Post # 1
We’ve been wanting to buy a house in WA for a while now but I’m afraid I’ll buy one in the wrong area or something. I dont want to buy anything expensive. In fact, the cheaper the better, just because Im afraid of how the job market will be like. Are there areas where you can have a decent house under $100k in an area where you wont get shot at or something? It doesnt have to be near Seattle. Infact, Id rather it was in a woodsy area, but not so far that Id have to drive an hour to get to a WalMart.
Post # 3
Great question! I would love to see the responses. My hubby and I have lived in Seattle almost a year now, and are starting to talk about buying a house somewhere in the area. Prices here (at least in the Ballard area) are just crazy! I have no idea how regular people can afford to buy here.
Post # 4
check out http://www.citydata.com. Its a great resouce for questions like this
Also, check out htt://www/redfin.com for average costs of houses in a particular city. For example, this is for Redmond http://www.redfin.com/city/14913/WA/Redmond outside Seattle and the avg housing cost is $430.
I suspect for something less than $100, you will have to go far outside Seattle.
For greenwood http://www.redfin.com/neighborhood/1166/WA/Seattle/Greenwood-Seattle-WA
The way to get to this stat is to search the town, then on the map on the left there is a box/link called “Sales and Trends” this will give you sale history
Post # 5
Are jobs an issue? I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life, so I’m fairly familiar with most of the urban areas near-ish to Seattle.
You could check out Maple Valley. It’s about an hour from Seattle, but is still near a lot of stores.
Post # 6
It’s a little hard to determine what an acceptable area would be by your post, because Washington is a really big state. A house for under $100K is going to be hard to find anywhere in the Seattle metro area or surrounding suburbs. For example, I live in Mountlake Terrace (15 miles north of Seattle) and the only thing around here less than $100K are condos. However, if you want to go further South to the suburbs of Tacoma, you will have better luck. I did a quick search on Redfin and found a small handfull of houses in the Sumner area under $100K.
Eastern WA is much more rural, and definitely cheaper. I grew up in Ellensburg, and there isn’t a Walmart, but there is a really nice Fred Meyer, and Yakima is only a 30 minute drive away where there’s Walmart, Kmart, Costco, etc.
Post # 7
@ThreeMeers: Well, I’m sure there is a house somewhere out there that will cost $100k or less. In fact, I found a lot of them for sale on some websites I came across.
The thing is, I’m wondering if those houses that I saw under 100k are cheap because they’re in a bad area. I’ve lived in Florida my whole life, and when something is cheap, it’s because there’s a meth lab next door to you or you should invest in metal bars for your windows and doors because otherwise, you’ll be robbed.
Exhibit A: http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/4781/hajalia.jpg
I don’t care if I don’t live in Seattle, I just want to live somewhere decent where I can have a job that does’t involve farming or something and I can go to the movies on weekends and not get shot at lol. I’m not asking for much? :-/
Post # 8
@leporidae: Trulia.com lets you overlay crime stats over the map of listings in any area you are looking at. It’ll tell you whether it’s a good area or not.
Don’t forget, if you want kids, that schools are also a big deal. With a tax base pulling from homes under $100,000, I can’t imagine the schools to be that great. Maybe you should keep saving money and buy a slightly more expensive place?
Post # 9
@Miss Root: It’s funny that you say Washington is big, because I thought it was small (well, the livable parts anyway).
You mentioned Tacoma…What’s that like?
And Yakima. I’ve been there and all I saw were apple trees, dry landscape (atleast compared to the western parts) and lakes. Would it be hard to find a good job there?
My future hubby’s a truck driver.
Post # 10
I guess I can really only speak for the Seattle metro area (born, raised, bought a house in 2010) but WA is a big state and eastern WA and western WA are so different they might as well be different states.
If you want to live in the Seattle metro area or King County, then I would say that you will not be able to find something in a decent area for that price. Due to the predominant tech industry and high wages, real estate is really $$$ – our house is small, old, and in an area with an iffy school district and it was $250k…we’re lucky that we even were able to purchase for under $300k.
I don’t don’t much about the west sound, or south (Olympia, Vancouver, etc) but you might try focusing your search there. Tacoma is getting nicer, but it’s still sketchy and high crime with really questionable public schools. Eastern WA is rural but friendly – that’s where I went to college actually.
Post # 11
@Ellegee: Yeah, I didn’t think that Seattle was going to be realistic for 100k. That’s why I just said WA in general.
Post # 12
Washington is a really big state, though, and you didn’t specify what kind of area you want to live in. Could you find a house in Washington for 100K? Sure. You might be looking at some of the small towns, though. You’d likely be better off looking for condos if you want to live nearish to the urban areas, or wait and save more money.
Post # 13
If it doesn’t matter where you live, you could check out Vancouver, WA. There are houses there around 100K and you’d be close to the Portland Metro area.