What a great time of the year. We have some brilliantly sunny days and beautiful foliage. You're kind of thinking that maybe in the near future you'll be ready to move to your first house or maybe a bigger or smaller house. If you're not sure of the neighborhood you'd like to be in, why not look around.
On one of those beautiful mild days, why not drive around to a couple of neighborhoods you've thought of. Park your car and walk around the area. You might get a good feel for the type of spot you would like to find. Check out the amenities, such as restaurants, supermarkets, library or maybe the golf course. If you're interested in a particular area, check the drive to your job. Is it acceptable? There is a lot of homework you can do before you even start to look.