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Old 10-05-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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Watch out for illegal aliens and/or day laborers jammed 35 single men to a single-family house. Unfortunately, homes in your price range are also prey to absentee slumlords who don't care who they rent to. Signs of this: malt liquor and beer can filled trashcans, lots of rusty bikes littering the yard. Drive the block in the evenings and see who is hanging out on their stoop drinking.
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:52 PM
 
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If you looked at Farmingville and Centereach.... I would suggest you look at Holtsville too.
Lake Ronkonkoma is also good, but if your house has a basement then you need to mentally prepare for possible flooding.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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Maybe Lake Grove is an option - you may find some houses <$250k, is close to shopping, relatively close to LIRR, convenient for commute to Stony Brook (but far from Bethpage).
There is an OK bicycle lane all the way to Stony Brook, so - if needed - you may survive on 1 car.

Some of the houses close to 347 are even in the Three Village SD, if that becomes important to you later on.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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Hello guys,
My husband and I are looking to purchase our first home. We wanted to place an offer on a condo in Holbrook, but the community (Woodgate) is not FHA approved, which makes the process for us and future buyers more difficult than it should be.

We've been pre-approved and we'd like to spend significantly less than what we can afford, especially because I am planning on going back to school at some point in the near future. Therefore, our budget is around $250k.

We have found some smaller houses in Farmingville and in Lake Ronkonkoma... we've also seen some in Ronkonkoma. Would these areas be suitable for a youngish couple just starting out? We need to be somewhere in between Stony Brook and Bethpage (within 30-40 minutes)

Also, does anyone know of any relatively safe-ish areas in that vicinity that are not too far and have houses in that price range? We don't need anything too fancy; our only requirement is that it has 1.5 bathrooms (or more) and it's not a short sale (we wouldn't have time for one to go through).

Thanks!
Sorry Woodgate didnt work out. You try the condos Automridge in Holbrook? Farmingville is OK, very nice section behind Cancos tile.

Try to go convential, FHA HAS WAY TOO MANY RESTRICTIONS! They require handrails, smoke detectors, strict to code,all minor stuff. My sister cancelled her FHA buyers because they wanted too many clauses in the the contract.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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I would mostly stay away from Centereach and Farmingville, as well as certain areas of Ronkonkoma....those towns have a good number of white trashy areas with ppl who do not keep up their homes or yards and Farmingville has an illegal alien problem....a pretty big one at that....

I would look at Lake Grove, Holbrook, and Holtsville as your choices.....maybe Bohemia as well....
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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I would mostly stay away from Centereach and Farmingville, as well as certain areas of Ronkonkoma....those towns have a good number of white trashy areas with ppl who do not keep up their homes or yards and Farmingville has an illegal alien problem....a pretty big one at that....

I would look at Lake Grove, Holbrook, and Holtsville as your choices.....maybe Bohemia as well....
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She cant afford those towns. If she cant afford a condo in Holbrook, how is she going to afford a home in Bohemia, Lake Grove?
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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I would mostly stay away from Centereach and Farmingville, as well as certain areas of Ronkonkoma....those towns have a good number of white trashy areas with ppl who do not keep up their homes or yards and Farmingville has an illegal alien problem....a pretty big one at that....

I would look at Lake Grove, Holbrook, and Holtsville as your choices.....maybe Bohemia as well....

I am no fan of Centereach, but I just drove down Hammond Rd in Centereach a few days ago, and I didn't see a single poorly kept trashy house the entire length from Nichols rd to Middle Country....it was actually quite pleasant. Of course I would advise anyone to survey the adjoining areas for problems before buying a house.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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I am no fan of Centereach, but I just drove down Hammond Rd in Centereach a few days ago, and I didn't see a single poorly kept trashy house the entire length from Nichols rd to Middle Country....it was actually quite pleasant. Of course I would advise anyone to survey the adjoining areas for problems before buying a house.
It's not bad in there at all. Only downside is that a little further west of Hammond you have the high tension lines.
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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I am no fan of Centereach, but I just drove down Hammond Rd in Centereach a few days ago, and I didn't see a single poorly kept trashy house the entire length from Nichols rd to Middle Country....it was actually quite pleasant. Of course I would advise anyone to survey the adjoining areas for problems before buying a house.
I agree, for SLIGHTLY MORE money I'd pick Holbrook (New England Village)/Holtsville
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:51 PM
 
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We are currently looking at Ronkonkoma. Thanks!
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