RIT is a great school and in a great area. I spent many days and nights working through my education there and I am certain your son will enjoy his time there as well. If, and when, you decide to buy a home, I'd love to help out by providing a through home inspection. I offer a unique on-line "live" review of the inspection results for people, such as yourself, who may not be able to attend the actual inspection. Our rates are very reasonable and I'll toss in the on-line review for free.
Thanks and good luck,
SiteTech Home Inspections of Rochester, New York
This is a terrific idea. I have just recently (one closed Monday and one later today) sold homes in that area of town. I also have another client that is looking to do the same thing in the near future for their child(ren) as one currently goes to RIT and another may go to U of R next year. There are many terrific opportunities to be had in this and neighboring areas. You would best be served talking to an agent that is active in the area and is able to help you navigate through the process. It can be complicated if you are not familiar with the process.
I would be willing to chat with you at your convienence to walk you through the search, financing, purchase offers, and the such. If you'd like to contact me ... feel free.
I wish you luck with your process.
Century 21 - Premier Properties
The poster who listed something about a Park Ave apt, probably has a very nice place, but it is well on the upper end of home prices in Rochester. However the Park Ave area is extremely nice and about as fancy/artsy as you find around Rochester. It will be significantly more expensive, depending primarily on location, and will be a 15-25min commute to RIT.
The suburbs of Henrietta may be an attractive option. Homes are usually in the $80-130K range. Almost anywhere in Henrietta will be a 10min or less commute to RIT and will have convenient access to malls and shopping areas. Many homes here could be rentable, but unlike some of the homes in the city, almost all are probably well suited to a couple in retirement as well. And generally property taxes are lower in Henrietta than the surrounding areas. Good luck to your son at RIT, it can be a fast paced school depending on the major.
RIT '06 Alum
My wife and I are agents here in the area and have helped quite a few people that were in your exact situation. Mostly we handle incoming student to the University of Rochester, but with all of the students and schools here we have helped a few others as well.
We can make the entire process a whole lot easier on you by setting up all of the appointments for you and educating you on the area while you are here. We understand the need to maximize the time that you spend here so you don't feel as though your wheels are spinning. We will make sure that when you arive, everything is all set up for you. From a distance, purchasing a home can be a bit stressfull for some. We will show you that we will be here for you and your son throughout the process and well after the purchase is complete.
I would love the opportunity to chat with you about this. If you would like I can certainly get you a few references from some of my out of town buyers.
We have a great time doing what we do and love to help other people enjoy it as well.
Please feel free to contact us at anytime, even your curiosities are reason to call. We'll make the time.
LSP for Nothnagle Realtors