The best way to determine what schools work best for you is to schedule a visit to the school. If you aren't able to work that into your schedule there is a site called www.greatschools.org.
This site give you comprehensive data on schools throughout the country.... more
From what I'm seeing in your question, can I assume that you have a savings account? What kind of a down payment can you come up with? If you have a substantial amount out cash, I can recommend a Private Lender for you to talk to who won't put you through quite so many hoops as a Conventional Lender.
I've worked with them for several years and they seem to have a way of making things work out. If you would like to contact them, here's their information:
The Westmoore Group, LLC
Ph: (646) 801-6190
Fx: (646) 619-4291
The Westmoore Group, LLC is a licensed lender in the State of Georgia and operates under the license #30544.
Be sure to come back to Trulia and let us all know how you made out.
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