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Old 10-14-2009, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Well we put an offer on this short sale. It might take forever to buy.

But today my husband was just informed his office is moving to Ballantyne (from airport area).

So now we're rethinking our offer. (We can rescind the offer for no reason based on our contract). We really luv the area we have the offer in. But the house needs a ton of work and it's old, but it's a great deal if it gets accepted by the bank. In South Charlotte we could probably find something new, larger, and move in ready.

So what do you guys do? Should proximity to work be a factor? Things are always changing, moving, etc.
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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if you have to ask on an internet forum I recommend you pull out.
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Well we put an offer on this short sale. It might take forever to buy.

But today my husband was just informed his office is moving to Ballantyne (from airport area).

So now we're rethinking our offer. (We can rescind the offer for no reason based on our contract). We really luv the area we have the offer in. But the house needs a ton of work and it's old, but it's a great deal if it gets accepted by the bank. In South Charlotte we could probably find something new, larger, and move in ready.

So what do you guys do? Should proximity to work be a factor? Things are always changing, moving, etc.

My job is work from home, so for me it doesn't matter. I go in to Uptown once in awhile for meetings.
Commute to work should be an important factor, but the airport area to Ballantyne is really not that far. No reason you can't still go with the house you've fallen in love with in my opinion Congrats on finally finding a house!
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: S. Charlotte
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Based on strange traffic patterns here (and not knowing where your short sale is), I'd say move closer to at least one person's work. We live in S. Charlotte and love it. We moved into a pre-owned house vs new construction (which we've always done for some reason), and we have little/no work to do.

If you have the time, $, energy and really want the short sale, I'd stick with it.

Don't know if schools are a consideration for you, but that in my opinion should be a major factor in picking a house, assuming you go the public school route.
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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A lot of people on this forum disagree with me, but I think proximity to work should be one of lower factors. Your job location is much more likely to change than where you like to live.

Obviously, you don't want to live 100 miles from where your job is but I think the commute from South Charlotte to Ballantyne would be fine. Just my two cents.
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: East Lansing, MI
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Going from the airport area toward Ballantyne in the AM, and from Ballantyne toward the airport in the PM should be against the traffic at both times. I don't see anything wrong with that commute. My wife did it for over a year, Ayrsley to Matthews and return, and never had any issues.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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Work location should be a consideration but you have not told us any details. How much longer will your new commute be? Also you can rescind any real estate offer that has not yet been accepted and communicated to you.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:11 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I am probably the worst person to take advice from, b/c when it comes to a commute - there is "ideal" and then there is "oh well." I always have a pretty fixed idea where I wish to live - as that is the top criteria to me. I want a certain type of neighborhood - need amenities close by. And ideally, work would be less than a 30 minute commute.

However, hubby and I have commuted closer to an hour with other jobs/locations, and the big issue was - LIVING where we wished to live.

Having said that, I would definitely not want to live in Mooresville and drive to Ballantyne every day, but anything short of that probably would not upset me.

Heck, I have had friends who 1. drove from Mountain City, TN to Lenoir, NC every day (for over 20 years!!!) to work and 2. another friend who drove from north of Taylorsville to Gastonia every day for work. You do what you have to do - if you love where you live (both these guys had farms).

So I would say the most important thing is that you are really in love with the area where you live. However, I would caution that someday, gas prices will go up again . . . so I would keep it under an hour's commute . . . and ideally, 30 mins or less. It could be a very expensive commute in a few years, otherwise. :-)
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Yea I think we'll stick to where we are. It's not that much longer anyway.
The home is not too far from Southpark (off selwyn).
We have just been spoiled with a < 5 minute commute from our apartment to everywhere lol.

The only commute that really increases in my husband's job. Everything else is still close. Plus Ballantyne isn't that far from us and it's going opposite traffic.
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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Going from the airport area toward Ballantyne in the AM, and from Ballantyne toward the airport in the PM should be against the traffic at both times. I don't see anything wrong with that commute. My wife did it for over a year, Ayrsley to Matthews and return, and never had any issues.
We spent our first few months here in Ballantyne, and it was less than 30 minutes to and from the airport.
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