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Old 12-04-2014, 03:58 PM
 
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I have about quarter million dollars in savings, I think I should be fine with the risk.
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:02 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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I have about quarter million dollars in savings, I think I should be fine with the risk.
I would say it's a no-brainer, then.

The area of town you want to be in is perfect for what you do, and quite beautiful. Welcome!
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:30 PM
 
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I have about quarter million dollars in savings, I think I should be fine with the risk.
Well, you are in a heck of a lot better financial shape to take such a major risk than most people who try and move here with or without a job whom usually don't have even a fraction of the savings that you have.

I'm still not very strong on people moving here without a job lined up unless they are independently wealthy as the Atlanta economy and job market, while slowly and steadily improving, is still somewhat soft across many sectors and you stated that you had not had much luck finding employment in Georgia so far.

Another thing to be aware of is that while the Atlanta market may be relatively substantially cheaper than most East Coast and West Coast markets, Atlanta is nowhere near as dirt cheap as many seem to think it is.

Moving to a new (and strange) city without well-paying employment lined up is still a significant risk even with a quarter million in savings.

While I strongly advise against moving here without a well-paying job lined up, at least you have enough of a financial cushion to take such a significant risk and make no mistake that it is a big risk as even with your substantial experience qualifications it is no guarantee that you will easily land a well-paying job after you move to Atlanta.

In any case, good luck with with your job search and your planned move to Atlanta.
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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I have about quarter million dollars in savings, I think I should be fine with the risk.
And earning putrid interest? Better get a financial planner.
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:26 PM
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And earning putrid interest? Better get a financial planner.
And you know any of this how, exactly? What an absolutely rude assumption, but so typical of you.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:08 PM
 
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I have about quarter million dollars in savings, I think I should be fine with the risk.
So what was the point of your original post? If it was just to let a bunch of strangers know you're a software engineer with $250K in savings, thinking they'd be impressed, then you're a perfect fit for Johns Creek!

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Old 12-04-2014, 11:00 PM
 
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the thing is I don't think people elsewhere in the country even realize what the situation is in places like Los Angeles. Here, virtually nobody who isn't stinking rich can even dream of owning anything bigger than a micro shack. 800 sqft micro shacks are selling for half million dollars... while the prevailing salaries in my profession are almost the same as in ATL. So, yes, LA has great weather and some other great things but that is like saying ok, this Toyota Corolla has some nice leather so pay $300,000 for it LMAO! You see how asinine it has become?

Now some people say fine I will pay $300,000 for the Toyota Corolla with leather but of course for some of us more rational it's time to move on to places that have some semblance of logic left in terms of home valuations with relation to income levels

Rather than take on debt at 10 times income like a huge number of people in LA are doing I would rather just spend the traditional 3 times income in another place. There was a recent documentary on people in Southern California trying to outbid investors and then making comments like "Oh! I got the house after outbidding the investor but now I have to eat Ramen noodles for the next 10 years" WTF? People here have just become insane I think. But that is how it is. Maybe it's mad cow disease from the UK I don't quite know what it is...
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:05 AM
 
Location: O4W
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the thing is I don't think people elsewhere in the country even realize what the situation is in places like Los Angeles. Here, virtually nobody who isn't stinking rich can even dream of owning anything bigger than a micro shack. 800 sqft micro shacks are selling for half million dollars... while the prevailing salaries in my profession are almost the same as in ATL. So, yes, LA has great weather and some other great things but that is like saying ok, this Toyota Corolla has some nice leather so pay $300,000 for it LMAO! You see how asinine it has become?

Now some people say fine I will pay $300,000 for the Toyota Corolla with leather but of course for some of us more rational it's time to move on to places that have some semblance of logic left in terms of home valuations with relation to income levels

Rather than take on debt at 10 times income like a huge number of people in LA are doing I would rather just spend the traditional 3 times income in another place. There was a recent documentary on people in Southern California trying to outbid investors and then making comments like "Oh! I got the house after outbidding the investor but now I have to eat Ramen noodles for the next 10 years" WTF? People here have just become insane I think. But that is how it is. Maybe it's mad cow disease from the UK I don't quite know what it is...
We don't have those problems here. The biggest issue we have is if we feel like moving! Lol
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:10 AM
 
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With that amount of money in savings, I say go to Atlanta and get a place with a month to month lease that isn't too expensive. if you don't find a job within a few months then leave.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:29 AM
 
Location: East side - Metro ATL
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I'm interested in moving out there sometime in April and will be trying for a job but it's a bit tough to do remote interviews. If I cannot manage to get a contract I was thinking I would just move anyway and find work after I get there.

I'm a Sr. Software Engineer with 15 years experience, specializing in Enterprise Java, currently employed full time - there seem to be tons of jobs in the ATL area so at least for now it's looking pretty optimistic for moving there first and finding work.

There is also a certain urgency to make the move now - I want to buy a home in ATL before prices escalate even more and interest rates are still super low. I'm particularly interested in Johns Creek area and I have heard prices are shooting up there which is making me a bit nervous.

I have good savings to tide me over for the interim... thoughts?
I think you should just take the leap. I quit my job of 7 years during the height of the recession without another job lined up and was able to find employment within one month. I also work in the IT industry and the IT industry in Atlanta is very strong. I still get calls from companies daily looking to fill IT positions.

IT and the Medical Industries are the strongest in Atlanta right now, so I say go for it!
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