My wife and I made a similar move years ago and I can totally relate. It's hard to give up the excitement and pace of the city. There is nothing quite like the ease of a bar or a cup of joe within walking distance. We settled close to Westwood in NJ. It is fantastic! It has the great train line you are looking for and enough "fun" to satisfy during the transition. Also there are options in your price range.
I would be happy to show you around the town. My wife and I love it.
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1. Meet with a Local Mortgage Banker to get prequalified for mortgage financing. The Mortgage Banker will review all facets of your loan request to answer your questions with regards to the types of loans and maximum loan amounts you could qualify for.
2. Get a referral to a good, local, real estate attorney. Call the attorney, retain the attorney so you have her information handy when you make an offer. Having that information at time of offer helps you demonstrate to the Seller how serious you are, and they will consider your offer with more interest.
3. Line up a Home Inspector. A good home inspector will scare the heck out of you: that's what you pay him for! But you'll concentrate on the fundamentals of the property: roof free of leaks, plumbing, heating and electrical up to code and in good working order. Again, when you make an offer and you have your Home Inspector ready to go, your offer will be considered with much more interest by a Seller because you truly have your "ducks in a row" and your preparation demonstrates your serious attitude about conducting the purchase transaction in a timely manner.
4. Find an experienced Local Realtor who works in your desired shopping area. A serious pro Realtor will refuse to show you homes until you are Prequalified for mortgage financing. Don't take offense! That Realtor doesn't want you to be disappointed and wants you to have a smooth experience as you shop for your new home.
Put together your Team of real estate professionals and shop 'til you drop!
Best of luck in your search!
Most other areas wll be suburban.
When are you available to view some choice homes in your price range?
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Buy a little condo - but I would warn you not all will allow pets - in one of those towns. Once you can get to know an area you can plan for the future and move up to a larger home when the time comes and you can afford to be in the main town of your choice..
Take some time you check out some towns. look for info on the train and bus schedules. check out the schools Check out the availability of the starter condo.
Sound like homework? It sure is :)
Can you deal with a 1/2 bedroom condo?
Actually, I just thought of a 2 br townhome in W. Orange that is listed for 239,900....it's really very nice with an open floorplan - there's a pool and tennis court......and.........the bus to the city is less than a 5 min walk............it is, however, "real" suburbia...but "next door" to Montclair which has a more urbane vibe......
Feel free to email me, and I will be happy to share some other options with you......
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Garfield, Elmwood park, Rochelle park, Lodi, Saddle Brook, Little Ferry, Moonachie, and many more towns.
If interested Please call me at any time 24/7 I always pick up the phone. I can show you the whole inventory from my office. right now for 250K. you have a lot of choices. maybe a two family will help you better. let sit down and talk I'm ready when you're ready and willing to talk at any time of the day even night 24 hours a day
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You might cosider Morris County- Denville in particular.
There is a train to mid town direct,lot of good restaurants,lakes,parks and it is a great place to live.
If you would like to see listings avail. in your price range send me your email address and I will send you some.
Best of luck,Carolle