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Old 06-29-2015, 06:17 AM
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Our 30 something daughter, in the medical field, has taken a job at the UofW hospitals, Madison. She is looking for a house($250 - 350,000) in a quiet, friendly and safe neighborhood, close to work, with good schools(just what everyone wants!). She already has a real estate agent, who has been sending listings, but it is hard to determine what neighborhoods(or if the neighborhoods are optimal) from listings. Our daughter lives out of state, so she can't personally look at houses every week.

She is trying not to have to rent, as the rentals that are not college oriented are expensive. Being single, she has to find a house that one person can manage. She saw a community called Shorewood, but there were also cute areas closer to the hospital which seemed to be in her price range. Does anyone have suggestions of names of neighborhoods along with their zip codes? It's far easier to search zip codes.
Any insight would be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-29-2015, 06:23 AM
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Isn't this what her real estate agent is getting paid to do?
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:34 AM
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Drover is correct, a good agent should be handling all that for her. That said, I'd recommend considering a rental for the first year and again a good agent should be more than willing to help there as well. The housing market up here (speaking for 'burbs by me but i'll assume the same runs for good Madison neighborhoods as well) is quite active, good homes moving fast and often near or even above asking prices.
When we moved back to this area last year after 6 yrs in SC, even knowing the area and making several trips back hauling goods and seeing homes, it was difficult to grab onto anything without being here and being ready to move fast.
Yes rentals can be costly, but one has to remember that a renter still in effect pays the prop taxes and taxes here are high overall. But instead of grabbing what potentially could be the "wrong house" in a scramble, renting that first year allows her to get settled in her new job/city and spend time looking around for that [perfect location.

Just a suggestion....
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