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Elana, Home Buyer in 11238

moving from Brooklyn to suburbs - how do we figure out how to start our research?

Asked by Elana, 11238 Mon Jul 28, 2008

Like many people looking to leave NYC to move to the suburbs, we have no idea where to start! We are not from the tri-state area, so we don't know the various communities. Because we are not from here, we don't have a 'home' to move home to, and are a bit overwhelmed by even how to start narrowing our choices.
Our general criteria:
1) no more than an hour commute to Manhattan
2) We do have family in PA, so if anything, would like to move closer to them, not further away (eg, Westchester adds another hour to travel time)
3) Good public schools (kids are 2 and under right now)
4) Community with young, progressive families

Any ideas on where/how to start exploring?
Thanks so much

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We know our buying power - I didn't care to note it in the email.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 28, 2008
When purchasing a home even if you don’t know “where”, you should start the process with your mortgage planner―not the realtor. Why start looking around if you don’t know your buying power? After you have analyzed your goals, dreams and finances you then enlist a realtor with a mortgage plan in hand to help you find your home.

Your realtor will also appreciate this; she will know that you are qualified to be looking at the price point you requested. By doing it the other way around (as most people do), you will be rushed into a home-buying decision and act out of impulse or emotion, and not from sound thinking. This is what leads many people into homes they cannot afford because the fell in love with the house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 28, 2008
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