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Owensboro, KY

#21 Jan 22, 2013
I don't want to do a house swap because I think... fingers crossed the house will be under contract soon. We're waiting on a buyer to get the pre-approval paperwork in the mail.

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wasone

Canton, OH

#22 Jan 22, 2013
If you want a house with land and only have a budget of $120, you are not going to get much of a house in Warren County. You migth think about going across the Allen or Simpson County line and might find something but not Warren. Now, if you mean a house and like 1 acre, you might be able to find something It just depends on what neighborhood you want. If you are willing to live in a subdivison, your agent is lying if they say Park Hills is the only area with homes in that price range, not true. Lots of house out L'ville Road in that price, some even in Plano, Rockfield and Richpond areas, lots of things in that price range but they will be about 1,000 to 1,200 sq ft and aren't going to have a couple of acres of land with them.
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Owensboro, KY

#23 Jan 22, 2013
Just want a large enough yard for a swingset and stuff for our kids. Like 1/4 acre realisticly. We looked at a few in alvanton area. I hate house shopping. Especially online!
wasone

Canton, OH

#24 Jan 22, 2013
Prices in Bowling Green are very driven by the school district and the amount of rental in an area. THats why Park Hills has not had good reviews. There are some beautiful homes in the area, some people that take great pride in their homes but there are also a lot of rental homes bought up from foreclosures and a lot of people have moved into the neighborhood that have brought it down. You dont' want to buy anything in the Warren Elementary School district either, so keep that in mind. I have nothing against the school, I am just telling you in BG, that school district will kill your ability to resell, but it also keeps prices lower, like in the Hadley area. Get an agent you believe in, tell them exactly what you are looking for and have them e mail the listings as they come up, then, if you have interest, go see them and if not, don't check them out. An honest agent will tell you what areas are not best for resell and they won't be trying to shove you into things you can't afford. If you are doing it on your own, so be it but if you get an agent and they dont' call you back or keep making you feel they are pushing you, get a different agent. They are working for you, not you working for them.
Kevin

Bowling Green, KY

#25 Jan 22, 2013
My wife and I are currently selling our home in the Deer Park subdivision. This neighborhood is to the left of the waterpark. We have lived here since 2004 and have really enjoyed it. We run around the neighborhood after dark in the summer without any worries. The reason there are so many houses for sale is that these houses were not really intended to be life long ownership. This is why they are not overly expensive. We have a little girl and one on the way and just need more space. You'll see the same amount of homes for sale in any neighborhood with comparable home values. Our house is very well built and move in ready. We haven't had to do anything to the house other than having a few shingles replaced after a storm. It's really a good neighborhood. Our house is fenced with a storage shed. We do not have any neighbors directly behind us and our yard is plenty big. Good luck with your house hunting. BTW, I would caution you about moving anywhere out three springs road as traffic is horrible. Living in deer park I can get downtown where I work or to the mall in about 5-10 minutes.
Kevin

Bowling Green, KY

#26 Jan 22, 2013
Also, Deer Park and Park Hills actually feed into Lost River Elementary, not Warren Elementary.
wasone

Canton, OH

#27 Jan 22, 2013
Kevin wrote:
Also, Deer Park and Park Hills actually feed into Lost River Elementary, not Warren Elementary.
I didn't saythe fed into Warren Elementary, I just said to keep in mind that school does effect your resale value. As for Three Springs, you are right that traffic is terrible but you would be hard pressed to find a house in that area for $120 or less anyway. There have been a lot of houses in the past 5 years that were repo houses in the Park Hills area, bought by agents or investors, and that has helped with the decline of property values. As you said, there are houses for sale in all neighborhoods, but you need to find out how many rental homes are in the area to determine your chances of building any equity. If your home is for sale, I'm sure you are finding that out about right now.
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Owensboro, KY

#28 Jan 22, 2013
Thanks for the info about schools. If we find a home that looks interesting i will ask you all about the schools. Our oldest is 4 tomorrow and will be in kindergarten before i know it! I have been using greatschools.com to help but its hard to judge! In Owensboro our most "ghetto" school is foust elementary. As in you say you're kid goes there and it's like ooohh (& you think to yourself that they must be living super trashy.) But their rating on greatschools is a 10/10. Yesthe test scores are high and reviews by parents are high. But the free and reduced lunch rates are crazy. I think it said 91% which that really says a lot about a school. Sounds terrible but it's true. I've been looking at bg schools and their free/reduced rates and their test scores to get an idea but again the Internet is only so trust worthy...
Buyer

Alliance, OH

#29 Jan 22, 2013
Don't use Crye Leike.... They will screw it up!
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Owensboro, KY

#30 Jan 23, 2013
Buyer wrote:
Don't use Crye Leike.... They will screw it up!
Okay thanks. Who do you all recommend?
wasone

Canton, OH

#31 Jan 23, 2013
Let me tell you this, Warren County schools sometimes does a weird districting in order to get the free/reduced rate up. Example is, they bus kids from out behind Greenwood Ford, all the way out to Alvaton Elementary. There are 3 schools closer than Alvaton but they never have enough free and reduced lunch at Alvaton to get some of the federal funds for special projects, so the school system busses those kids there to make it more "diverse". So, don't be totally swayed by those numbers and on the flip side, that school used to always excel in testing intil this bussing started and now, their scores are lower, figure that one out for yourself. All agents at Crye Leike are not bad agents. Agents are independ contractors, don't let the broker ruin thei reps. There are some very good agents there as there are at all agencies in BG and there are some not so good there, as well as the other agencies in town.
Kevin

Bowling Green, KY

#32 Jan 23, 2013
The OP was asking about Park Hills so I felt it important to point out what school these houses feed into. One thing you have to keep in mind is that while you might be living in a more desirable area, you will be paying more for less house. There is some rental property over here, however the rent is relatively high because the homes are newer. This keeps out the riff raff.

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