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U Of M Dad, Home Buyer in Ann Arbor, MI

Looking to purchase for a daughter going to grad school at UM. Safety and proximity are main concerns, then price. Sugggestions?

Asked by U Of M Dad, Ann Arbor, MI Tue Apr 3, 2012

Condo or small house possible. What neighborhoods are near, safe and reasonable?

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Congratulations! You must be very proud. It is a great school, and a wonderful experience for those who come here. Ann Arbor is a fun place to visit, so I am sure you will be here often.

I have helped quite a few parents find a home or condo for their daughter or son. Of course you want your daughter to be safe and comfortable. We Realtors are a very regulated lot, and with good reason. For us to characterize neighborhoods is not legal. There is a source for you to make your own determinations. The Ann Arbor Observer is a wonderful resource for neighborhood information, including crime statistics. I would be happy to send one to you, with a relocation packet, if you wish. It may also be available online.

I would suggest that you go with a local Realtor, who knows the campus and the area. It is a large campus, and proximity varies according to the school she will be attending. Affordability is going to be relative to your context. Because rentals are high in Ann Arbor, a good case can frequently be made for an investment in housing. But depending on how long she is going to be here, you have to factor the costs of buying and selling in your decision. If she is only going to be here two years, it may not make sense from a financial point of view.
If I can be of further help, please don't hesitate to email or call.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 4, 2012
I didn't answer the safety part. Ann Arbor in general is very safe. TheAnnArborObserver.com lists a crime map every month that you can see. The student areas in general have the higest crime, but even that is pretty low and more theft than violent crime. Since living here in 1995, I love the west side. It is quiet, I live one mile from Main street. The buses go directly to campus. Mostly families with occasional renters. Our neighbors are fantastic.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 5, 2012
I have the perfect house for her, on http://www.forsalebyowner.com at 812 Newport Rd. We are an academic couple moving a few blocks away. The house is perfect with no surprises. I bought when I was starting residency and it is perfect, right on the bus line 12/18 that go directly to campus, or biking is great. She could choose to have 1-2 roomates as well, technically a 3 bedroom but the third bedroom has a doorwall out to the deck so we've always used as an office. We have an open house Sunday 5/6 from 1-4p. Hallberg@umich.edu Mandy
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 5, 2012
In the north campus area I will recommend condominiums due to proximity and price,
at the central campus you may want to lease for the same reasons.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 11, 2012
As a Realtor we cannot comment on safety and proximity. Many of my family members are grads of The University of Michigan and I have nieces and nephews attending the University of Michigan currently. GO BLUE !! . Please access my web site for free. It is directly connected to the M.L.S. You can access all homes condo's at your leisure. I have found that Dads in your situation have purchased homes close to U OF M campus and then selling them after their children graduate. In this market this can be a smart move. Best Regards.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 4, 2012
Believe we have suggested this website for you before. Please visit http://www.TheRealtyTour.com when you get a moment. Check out link for All MLS Listings. Thanks.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 3, 2012
We have many parents do this, to save on room and board. We work with a lot of Residents and Grad School people moving in.

Which grad school is she in and I can better advise you which part of the campus area she should be on, if she wants to ride a bike or walk.

My search site is http://SearchAnnArborHouses.com you can start there to get familiar with the area.

The homes surrounding U of M are more expensive, older with less square feet. However the condo's are more affordable.

Missy Caulk
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 3, 2012

There are several options I would be happy to discuss with you. For example which campus will your daughter be attending mostly? What are her means of transportation(drive, bike, bus)? Also, what price range would you like to stay in? Once I know more details, I can set you up with email notifications of properties that best meet your criteria and suit your daughter's needs. If you would like to get in touch, my contact info is below.

You may also find my website helpfull http://www.mtoomey.remerica.com. From the home page, click on the Ann Arbor link on the left.

Mike Toomey, Realtor
Remerica Hometown One
(734) 414-3212
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 3, 2012
It just depends on your price range, your daughter's school, campus, etc. Give me a call and we can discuss some options. 734-476-9768. Or email at david@foxwayrealty.com
Web Reference: http://www.foxwayrealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 3, 2012
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