The criteria that you've provided is a little vague. My advice is to get to know a good buyers agent who will help you determine what you want, what you need, and where you want it. A good buyer agent will get to know you and your wife and help you find the right home for you.
You've got plenty of time to shop around so avoid agents who try to sell you on their listings. There are literally thousands of agents who list properties and it is in their best interest to try to sell those to you first. A buyers agent will provide you with all the listings that fit your needs and wants.
This is really the best time of the year to buy, not to mention rates are low and you might get the tax credit. I would suggest looking around the East Clark, to Northfield Blvd off Highland also Scottland Chase off Greenland area. Sometimes there are great 1960's homes that need fixing up with hardwood floors and good brick construction.
Hope this helps,
Bob Parks Realty
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I am a forclosure specialist and save my clients 10's of thousands of dallars on the purchase of forclosed homes and I'd be happy to do the same for you and your family. During your search, remember the person on the sign in the lawn represents the seller and the seller best interest, thus you should choose a buyers agent to represent your best interest, who will cost you nothing and has the potential to save you a tremendous amount on your purchase. Feel free to give me a call so I can get some additional search criteria.
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