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Website deems Brunswick a smart place to buy home

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    Brunswick has several real estate agents from Howard Hanna to LoFasso Real Estate. GOBankingRates.com rated Brunswick as having the second-highest livability score in its study.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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    Brunswick has several real estate agents from Howard Hanna to LoFasso Real Estate. GOBankingRates.com rated Brunswick as having the second-highest livability score in its study.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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BRUNSWICK –– The largest city in Medina County could grow even larger if potential homebuyers place any stock in a top ranking the city earned on GOBankingRates.com.

The online personal finance and investment resource recently named Brunswick the “Smartest Place to Buy a Home in Ohio.”

And City Manager Carl DeForest is touting the recognition.

“This is reflective of the fact Brunswick is a great community in a fantastic region,” DeForest said Wednesday.

“From the people, city services, the schools, faith-based communities, veterans, local businesses and nonprofit organizations that work together to help our citizens.”

The survey picked a city in every state in the country.

In picking Brunswick, the survey said, “Brunswick offers the second-highest livability score in the study and a median listing price that’s still under $250,000, indicating that (it) is one great place to live that many people could actually afford.”

The report listed a median listing price in Brunswick of $218,000 and a livability score of 85 out of 100.

The livability score is determined by evaluating several categories including housing stock, neighborhoods, transportation, environment, engagement, health and opportunities.

Auditor Mike Kovack said homes in Brunswick are selling for less than the survey’s listed median price.

The average sale price in Brunswick is $180,267, he said.

Kovack said 637 homes sold in Brunswick in 2017.

Jessica Chodaczek from LoFaso Real Estate Services in Brunswick said affordability is probably the number one thing that draws people to Brunswick.

“The taxes are lower in Medina County than in Cuyahoga County,” she said.

“We have a lot of people who started out in Cuyahoga County who want to move out to Medina County for the lower taxes and because housing is so affordable — you can get a lot of house for your money.”

Chodaczek said there are a wide variety of housing options, good lot sizes and new building options in the community.

“Also, just from the community standpoint, there is easy freeway access, it’s a very family-friendly community, it’s a very loving, supporting community, there’s a lot of different events and activities and there’s growth,” she said.

DeForest said people looking for a hometown should give Brunswick a try.

“It’s a great place to live, work, play and go to school,” he said.

“I mean, I’ve been here for quite some time and I really enjoy it and I think others do and others will.”

The report can be found at https://bit.ly/2FJORS9.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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