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Sarah, Home Buyer in Sacramento, CA

We are moving to Memphis in August. My Husband will be attending SCO for 4 years. I am a elementary school

Asked by Sarah, Sacramento, CA Sun Jun 1, 2008

teacher. We will be starting a family soon. We want to buy our first home. What areas should we concentrate our search?

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Welcome to Memphis and the surrounding area!! I have family in Sacramento (all are teachers/prof. on the college level - you might know them).

It's an awesome time to be a first time home buyer with rates so low, fantastic loan programs for the medical student and teaching profession and inventory is sweet! You have nothing to sell in order to purchase....the world is your oyster!!

Now, for you to be perfectly happy with your new endeavor, I need to be privy to exactly what kind of lifestyle you are looking. Then we start to look at neighborhoods and communities. Also, budgets and commutes are going to be essential. Some people like new - some like older homes, some want to be steps away from work/school, some want yards, some would like no grass in site. You have so many options, call me at 901-848-5962 or email and we can discuss everything.

Best wishes,

Jo Shaner
Web Reference: http://www.lipseyshaner.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Sarah,
I may be coming in a little late. I hope you have had a chance to move and are settled in. School is about to begin, were you able to find a school? As you have no doubt figured out if you have done any research there are some terrific area in the Memphis outlying areas and also in DeSoto County in MS. I recently moved in from out of state myself. If I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me. Good luck!
Carrie
Web Reference: http://carriecrowell.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 6, 2008
My suggestion is the High Pointe Terrace area. The homes in this area tend to hold their value extremely well. The neighborhood is a great mix of singles, young couples, young families and elderly singles. The area has a great feel and would only be about 10-15 minutes to SCO. You didn't say where you would be teaching so that could come into play. If you don't want Memphis specifically, then some of the outlying suburbs like Collierville or Arlington would be my suggestion. The schools are top-notch in both areas and the resale value and markets in both areas are still doing well. High Pointe Terrace is within 5 minutes of The University of Memphis in case you need classes for your TN license. If you need contacts there, let me know. I worked in the College of Education there for six years. I would be happy to help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 6, 2008
Now is a great time to purchase your first home and given you are a young and growing family you will want to consider future resale and how specific areas have done in the past. All prices are down right now it seems so once again this is a great time to purchase. With your husband attending SCO for the next 4 years a reasonable driving distance for him will also be important. No matter where you decide to live, it is only about 30 minutes from Collierville to Downtown and there is a lot in between the two areas. Your family preferences and lifestyle will determine which areas better suit your family. There are what I consider to be "hot spots" that people just seem to want to be in and I will be happy to visit with you about them. Give me a call and we will talk further if your interested. (901) 870-8014
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 10, 2008
Germantown - specifically 38139 - great schools, great neighbors and community, plus close to everything! we love it!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 2, 2008
Desoto County !!! the schools are great. You get so much more for your money here than in memphis and not to mention property taxes are much lower ! We just listed our home and would be glad to show it to you. 1.5 story, corner lot, 4 bedroom, 3 full bath, lot is just under 1 acre. Its landscaped and the MBedroom has a beautiful sitting area with a panoramic window. The house is just under 2600 sq ft. Its listed at 239,900 . Email me at Sassyredheademtp@aol.com if interested
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
Look at the High Point area or Joffre area, both near Poplar & Highland. Trees & yards, starter homes as well as larger homes, lots of young couples beginning families, and in the very center of the city -- only about 4 miles from SCO.

Best wishes,
Ken Hall
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 26, 2008
Hello Sarah,
Location of your new home is very important for both you and your husband's workplace as well as starting a new family. The price range home that you expect to purchase will have a huge affect on where your new home's location in and around Memphis will be. The suburbs offer some of the better county schools as well as lower property taxes and area statistics also show a lower crime rate as well. Commuting to SCO may take a few more minutes, perhaps as much as 25 minutes, but your family's needs will determine which area is the best for your choice. We just closed on a property for a client who attends SCO, and they purchased in Harbor Town...which is only minutes from SCO and right on the river downtown...rather than the suburbs. We would be happy to discuss the suburbs with you or Harbor Town and we can easily email homes to you in various areas for you to review. Please visit our website http://www.Bluffcityrealestate.com to get all of our contact information. You can also use our MLS home lookup feature to lookup homes on your own if you like.
Good Luck
Connie & Don
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 11, 2008
You will want to check out both public schools systems (and maybe other memphis stuff)and various private schools if you are planning on teaching. Visit my site http://www.spake.com and check the links in the right column. Most of the SCO students I place choose Midtown or Downtown. Both are good neighborhoods with lots going on, and a variety of architectures, and life styles. Many parents raise families in Midtown (as I did) and Downtown. They are both urban areas. The farther east you go, the more the environments look like scenes from "Leave it To Beaver", and I don't mean that in a deragoratory way - just a flash description.
Please contact me for more details.
Web Reference: http://www.spake.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 1, 2008
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