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Old 01-23-2015, 01:19 PM
 
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Hi all,
hoping for some advice about where if anywhere we can afford to start looking to buy.

What we would like:
150k or less
30 mins or less to Minneapolis
Decent school area
Safe neighborhood
3 bedrooms +
Fenced in yard

Apart from those things we aren't too fussy.

Is it possible in the twin cities?
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Old 01-24-2015, 03:22 PM
 
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At that price point for a single family house and commuting time you're probably looking at inner ring suburbs, while the better school districts are farther out in wealthier areas. If you want to slightly narrow down your search I'd limit it to north of the Minnesota river (the bridges range from "very bad" to "apocalyptic" in rush hour and the supply of houses in your price range will be less), and there's some people that will tell you to avoid Brooklyn Park and parts of East Bloomington (but others will chime in and say there's nothing wrong with them). I personally live at I-35W and 98th, and would not want to live much north or east of where I am. Everything is relative though; our worst schools and worst neighborhoods are nothing like some other major cities.
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Old 01-28-2015, 01:48 PM
 
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Quite difficult to find that for 150 k or less. I would probably look into buying a townhouse.

You might be lucky in the northern parts, like Coon Rapids or Blaine.
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Old 02-12-2015, 09:32 PM
 
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Your options are somewhat limited. I ran a quick MLS search of single-family homes of 3 or more bedrooms in the highest-rated school districts close to the cities (832, 621, 282, 284, 278, 277, 276, 273, 194 and 721) priced between 135k and 150k and came up with 9 homes. Unfortunately, homes in that price range in those school districts move fast — 5 of the 9 are already under contract.

With some flexibility in school districts you'll find something. There's something for everyone, especially with current market conditions. The fence might also need to be something you're flexible on — it might be something you need to add to the right home, rather than focusing only on houses with fences.
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