Where to look, where to go?

Asked by Kelly, Farmington Hills, MI Thu Apr 10, 2008

My husband just accepted a position in Farmington Hills, MI. After reviewing tons of homes in the areas, I am not sure where to go. My family of 2 little kids (4 & 8 years old), hubby & I will be moving soon. Any advice on where you would choose to focus? We will only have a week to look around before making a purchase. I am hearing Walled Lake, Novi, Woverine Lake, & many others are great. What do you think? And how do you plan?

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smith3gary, Agent, White Lake, MI
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Kelly, This website will give you an idea of the Housing plus Transportation affordability index for the Detroit - Ann Arbor - Flint metro area. (actually 25 areas around the country) I suggest using the advanced search to give you an idea of total costs associated with living in various cities.
http://htaindex.cnt.org/
Web Reference:  http://www.mi-living.com
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Kim Wahtera, Both Buyer And Seller, 48170
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Hello Kelly ~ Much is going to depend on your "tolerance" for congestion in addition to the quality of the areas that you mentioned. North and south of Farmington Hills you'll have some great areas, but also some extremely busy areas (IMHO). Having grown up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I prefer the relative peace and slower pace of the western areas - west of I-275 (which includes Novi) - including Plymouth, Northville and Canton. Of course, these would entail some form of commute to work.
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Katie, Home Buyer, 48092
Fri Apr 18, 2008
It depends on what you want. Novi has much better shopping, slightly better schools but is starting to become fully developed. The other areas you mention are more "country" than Novi. It also depends on how much money you have to spend and if you want to be closer to downtown detroit and sports venues. If that is the case then I would look east or NE of FH.
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Derek Bauer, Agent, South Lyon, MI
Thu Apr 10, 2008
Hello, Kelly! SO glad to hear about the number of people actually referring to Michigan. It is a tremendous state, we have a ton to offer, and the resources and attractions here are vast.

The areas you mention are in the heart of where my business is focused, and I can tell you they are all wonderful. As Gary states, Agents can not steer buyers toward or away from any specific area.

Regardless of what you do or where you live, please do yourself a big favor and secure a Buyer's Agent! They are compensated by the Seller, so do your homework on who you would like to hire.

Any further questions, don't hesitate to contact me at http://www.DoorToDreams.com or email at derek@doortodreams.com
Web Reference:  http://www.DoorToDreams.com
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smith3gary, Agent, White Lake, MI
Thu Apr 10, 2008
Kelly, Here is Traffic Information. http://www.traffic.com/Detroit-Traffic/Detroit-Traffic-Repor…

I suggest looking from during rush hours.
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Missy Caulk, Agent, Saline, MI
Thu Apr 10, 2008
All are good area's. Have you actually made a visit here? Novi is more croweded than Walled Lake and Wolverine Lake. All have good schools, just depends on how you want to deal with traffic. I-75 is horrible at rush hour.
Can he go drive the area's and check his time, regardless of the miles?
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smith3gary, Agent, White Lake, MI
Thu Apr 10, 2008
Kelly, There are many Federal and State laws preventing real estate professionals from giving you suggestions on where to live. Please Google "Steering".

The State of Michigan website provides information about most communities and schools.
http://michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-29701_31713_31714---,00.html
http://michigan.gov/mde

You can also look on http://oakgov.com for more information about Oakland County
Web Reference:  http://www.mi-living.com
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Brian Butter…, Agent, Royal Oak, MI
Thu Apr 10, 2008
Would living on a lake be important to you. I think an interview with an agent would be a great first step in really evaluating what your needs and wants are in a home and neighborhood. Thanks for coming to Michigan, can you bring all your friends and neighbors too!
Web Reference:  http://Contact4Homes.com
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