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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 2:00:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught

May 20, 2009

Thinking about buying a home in Chico?  If you are familiar with the area or not, here are some good things to consider when house hunting:

1. Location, Location, Location:
Where do you want to be located in Chico?  Downtown, close to the park, close to the mall, close to relatives, close to work...this is an important question to consider. 

2. Price Range:
Know your price range.  Take the time to sit down with a realtor and/or mortgage broker and figure out what exactly is your "price point" or the highest price you are willing to spend on a house.  STICK TO IT! If you don't you will end up just wasting your time and your realtors time looking at homes you really can't afford. There are typically areas or pockets in towns that have houses in a certain price range.  For example, in Chico if you have lived here long you would know that Keefer which is far far north Chico is known for having larger lots and larger, more expensive homes.  Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. So if you really love one specific side of town or area of town look into the housing prices in the area. 

3. School District:
Do you have children k-12th grade?  If you do, picking a house in a school zone that you like is important.  You can go to the Chico Unified Website to find out what streets are in what school zones: http://www.chicousd.org/__dept/schools/Schools/index.html  Remember too, if you do find a house that you love in a school zone that you don't necessaricly love there are always private schools, charter schools and the choice of trying to "form-10" into another school in Chico.

Check back tomorrow for more things to consider when buying your Chico property.

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3594 KEEFER RD, Chico, CA $569,000.00
  Residential 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Built in 1977   2.02 Acres  2814 Sq. Ft.
  Lovely 3BD/2.5BA, 2-story home on 2 beautiful treed acres with a seasonal creek in desirable neighborhood. Family room, formal living and dining, kitchen with SS appliances, ...

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228 DENALI DR, Chico, CA $394,000.00
  Residential 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 2003   0.22 Acres  1956 Sq. Ft.
  Location, Location, Location! .22 acre lot situated on the corner directly across from neighborhood park. Amenities include Rock fireplace, hard wood floor, stainless steel ap...

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235 YELLOWSTONE DR, CHICO, CA $355,000.00
  Residential 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 1997   0.2 Acres  1979 Sq. Ft.
  Awesome home in amber grove. Great room floor plan with separate office/den. Open kitchen with smooth surface countertops, newer appliances, pantry & spacious dining. Great ma...

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2271 FERN AVE, CHICO, CA $279,000.00
  Residential 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 1963   1488 Acres  1488 Sq. Ft.
  Classic home in a great area. Wood floors in living area, nice back yard with a cool pool plus an 8 x 20 pool cabana and covered patio, kitchen has fresh paint and new floorin...

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140 ECHO PEAK TERRACE, Chico, CA $270,000.00
  Residential 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 2004   0.09 Acres  1584 Sq. Ft.
  Delightfully Modern... You'll love the openness and lots of light! Yosemite Terrace home, mostly tile floors, carpets in the bedrooms. Maple cabinetry throughout. Half walled ...

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1581 WARNER ST, Chico, CA $269,000.00
  Residential 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 1927   0.23 Acres  1560 Sq. Ft.
  Great location near CSUC and Enloe hospital. Ideal for parent investment or first time home buyer.

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2682 FAIRFIELD CMNS, Chico, CA $265,000.00
  Residential 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 1997   0.14 Acres  1424 Sq. Ft.
  Very nice home in senior community in California Park. Features tile countertops, vaulted ceilings, dual pane windows, forced-air heating & cooling. Nicely landscaped back y...

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1690 COOKS WAY, Chico, CA $230,175.00
  Residential 4 Bedroom 2 Bath Built in 1976   1734 Sq. Ft.
  WOW!!! What a value...4 bedroom home with an in ground pool for well under 250K!!! Home sold AS-IS. No exceptions. act quickly.

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1532 HOBART ST, Chico, CA $215,000.00
  Residential 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Built in 1959   0.2 Acres  833 Sq. Ft.
  Looking for a CUTE bungalow in the Avenues? This could be your new home. A Deep backyard has potential for second unit, garden, or RV parking. This home is close to Enloe, D...

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522 NORD AVENUE, Chico, CA $145,000.00
  Residential 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Built in 1984   840 Sq. Ft.
  Just a skip and a jump away from CSUC! This condos has a bike path right to campus. Unit is upstairs and the community is peppered with mature lush trees. This unit has new ki...

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