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Old 04-16-2007, 08:11 PM
 
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My husband's job is going to be moving to Fredricksburg area. We need to sell our house in Ohio and then make the move. We have 3 kids and are wondering if anyone has information on good areas (schools, etc.) that are not to costly. The home costs, I have found for the area, are way out of our league. He does not mind driving up to 45 minutes to work. Is it better to rent or try to buy in the area? This will be the first time that I have moved cities, so this is such a scary thing for me. I don't want to make the wrong decision. I would like to have any advice that anyone could offer. Thank you
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Well, the big thing we'll need to know first is price range...

As for if it's better to buy or rent... if you're sure you'll be in the Fredericksburg area for a while, I'd actually suggest buying. The market has bottomed out, and is actually starting to come back... but there are still some good deals to be had, if you know where to look. Just give me a price range, and from there I can come up with some options to suggest to you.
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:35 PM
 
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Well. we are going to looking between $150,000-$200,000 but may have to go a bit higher to get a better set of schools. Maybe you know of some web sites to look at, too? Thanks
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Well. we are going to looking between $150,000-$200,000 but may have to go a bit higher to get a better set of schools. Maybe you know of some web sites to look at, too? Thanks
it's going to be hard to find anything in that price range... check out www.fredericksburg.com It's the local newspaper's website, so you can check real estate postings there, as well as get information about the area.

I'll do a little looking around to see what your best bet would be... but it'll be hard to stay under $200,000...
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Good news... I went onto fredericksburg.com, and searched the under 200k section, and found out that Westmoreland county is way cheaper than the rest of the area. This area is east of Fredericksburg, where growth has been slower. It should be about 40-45 minutes away, depending on where exactly he'll be working. Most of the development is near Colonial Beach (which I have not visited yet, but from what I have heard, it is nice). I am not sure how the schools are there, but I did find like 5 or 6 NEW homes priced under $200k (one actually was $179k with a 2 car garage, 3 bedrooms and 2 and a half baths, with access to the potomac river)

Under $200k in every other county just turned up old/falling apart farm houses, town houses in bad areas, or trailers in the middle of the country. Hopfully this has helped... please keep in touch, I'd be interested to find out how your search goes.

If you're willing to go up to $220k, they're building townhomes near where I live, which would be about a 25 minute drive to Fredericksburg.
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Old 04-19-2007, 06:21 PM
 
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www.homesdatabase.com

this site has been helpful for me
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Chesterfield, VA
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Another area you may want to check is Caroline County. I did a quick search of the MLS for you and there were quite a few. If the home has an unfinished basement with bath rough-in you could also consider a 3 BR and have the kids bunk together until you could finish that with another bedroom.

And you are smart to try and sell your home first. A lot of folks in this area now are home-sale contingent and you will have a much stronger offer (and can therefore offer less) if your offer is not contingent).

Good luck, and if you need any help I would be glad to help you out.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Another area you may want to check is Caroline County.
Caroline is good. It's where the new townhouses are I mentioned in my last post. It'll be hard to stay under $200k though... but you're right, it's definately something to look into.
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