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Old 01-17-2011, 05:21 PM
 
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Default Make me move to Arizona

I did a Google search for best town to raise a family in Arizona and a thread from this site was the first to pop up. Reading through some recent posts has lead me to look at the Gilbert area of Arizona. We love the looks of the homes and many are in our price range. Here is some family history

Married, both 33
One son 13 and 3 boxers

My wife injured her back 4 years ago and after workmans comp settlement and rehabilitation, we believe we would benefit from a more stable climate. (pressure changes in the Northeast hurt my wife's back and no winter layoffs would allow me to work year round)

Few questions:

1) How is the job market. I work landscape construction and would be looking to fall on that until my wife and I are able to move ahead with our additional plans.

2) Cost of living. I don't know much about the area. I can tell you that the houses that we are looking at in the 100k to 200k range would go for 250k to 350k in New England.

Thanks for your help and feel free to pm us with any ideas or advice
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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You are aware of the temperatures in the valley in the summer I will assume.
Also, much landscape construction in the valley is done by illegals working cheap for the contractor. Just so you are aware.
3 of my 4 kids were involved in real estate (financing and the building industry) in the valley prior to the crash so I am fully aware of what goes on there.
Not trying to discourage you, just giving you some facts.
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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What do you mean about the valley crash. I am assuming you mean home values. I kinda figured the workforce would be done by illegals, just was keeping my finger crossed for a glimmer of hope. It looks like a nice place to live.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Yes the real estate crash which of course affected the whole country but the Phoenix metro area was hit very hard.
And when something like that happens it's just not the real estate businesses that are hurt as there are a lot of spin off type businesses that depended on the people that worked in RE.
Good luck on your choices. I see many people relocating in the past couple of years.
I do hope that you find greener pastures than what you have now.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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Gilbert is very religious and conservative. If you don't fit that description, then you will not be happy there. If you do, then you may love it.
It's a bad time to be in the Phoenix area with your experience in anything related to the housing industry. The economy and job market tanked with the housing prices, as a lot of it was based on them.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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I would use the "Search" feature at the top of the page as there are many threads already that talk about Gilbert... and tons and tons that talk about Phoenix metro. Also, this thread should be in the Phoenix forum.... you'd get more and better responses....
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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Originally Posted by mandies8 View Post
I did a Google search for best town to raise a family in Arizona and a thread from this site was the first to pop up. Reading through some recent posts has lead me to look at the Gilbert area of Arizona. We love the looks of the homes and many are in our price range. Here is some family history

Married, both 33
One son 13 and 3 boxers

My wife injured her back 4 years ago and after workmans comp settlement and rehabilitation, we believe we would benefit from a more stable climate. (pressure changes in the Northeast hurt my wife's back and no winter layoffs would allow me to work year round)

Few questions:

1) How is the job market. I work landscape construction and would be looking to fall on that until my wife and I are able to move ahead with our additional plans.

2) Cost of living. I don't know much about the area. I can tell you that the houses that we are looking at in the 100k to 200k range would go for 250k to 350k in New England.

Thanks for your help and feel free to pm us with any ideas or advice
you might want to check out another state but if you chose arizona check out phoenix but not yuma -

"The devastation in some regions will never be repaired. Parts of Oregon, Georgia and Arizona have become progressively more deserted. Since jobless rates may never recover, there is little reason to hope that the populations in these areas will ever rebound. Some homes will be torn down in these pockets of high foreclosures in the hopes that reducing supplies will boost prices. Whether that idea will work in hard-hit areas such as Flint, Mich., and Yuma, Ariz., remains to be seen"
the-eight-states-running-out-of-homebuyers: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:35 AM
 
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The OP is looking at Gilbert and not Yuma.
I think the article is misleading. Arizona is not at all "running out of homebuyers." In fact, there are many, many, many homebuyers in Arizona... just not as many as 2004-2006.

I'm not sure what the situation is in Yuma, but it's more-or-less a military town, and a lot of the local economy is tied to that. If they grossly overbuilt, perhaps "reducing supplies" is a good idea. However, Yuma is a very small corner of Arizona, and what happens there reflects very, very little on the rest of the state....
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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well decent jobs are very few...I have been here 20yrs now there is nothing other than cheap housing because of bad economy here...also criime rate is rising......schools suck put mine in private schools....
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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Gilbert is very religious and conservative. If you don't fit that description, then you will not be happy there. If you do, then you may love it.
It's a bad time to be in the Phoenix area with your experience in anything related to the housing industry. The economy and job market tanked with the housing prices, as a lot of it was based on them.
That is a matter of opinion. Calling the general political climate there conservative would be accurate, but whether that affects one's daily life there is another matter. If you like having political discussions with your neighbors, then it might matter. If you don't, the politics of your neighbors don't matter much.

As far as "very religious", similar discussion. There are MANY threads here about Gilbert in which this issue has been raised. Many posters, who do live there, say that the religion of their neighbors, if it differs from theirs, is a nonissue, because there's no pressure from the neighbors to join their faith. Many folks who live in Gilbert who are not LDS have said here that having LDS neighbors simply means they have neighbors who are friendly, take good care of their property, have well- behaved children, and are just generally good citizens. Religion does not have to be an issue.
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