Ya'll are going to love living here. I assume this will be your first home...and if that's true consider the following:
1. Are either of you good with your hands? Are you handy? Will you have the time to love and fix up a home?
2. As newlyweds how will you like to spend your first year? Hanging wallpaper, or spending your weekends traveling?
With those questions in mind I offer the following advice, buy a home in a newly constructed community that is three years old..or newer. These homes are built according to the latest codes and for the most part, going to have newer heat and air systems, roofs, etc that arent't going to break down for 10-15 years.....
Remember that this is going to be your first home...not your forever home......
Now, if you love to rehab, paint, tear apart and put back together...then another set of opportunities exist. Older homes offer character, charm, mature landscaping, and a stronger sense of community. The trees may overhang the street, and neighborhood may just be fabulous! Be ready to possibly repair of replace expensive parts of an older home, (roof, heat and air, hot water heater, dish washer). Also be ready to live with antiquated floor plans, closets that are insanely small, and leaky basements. Older homes were built for the codes that existed at the time the home was built. Don't expect to have systems that can handle today's demands....case in point....electricity that goes dim during excessive use, or slow running plumbing, or cold spots in certain spots due to poorly placed heat ducts. You get the message.
There are no simple answers. No home, regardless of the amount of money you spend, will provide 100% of your families needs. Something will always be missing. Rejoice! Those items will give you great upcoming goals or projects to plan for and look forward to.
You and your new hubby need to decide how you want to spend your first 3-5 years together (expect to stay there that long to gain equity and not lose money on an early sale).
Neighborhoods abound in the price range you are asking about....Lease somewhere for the first 6 months to a year. Thereafter, go on a month to month lease...even if it costs you more. During that time you will meet lots of new friends that can tip you off to cool neighborhoods and provide their opinions. Drive those neighborhoods during all times of the day to get a feel for them. Go in lots of open houses. Interview several agents (that have been referred to you by your new friends). See which one appears to have the time and inclination to serve you the best. Take your time. Have fun. Its a wonderful window of opportunity for each of you!
Keller Williams Realty