Location, location, location. No matter what you do to improve your property, your neighborhood will always have a say in the value of your home. Redoing your bathroom, throwing on a fresh coat of paint or replacing your roof may be obvious steps in making your home more appealing, but no cosmetic improvements will increase its market worth if no one wants to live in your neighborhood. With the housing market in its current sad state, it's the perfect time to embrace a newfound sense of community rather than retreating deeper into the four walls that you call your own. Home may be where the heart is, but the neighborhood you live in is where that heart is firmly planted. Your neighborhood must be cared for, and tended to as if it were you own, because, quite simply, it is.