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Sunday, November 19, 2006


Moving to Appleton? The Top Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a Home

I've created a new page, "The Top Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a Home." It covers ten selected issues, plus a few more at the end as a bonus. The article is based in part on an interview with a top local realtor, Bradd Syring, and on my own experience. I welcome further suggestions. The ten issues I focus on are:
  1. Affordability:

  2. Safety

  3. Taxes and services

  4. Our local tradition of high quality construction by local craftsmen

  5. Unusual interior trends

  6. Basements(including the radon issue)

  7. Garages

  8. Climate and geography (including landscaping issues and our delightful LACK of termite)

  9. Location: tips on picking your neighborhood

  10. What to look for in a realtor - and the challenges of "for sale by owner"

I hope the page is helpful to some of you coming to our area or otherwise shopping for a home in the Fox Valley - one of the best and most affordable places to live in the United States.
Thanks for your site. As someone preparing to move to the Fox Cities area, I'm trying to get as much local flavor as possible... 1 question for you... is there housing right near the City Park in Appleton? The park looks beautiful and I'm wondering if there are any nice apartments, condos, neighborhoods within a very easy walk of the park.
The area is dominated by older large homes, some very historic and beautiful. There may be rooms for rent in some of them, perhaps, but not condos in the immediate vicinity. But there are apartments and condos within walking distance of the park.
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