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Old 03-03-2018, 03:42 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

Quick facts:

Military Family
2 adults in their 30's
3 kids under the age of 9.
2 dogs one is a service dog.
Originally from Puerto Rico
Enjoy having places to shop/eat but most importantly family friendly!

Budget approx $2,200- looking for a 3 or 4 bed house.

We are finding it extremely hard to find something within our range. It is very expensive and coming from California where it is expensive , that's a lot to say. The schools, oh the schools Believe me, we can't wait to get out of California but schools here I will definitely miss.

So far, have narrowed it to Pinon Elementary and possibly Gormley if we can find a house in Santa Fe! Where else could we look for houses and that is a decent commute (hour or less) for my husband? Is Rio Rancho a good option?

Anything else you might want to add or say, please feel free. I need ALL the help!

Thank you,

-Mina
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Old 03-03-2018, 04:05 PM
 
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There actually are 3-br. houses within the city limits within your budget. Also consider townhomes. But they're hard to find. I would start checking property management companies. You'll be more likely to find them there, than on Craigslist. Most of these ("affordable") places will be on the south side or the west side of town.

It's not hopeless, OP! There definitely are places at your price point and well under, in fact, but they're hard to find, and you might not get one in the school district you want. Just FYI, there's a private Catholic school in town that has pretty good programs; a friend of mine's non-Catholic kid actually chose that as his preferred school, for HS. So if you don't get into the public school district you want, there's an affordable alternative.

Also look in El Dorado, which is an easy commute into town, would be more affordable, and has better schools. Also, farther out, but still well within a 1-hr. commute, is Glorieta. I think you might be happy with El Dorado, if you can find a rental there.
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Old 03-03-2018, 04:20 PM
 
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Thank you, Ruth! Checking all of those, asap! Appreciate it!
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:39 PM
 
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Thank you, Ruth! Checking all of those, asap! Appreciate it!
Oh, and when looking at rentals, ask what kind of cooling the place has. Don't sign onto a place with no cooling. "Swamp" cooling (evaporative air) is better than nothing. Not to many landlords pay for A/C (refrigerated air), but a few rare ones do. Don't rent where they only have one or two window units. Some LL's or property mgmt. offices will claim a place has A/C, but you get there, and discover it only has a window unit in the living room, that's woefully inadequate for the living/dining room combo, let alone the whole house. With your price point, you should be able to afford a place with central air of one sort or another.
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:42 PM
 
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Check out Eldorado. There are usually a few houses for rent in your price range. I'd put Eldorado into the search on Santa Fe rentals on Craigslist. Also check with rental management companies. There is a very good school and a growing number of kid friendly activities in La Tienda- one of the Eldorado shopping centers. The commute to Santa Fe is anywhere from 20-30 minutes depending on where in Eldorado you live. It's a great community.
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:02 PM
 
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Thank you everyone! It has been very hard to find what (or any homes) we are looking for. They either don't accept pets or the the rent is way higher than our budget. We are thinking maybe we should consider Rio Rancho or ALBQ.
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:49 PM
 
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Thank you everyone! It has been very hard to find what (or any homes) we are looking for. They either don't accept pets or the the rent is way higher than our budget. We are thinking maybe we should consider Rio Rancho or ALBQ.
Bear in mind we're still on the edge of the winter season, right now. There may be more rentals in the spring. But pets, or course, complicate your challenge. Let us know where you end up! Good luck! Did you try El Dorado? Glorieta? Property mgmt. companies?
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:09 AM
 
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Where will your husband be working?
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:25 AM
 
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There are numerous property management companies you can call. Like others have mentioned, check out Eldorado (highly rated primary and middle schools) and Rancho Viejo - both are good, safe neighborhoods. Nava Ade is a neighborhood with working families and might be worth looking at as well. Rents will be cheaper in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque - but then you'd have to live there! (just some slight kidding; for those forum members who live down thataway please don't harass me too much!)
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