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Old 03-05-2011, 03:42 AM
Location: 95101
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I'm leaving the tundra....yay!!! My two children, 11 and 16 and I are relocating to the Ft. Laud area. I really need some guidance on where to live....which, in part will be determined by which schools I choose for my kids.

I am an LPN part-time and a 911 Dispatcher full-time.....and a single mom. So, I can't afford a lot.

It seems that buying a house would actually give me a lower monthly payment than most of the rentals I see online. However, I don't want to buy until I'm there at least a year.

I can only afford around $1200 a month....at the MOST. I don't need anything big....just clean and safe.

Any suggestions?

Oh....I'm coming down March 14 and 15 so will spend a day driving around neighborhoods.

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Old 03-06-2011, 03:34 PM
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Oh boy, you are in for a culture shock. This reminds me of the movie Son In Law. Haha just kidding.

You will probably have to spend every bit of that $1200 to find a rental in a decent area with 2-3 BR's. Its doable, but there are lots of areas to consider. First, I'm assuming you already have a job here which is why you're moving? I hope so, because moving here without a job lined up is financial suicide.

Before you visit, try to decide on a specific area because 1 day is not much time to look around. You might want to try and extend your visit to 2-3 days. If you know a specific area close to your work, lets say Plantation for instance, then it will be easier for you to accomplish more in your 1 day here.

I also agree with your plan to rent for 1 year before buying since you're unfamiliar with the area. Now, are you planning to rent an apartment or a house? You can find apartment rentals easily without having to deal with an agent by using the website Rent.com. It will show you all of the apartment complexes in the specific area you chose. You can look it up by city or zip code. It will also give the current prices of units in that community. Just make sure that you visit the place before signing the lease. It is also a good idea to research the surrounding area to make sure its a safe area.
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