When looking at residential properties, location matters most as it is often the biggest factor in business. Adding transit roads, educational institutions, malls, parks and such, the neighborhood grows and the value climbs. This can also work in reverse and a neighborhood decays.
You can control the value of your home and partake in the growth of a healthy neighborhood by home improvement. This means putting in a new kitchen, upgrading to a garage and remodeling the bathroom are just some of the ways you may try to increase the home value.
Of course, the most obvious and common source of value is freshly developed land. The land outside the city limits grows in value over time because of the potential for it to be bought up by developers or in other words, supply and demand. The developers then build homes and businesses that raise that value further.