There are many things to consider if you want to buy a house. You do not want to live in a house that you might end up with regret. You want to make sure that the house meet your needs, and that it is structurally sound with no big surprises coming your way. You want to make sure that the house is located in a desirable neighborhood.
Look for a house that has been on the market for a while. Sun City houses for example. Also, hire an inspector to look at the house with you. Someone who understands about foundations, wiring, plumbing, roofs, and stuff like that to make sure everything is up to standard. It would be a good idea to have someone that knows enough to inspect it with you. They might see potential problems that you might not. Consult with the building engineer if you can and ask about the construction quality and cost of the building, decide the cost based on the existing rates and finalize. I have checked some of the Sun City houses. I saw a cute one on a corner lot. It looks like it is exactly what I was looking for. But like me, you should not stop there.
Make sure to check the roof and walls and check for leaks. If there are, check to see if there are termites in the wood. I also heard "Carpenter ants" are the worst thing for a house. They only eat wet wood. So check if the woods have it as well. Opposite to "Termites" that goes for dry wood. So make sure there are no termite damages too. As long as the house is structurally sound, it should do just fine. If all of the answers here are a NO, then it is time we go to phase two.
Once you have found that the house is structurally sound, you may want to check the area that is around your house. Pick a house based on your space requirement. I saw many Sun City homes that looks good outside. It has also met my constructions standards in the inside. But I am also considering the house space, so my search should not stop there. I want a garden on my porch so space is also important.
And Lastly, wait for a very good rain then go and inspect the house and neighborhood again. Does it have standing water? Will it flood in the neighborhood? Check out location to your work place, whether it is located near your house, so you do not have to think about gas or transportation. Pick a house that is located near a shopping center, grocery or convenient stores too. Inspect your house again on the weekend or in the evening to see if there are any issues relating neighbors living close by. I have found a few Sun City homes that I would consider checking out. So my search is not over yet, but with, patience I know finding the right house is on its way.