Honestly, it's just a case of not enough money. If you are looking in the low 200's for a 3 bedroom house that you can actually live in, you are going to be looking in urban areas.
If you can stand it, I would stay where you are and save enough to make a larger down payment. If you can at least look in the upper 200's, you can then find a starter home in an area like Netcong or Mount Arlington, which are nice suburban areas right on the train line that you can enjoy, even in a small home.
If you can't stand it, you may be able to find something very small and just crowd in and make it a 2-step process. Move in, live there for 2-3 years and save for a larger place.
Good luck and if you have any other questions, contact me!
Your writing is not complete to completely analyzing your specific situation.
To answer your question, yes, you can find a home for your specific needs.
You will have to compromise on location or distance.
Write me with your Tel to further discuss it.
Please don't give up! There are areas in Mercer and Middlesex Counties that are locse to the northeast corridor train line that would be an easy commute into NYC for your husband! My office also has Buyer's seminars each month that are quite informative about the local market and I encourage you to contact me for the next date. I'm an agent with 15 years experienc e in this area, and a consistent, professional top-producer. Please call me so that we can discuss this further-
Weichert Realtors, Princeton
Your husband is correct. You should not be spending your weekends driving all over. A good Realtor should be working smarter for you, not harder. You should only see viable homes. Much "leg work" can be done on the web and e-mail.
Feel free to contact me for more information. I don't make money for referrals, just my inspections.
Mid Jersey Inspections
NJ Home Inspector Lic. #076900
My office is close to the Plainfield area so if you need assistance feel free to contact me.
As you may know banks today are getting more and more properties on their books which doesn't help their bottom line and with some diligence and some patience from the agent you choose to go with you may be able to find that perfect home.
A big misconception is that these bank owner/foreclosure homes are always run down and that simply true in all cases.
If I can be of assistance let me know!
John Davis, Realtor
RE/MAX Village Square
Office: 973-509-2222 x174
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