Honestly, it's a prestigious area to live in. There is an excellent charter school that was actually established almost exclusively for children of AE. They were sued, though, and had to expand the enrollment district. My kids go to that school; we live just outside of Avondale. Let's face it, Avondale is just one of those places that built its own rep, and now people want to live there.... more
I've lived in the area for 10 years...close to Decatur and Avondale Village without having the additional city taxes. Yes, it is a safe area. I bought my home as a single woman and have never had any issues.. You should buy now and take advantage of the investment opportunity.... more
People often ask this question. Of course, we all want to simplify the process. The truth is that real estate is all about negotiation, and there is no one rule.
First, you want to have seen a variety of homes in the area. When you find one that is right for you, ask a Realtor to prepare a "CMA" comparative market analysis" This shows at least 3 similar homes in the area and what they sold for. The sales must be recent, preferably within the last 6 months. You might want to drive by the homes that are listed as "comparable" to be sure there are no hidden factors such as a bad location or a really pretty lot.
Second, what's it worth to YOU? Does it have a special feature that the others you saw don't? Do you anticipate that you will need to spend additional money shortly after you move in? Make an offer in line with your budget, and don't go over your budget without a compelling reason.
Good luck!... more