"Location, location, location" applies to more than housing. Where you live can help or hinder your ability to make ends meet.
"It depends on demographics and individual circumstances," says Walter Molony of the National Association of Realtors. "For those relocating for a job, the job is the deciding factor. However, taxes would possibly have some influence on your choice when you're retiring."
A myriad of taxes -- property, license, state and local sales, property, inheritance, estate and excise taxes on gasoline -- eat away at your disposable income. Weighing the tax landscape against your financial picture lets you stretch your dollars.