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Old 04-22-2013, 03:20 PM
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Hi all,

I'm a rather young professional looking for a first home and an eventual investment property (I don't plan to make this a home to start and raise a family in) . I work on Bellevue Parkway right off I95 and have been looking for places within 30 minutes (driving). I don't know much about the surrounding area or Delaware real estate in general which is why I'm imposing this rather general question.

I know there is a great deal of information on this forum and online and I have been and continue to pave through it. It just seemed logical to start up a thread to attract an open conversation, posts, or dust while I do my own research.

Are there any ideal areas I should be searching? areas I should be avoiding? (I've read more negative threads concerning areas than positive)

I'd ideally want to be in a rather young area but the purpose of this is to gather some general information on the surronding towns and counties.

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:29 PM
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What is your price range? The Fairfax area is a nice place to start.

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:48 PM
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Ideally $200k-300k if my projections come to light (I'm hoping to close around this time in 2014 and wither certain things happen monetarily my budget may rise or fall within that range).. Geographically I'd ideally want to stay north of Newark and maybe even the city of Wilmington.

I generally work around 12 hours a day and spend the majority of my weekend in Philadelphia so I'm leaning more toward this being an ideal investment property as opposed to the "perfect" first home. I'm fortunate enough to have the bulk of my core and extended family in the area (Delaware County) which is where I currently and have been living (commuted to my university) . Due to my work schedule and assumed career path (will be at my current firm for at least 3-5 years) I feel living as close as possible will make my week day "work life" easier in the short term.

Apologize for the details but the more I read on the forum the more information I see people disclose in order to find suitable places...if the thread becomes constructive and informative if possible I can change the title and try and make it a hub for similar questions (I've seen many repeat questions through the forum).
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:36 AM
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