You can search sites online to get a sense of what may be available. You can also find a great local agent in Emmetsburg to set up a search, send you listings and even preview homes you may be interested in.
Seeing homes online is helpful, but photographic skills really vary. I've seen some great homes look terrible on line and other homes look fantastic online only to cause me to wonder what happened when I arrived in person.
With a great local agent, they can get a sense of what you are looking for, preview and even take additional pictures if it makes sense and finally arrange a tour when you come to visit.... more
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.