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Old 09-17-2007, 11:16 AM
 
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Default Moving to California from Europe!!

HI all, I am planning to move to USA with my fiancee. My fiancee is american and lives in illinois, however we are planning to move to california. After some research it turned out that California is on our top list. HOwever we would like some help. I am 28, and in europe i am in property development. I was in retailing too, but not anymore.
My girlfriend is a web designer and she is into building and maintaining website. What we ar looking for is a place where we can have a good social life, have good jobs and eventually start a family...any help?
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:12 PM
 
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California is a very large and varied state...

Most of the Europeans I know really like San Francisco in the North and places like Newport Beach / Santa Barbara in the south... these areas are expensive by American Standards, but not so expensive by European Standards... especially combined with the strong Euro... About $1.40 US to buy one Euro last I checked.

Property Development is taking a beating right now and I know of several developments that have been put on hold or cancelled outright... we simply have too much inventory for the present market.
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:52 PM
 
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Somewhat lower costs would involve the Sacramento area. Nice area, especially the eastern suburbs. Good place to get established. Commercial property development continues while housing remains a drag on the economy.
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:45 PM
 
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Try the Central Valley...it's centrally located so you can go to all the fun places like San Francisico, Napa Valley, Tahoe, indian casinos etc...all within 1 hour to 2 hours. There are lots of towns within the Central Valley too, like Lodi, Stockton, Manteca, Tracy, Galt, Linden, Ripon. The housing is fairly affordable right now too. Stockton is number one in foreclosures so you could pick up a pretty good deal on a repo. Good Luck!

Last edited by Sherbear59; 09-19-2007 at 07:48 PM.. Reason: add more info and left off a time frame
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:25 PM
 
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Default thanks!!

hi all, sorry for delay, as i was on the road in italy. All suggestions are noted and truly appreciated. Me and my girlfriend decided to organise a roadtrip to California and check out some places there. Definitly will go to check central valley, as it seems very promising. In addition, if someone is in real estate industry, it would be very interesting to know more on how things are done in this industry in california. I am a property developer in europe, and that is what i will hoping to be doing whilst i am in the states. Appreciate any feedback.
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:35 PM
 
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Are you coming here with work or investment visas? Or are your planning to visit with tourist visas and then forget to go home?

After rereading your post, you probably should marry your girlfriend so you can live and work here legally.
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:37 PM
 
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hi UB50!! I am engaged to my girlfriend from chicago, and are planning to get married in the usa. I will be coming to the states on a fiance visa. We had to decide if we should settle in europe or in the states. We decided to come to the states for a variety of reasons. It was a hard decision to make, because i have an establised business in europe. But this was a case of my heart running miles ahead, and my legs trying to catch up!!
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:08 PM
 
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Someone mentioned the central valley. Unless you like boiling summers and freezing winters, foul air, poverty, and gangs, I wouldn't recommend it. Yes, it is more affordable SURPRISE, SURPRISE!
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