making the best decisions for your family is an essential factor to leading a happy, fulfilling life. 

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