Once again, Reddit provides a good writing prompt. I find that if I spend a great deal of time answer one person’s questions, others may find the answers and conversation useful as well.
I’m going to answer a few of your questions (I’m Jim; I’m a realtor)
Would folks recommend renting short term to figure out where my wife, who’s in HR, would land a job then look to buy based on that?
Thanks! Tonight I’m going to meet a buddy downtown and will take me about 45 minutes to get there so I’m not too concerned for traffic.
I’ve found that your perspective may change … I’d say for most people, ~23-25 minutes is a threshold for “am I going to go do this?“
I did look through Forrest lakes (sic) thanks to a Lyft driver that helped me see some areas. I also heard Crozet and over by Lake Monticello.
Forest. 🙂 Here’s a video of Forest Lakes I did years ago for a client. Your comment leads me to ask, “what do you need/want to be close to? What is ‘close’?”
I’m ok with a 20-30 min commute but the wife wants to be as close as possible.
Unfortunately for buyers, the market is currently favoring the seller at this time.
This is very micro market specific. Some pockets are moving fast (going under contract in a day or two) and other pockets are getting hammered … taking weeks and months to sell, if at all.
Overall I’m fairly open but my wife wants basically a two story with yard, porch, updated kitchen, etc. yet close to being where things are happening. I’d want at least a garage.
This is stressful!
Here’s a survey I use with my buyers; you might find it useful.
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If you have any questions, I’m happy to help in any way.