Renting/Buying in Des Moines/Huxley/Ames area

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  1. isu2014

    isu2014 Active Member

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    #1 isu2014, Jan 25, 2018
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    I will be soon taking a job that will require me to move to the Des Moines area. I'm either looking to rent or buy...Preferably not in the middle of the city, but either in one of the small towns around Des Moines or in the country somewhere close. If I buy, I'd love for it to be outside city limits if possible. Budget for buying is definitely lower than 200K, and ideal would probably be around 150K. Anyone know any really good realtors in this area to check out?

    Any advice in general would be more than welcome. Thanks, and Go Cyclones!

    EDIT: Probably going to rent for awhile before buying.
     
  2. BCClone

    BCClone Well-Known Member

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    Rent, never buy when first moving to a new area. Make sure the job is right, the area is right and scope out the area a little. Much happier long run if you rent temporarily.
     
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    cyclonespiker33 Well-Known Member

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    There's this Mark Charter guy you could talk to...
     
  4. AgronAlum

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    I’m not saying it’s impossible, but you’re going to have issues getting a decent house outside of town at that price point. Most are sitting on acreages which are running 250+ for a normal ranch or two story home.

    There are a lot of people looking for what you’re looking for in that area, so it doesn’t come cheap.

    My advice is to rent with adding a 60 day notice clause and keeping your eyes peeled for something to buy. I haven’t had any issues adding that to a lease in the past. I’ve needed it with how much I’ve moved and how little notice I get sometimes. Finding what you want in that price range will probably take awhile.
     
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    I’m not sure what things go for in Ames, but you’ll have a hard time getting anything in a suburb for 150, let alone an acreage.
     
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    Take the advice to rent first with the 60 day notice to terminate. Good advice.
     
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  7. Minny_Clone

    Minny_Clone New Member

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    If you are looking for a realtor, Jim Manderfield (Iowa Realty) is great. Been in the business for 30+ years and is an ISU alum.
     
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  8. carvers4math

    carvers4math Well-Known Member

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    There is quite a bit of new construction in Huxley and google tells me some of it is right around the $200,000 mark.

    You might find something more what you are looking for south, near Carlisle, Norwalk, or Indianola.
     
  9. cybychoice

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    IIf the job is in Des Moines you really should look at renting in one of the suburbs. That will give you the idea of what paying a monthly mortgage will be like as it isn't cheap, especially on your own. Also most of the suburbs are a 20 minute drive to anything in actual Des Moines. I had a 150k budget when I was looking for a house 3 years ago. I ended up spending 160K just because what I required (3bed 2bath 2stall garage) was impossible to find at that price in a good area. I full expect my next house with similar requirements to what you're after to cost 300k+. This is a commuter area, so you really need to find out what kind of drive time you can tolerate, I live in Ankeny and my commute to downtown is ~20 minutes. I could probably push that to 30/40 and still be happy, but I know my fiance would kill me if it was anything longer than 30 minutes for her to get to her job.
     
  10. isu2014

    isu2014 Active Member

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    Thanks, I'll probably go with renting a place for a while. Good advice.
     
  11. JerseyGirl

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    Another consideration to keep in mind (in the area mentioned) are utilities costs. In parts of northern Ankeny there are different electric service providers on different sides of the street, with very different rates. Internet, cable choices can also be limited too.
     
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