I moved to Chicago from Bloomington about 5 years ago. I still have my townhouse on the west side of Bloomington. A doctor has been renting it since I left I think she will be moving in July. My townhouse is a large 3 bedroom, 2 bath with a large deck and huge gargage. The complex also has a super clean and nice swimming pool. I can give you a great deal on the place. Let me know.
What price range are you looking at? I have a few fantastic realtors who know Bloomington inside and out. Will you be working in Bloomington? There are some great communities within an easy commute to Bloomington as well. Let me know if there are any questions I can answer or hook you up with one of my Realtors.
Have you need Pre-Approved yet? Remember to have a Pre-Approval ready to go when you want to start looking at homes, most Realtors that I know won't take someone out to look at homes until they have a Pre-Approval for mortgage financing. If you have any questions on this hit me up at Sean@Spectrafinancial.com
Welcome to the state!
While licensed real estate agents cannot directly answer your question (by law), you CAN
-- Check with the Bloomington police department and get crime statistics
-- Check with the Dept of Corrections and do a search for Level 3 Sex Offenders
-- Visit websites like MomsLikeMe and check out their local neighborhood information
-- Check out the schools at Schoolhouse Magazine Online
-- Visit the city website
-- Check out City Data
-- Visit Neighborhood Link
That should get you started!
I came to Bloomington via a job transfer from the Chicagoland area so I can show you around Bloomington with an understanding of the area you are coming from. Chicagoland is awesome but I know you will love Bloomington as well! I keep close tabs on properties in my neighborhood so visit my website and click on the tab labeled "Bush Lake News and Views". Here you can take a video tour of Bush Lake which is located in West Bloomington and also view some of the houses that are currently for sale.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
A tough question to answer since familial status is a protected class in MN - meaning that we can't discriminate against it (in this case you would be discriminating against those without children).
That said, as a father of two young children, I completely understand your concern. I might recommend that if you are here during the summer that you take a drive around some neighborhoods - as with Illinois - Minnesota children generally fill up the streets on a summer evening. You might also concentrate on a neighborhood that were entry level, or first level move-up in the past 5-10 years. An agent could definitely help you find a 5-10 year old house in a moderate price range.
Please let me know if you would like some further assistance in the matter.