If you need help zeroing in on a neighborhood, I provided a link below to a form that will e-mail you neighborhood reports for areas that match your own criteria. This allows you to find out more about neighborhoods before you begin looking.
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I'd suggest contacting a reliable loan officer so that you know exactly what you want to spend... NOT just what you can afford. It's best to NOT be house poor.
Secondly, use the internet as suggested previously, talk with anyone you know in Denver, determine the area in which you would like to live.
Lastly, start looking as soon as you know the amount you intend to spend. There are lots of homes to select from in the Denver Metro area. It's best to allow yourself time to find the home that is EXACTLY right for you. There are numerous Short Sale and Lender Owned opportunities; those may take longer to finalize.
Best of Luck, Dave!
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You asked this same question about a week ago!! At that time I suggested you start looking now... I'd still make that same suggestion. Go for it, Dave! In this market, there are tremendous opportunities for someone who is buying!
I would suggest you begin looking at Realtor.com website and get your feet wet. This is more or less a universal site which will give you a good overall view of the metro listings and give you an idea of styles, prices,etc. Of course you might want to take into consideration your work or school location and work from that point. I have had several out of town buyers and suggest they get some idea of what Denver offers before they go out and start driving the neighborhoods.
You can get by fairly inexpensively looking for a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom condo....or spend as much you like on it. The website I mentioned has a mortgage feature that lets you plug your numbers in and gives you a better idea of payment amounts.
Let me know if I can help you further - firstname.lastname@example.org or (720)291-5410
Have fun looking!
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I would suggest that you at least set yourself up with a tracking system that can allow you to search, save and make notes to home(s) now. Review and find what is important to you. Call and ask agents about the HOA fees/what they include-such as utilities ect. Any REALTOR(S) with this type of website can provide you this resource. It usually takes you setting up an account on their site to start the process. You are more than welcome to use mine and gain access to the local MLS database here in Denver.
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