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Old 02-01-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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My husband recently got a job offer in Kalamazoo that he is likely to accept (hard to pass up) - we are from the UP originally, but currently live in Nashville, TN while we're both in graduate school. The job would begin in January 2013, and while the thought of moving back to the cold and snow is depressing to me (what can I say... I have become acclimated to the Nashville climate), I know it is the right move for our family at this time.

I have been doing some searching online, and most of the rentals I've come across are student housing (I realize WMU is a huge part of K'zoo) - anyone have any thoughts on areas that are not primarily inhabited by the student population? Any rental companies or realtors you recommend? We'd like to rent for the first 6 mos - 1 yr, mostly because of our student loan debt (not sure who in their right mind would give a mortgage to people that owe as much as we do!), but we have a 14-mo old son and would prefer a single-family home as opposed to an apartment. I've also realized that the housing prices are actually a little higher than what I was assuming they would be - is that mostly do to the college and other companies in the area?

Any help or feedback you have while we make this decision would be VERY appreciated! I'm a little apprehensive about heading back to MI, so anything you guys might have to help ease my anxiety would be great Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:48 AM
 
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My husband recently got a job offer in Kalamazoo that he is likely to accept (hard to pass up) - we are from the UP originally, but currently live in Nashville, TN while we're both in graduate school. The job would begin in January 2013, and while the thought of moving back to the cold and snow is depressing to me (what can I say... I have become acclimated to the Nashville climate), I know it is the right move for our family at this time.

I have been doing some searching online, and most of the rentals I've come across are student housing (I realize WMU is a huge part of K'zoo) - anyone have any thoughts on areas that are not primarily inhabited by the student population? Any rental companies or realtors you recommend? We'd like to rent for the first 6 mos - 1 yr, mostly because of our student loan debt (not sure who in their right mind would give a mortgage to people that owe as much as we do!), but we have a 14-mo old son and would prefer a single-family home as opposed to an apartment. I've also realized that the housing prices are actually a little higher than what I was assuming they would be - is that mostly do to the college and other companies in the area?

Any help or feedback you have while we make this decision would be VERY appreciated! I'm a little apprehensive about heading back to MI, so anything you guys might have to help ease my anxiety would be great Thanks in advance!

Yeah, I think due to the school being nearby it really allows the apartment owners to be able to charge the students a higher fee to live there. Prices for rent in Kalamazoo are a little higher than they are in Grand Rapids, which is a little bit surprising, but true nonetheless. Honestly, very difficult to find housing near the school and be apart from student housing. I'd say MAJORITY of the apartments that are occupied within probably a 5 mile radius from the university are students.

There are many nice houses in Kalamazoo though, you'll certainly find something you like. I don't exactly know what your price range is, but if you're looking for a house, they are out there and they can be very nice.

Don't worry about coming back to Michigan, once you return, you realize how good it really is and that, although you never wanted to admit it, you did miss it a little bit
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:09 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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I rented at Willow Creek when I lived in Kalamazoo. There was a mix of rental styles, which made it possible to get something too nice for students to afford.
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