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Old 01-16-2015, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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The more nice months out of 12, the better. Both FL and AZ come with their cons but they beat Chicago weather IMO. Can I get any witnesses for the last winter we had here?
I'm over 50 and at least for now, I still vote for a Chicago winter over a FL or AZ summer. My parents go to Phoenix for the winter and I visited once in early March. It was already 80 at least 1 day I was there (too soon for me, I prefer 70's.) It was flat and brown for long stretches between gated communities. Yuck. I'm a water person, but I couldn't deal with 6 months of high heat and humidity like in FL. A hot Chicago summer is more than enough for me. I'd like to live somewhere more temperate with fewer extremes than either Chicago or sunbelt.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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My parents go to Phoenix for the winter and I visited once in early March. It was already 80 at least 1 day I was there (too soon for me, I prefer 70's.)
That was a "cool" March then. Average temps in March are about 80-degrees, and it can get dang close to 100 degrees at times. Its rare, but it can happen. We're almost at 80 this weekend, and its mid-January!
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:09 AM
 
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The job market has been stagnant/on the decline in Chicago for a while now in a number of areas, so I don't know that Chicago necessarily offers either better job options or better salaries compared to many other metros. In terms of amenities like high end restaurants, culture, nightlife, Chicago does do well there, but once you're 30-50 years old with kids living in the suburbs, how often do you take advantage of those amenities? Maybe once or twice a year? Most people are getting in and out of the city as quickly as possible and spending their evenings and weekends out in the burbs. I think people tell themselves that the amenities and jobs are part of why they're staying when in reality similar jobs are elsewhere and they don't actually take advantage of the amenities.
I discovered your problem. See the bolded part.

BTW, my RE taxes are about 1.4% of my homes value, but I have a SFH in Chicago.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:51 AM
 
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BTW, my RE taxes are about 1.4% of my homes value, but I have a SFH in Chicago.
If you get all of your kids in to good CPS selective-enrollment schools, you win the Illinois property tax cost/benefit ratio.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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That was a "cool" March then. Average temps in March are about 80-degrees, and it can get dang close to 100 degrees at times. Its rare, but it can happen. We're almost at 80 this weekend, and its mid-January!
I can't handle those temps!
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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I'd like to live somewhere more temperate with fewer extremes than either Chicago or sunbelt.
There you go. That's the answer. Now where would that place be?
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:23 PM
 
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There you go. That's the answer. Now where would that place be?
San Francisco, D.C., Coastal Maryland, Virginia, or North Carolina...

Denver and Salt Lake City fit that bill too.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:24 PM
 
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$6000 in additional property taxes per year is $500 per month, and that doesn't include the higher home prices.


Sorry just re read your whole post here is my math going of of yours 500 a month "savings"- 110 association - 95 pool-70 landscaping leaves you with 225, for a grand total of $2700 a year in savings.... my kids and I having a decent quality life (like going outside in the summer) as the commercial say priceless .
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:26 PM
 
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The more nice months out of 12, the better. Both FL and AZ come with their cons but they beat Chicago weather IMO. Can I get any witnesses for the last winter we had here?
Totally agree the last winter we had in Chicago was ridiculous!!
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:43 PM
 
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Sorry just re read your whole post here is my math going of of yours 500 a month "savings"- 110 association - 95 pool-70 landscaping leaves you with 225, for a grand total of $2700 a year in savings.... my kids and I having a decent quality life (like going outside in the summer) as the commercial say priceless .
Again, your math doesn't make any sense. You don't have to live in a gated community or have your own personal pool. You are listing costs that are for extra fancy amenities that you can choose to have, or choose not to have wherever you live. Everyone has to pay property taxes. And your house in Chicago is more expensive, so the mortgage payment is also higher, and is more likely an older home that needs more maintenance.

And summers are for swimming- often too cold to do that in Chicago. And the winters here don't allow much of anything.
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