New To Jacksonville...Looking at Springfield

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New To Jacksonville...Looking at Springfield

Post by new2jax » Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:19 am

Good morning! We are a gay couple with a small child (and can't forget the two dogs) and are looking at the Springfield area to call home. Together we make around $200k but have been working off years of debt (from adoption costs, etc.) and are just now at a place where we can look at making a true investment. We can probably realistically afford up to around $500k (with renovation costs) but don't have tons to bring to the table at the moment (although by next summer that will be a different story as we are locked in a rental lease through August 2015).

We have been looking at the 1321 Walnut Street house, the 30 E. 4th Street, the 1611 Perry Street, and even the "Drew Mansion" (which I understand may be a larger undertaking than we can realistically do/afford). We are working with a realtor from Berkshire Hathaway so we are seriously considering the area.

Any thoughts/advice on the houses, etc. would be welcome.

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Re: New To Jacksonville...Looking at Springfield

Post by movedsouth » Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:52 pm

The Drew Mansion is great, but not a first-time home buyer house. Springfield has a lot to offer in the 200-300k range. As you got some time, use it well to look at as many houses as you can. Find a local realtor. There are several realtors that live in Springfield and can help you out.

Btw: be careful with your budget. Renovations can easily get more expensive then anticipated.

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Re: New To Jacksonville...Looking at Springfield

Post by JaxUnicorn » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:00 pm

With a budget of $500k including renovations, you will have many choices here in Springfield! There are restored homes that have recently sold for around $170-$200k, which is certainly well under your budget. Depending on what you'd like to do, sounds like one that need restoration would be a good choice since you're locked into a lease until the middle of next year.

I hope you find your dream home here in the best neighborhood in Jacksonville.
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Re: New To Jacksonville...Looking at Springfield

Post by iloveionia » Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:43 pm

Welcome and thanks for making Spfld your future home.
I too encourage a local Realtor.
Spend as much time in Spfld as you can to narrow down the quadrant and houses you most like.
Plenty of dreams to be had in Spfld.
We are all house savvy here and can continue to help out as you need.
Nicole Lopez

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