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Old 08-11-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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There is a lot to be said for raising your kids around your friends. I'm sure you've considered the advantages to your children growing up surrounded by people who love them.

Just a thought, but winter rentals in beach owns can often be negotiated for fairly low rent starting in October. Alas, you have to move out by May, but that could give you enough time to get situated.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:57 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Thanks for all the wonderful advice. My best friend relocated from NYC where we had both lived for many years (her main home was the Jersey shore) & she loves Wilmington, and has offered to let us stay in her "frog room" until we find our new place. Would definately rent for a few years, hopefully with First Right of Refusal to buy should we decide.

I always dreamed of having a "house husband" as I am a workaholic, the one that likes to run out the door in the morning, and that is something maybe we can discuss. We just listed our home in San Francisco for sell, so hope to get out from under the two huge mortgages, and start a new life in a smaller town.

Just typed up my resume, doesn't look too bad, starting to apply for jobs. We are 50's so want to be near where we will retire, and near my old friends. Almost all my friends are in various small towns in North Carolina now, and even my relatives are retiring NC too. Interesting the suggestion of Greenville, SC, as we visited there for a week too, since my cousin had job there for a while, and I liked everything except the massive amount of cigarette marketing in that area.

Last trip we crossed the bridge over to Leland where some friends had bought nice homes in planned developments. I loved the azalea festival there, and have hundreds of photos of my daughter photographed with southern belles. Could not believe the beauty of some of the outer banks homes. The humidilty and bugs I worry about some, since that is not an issue here where we live on pacific ocean.

I'm thinking maybe my husband could be editor or proofreader for medical or pharmaceutical company, work remotely perhaps, and get some use out of that PhD. After 20 years in bay area, I am tired, want a small town and my own garden now. Right now I have to make do with a few potted plants on a shaded "terrace", one of those 4' x 10' balconies typical of apartments, better than nothing though. I also really liked Cary, Raleigh, Chapel Hill area when visited area, but did not like Ashville (felt economically depressed) or Charlotte, NC, not sure but was not my style. Lots to think about.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Someone please help me. I'm moving to NC from Hawaii thinking it's a Red State? Anti-government Tea Party, etc.?
WRONG!! Hawaii is known as a Blue state, a Democratic, socialistic, Obama producing state.
The sales tax is 6% in NC versus 4% in Hawaii.
The income tax is the same.
The property tax is five times higher in North Carolina ! I bought two townhomes last year, one for $120,000 and one for $130,000. The Durham tax office just assessed them at $145,000 and $172,000! Man, if I could sell them for that I'd turn around and do it! The property tax on the larger one is the same as what I paid for my $1.2 million home in Hawaii!!!

Yes, property is cheaper to buy in North Carolina, and gas is a little less. But I'm finding Hawaii, other than property prices, is actually a cheaper place to live than North Carolina!
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:00 AM
 
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someone please help me. I'm moving to nc from hawaii thinking it's a red state? Anti-government tea party, etc.?
Wrong!! Hawaii is known as a blue state, a democratic, socialistic, obama producing state.
The sales tax is 6% in nc versus 4% in hawaii.
The income tax is the same.
The property tax is five times higher in north carolina ! I bought two townhomes last year, one for $120,000 and one for $130,000. The durham tax office just assessed them at $145,000 and $172,000! Man, if i could sell them for that i'd turn around and do it! The property tax on the larger one is the same as what i paid for my $1.2 million home in hawaii!!!

Yes, property is cheaper to buy in north carolina, and gas is a little less. But i'm finding hawaii, other than property prices, is actually a cheaper place to live than north carolina!

wow!!!
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:10 AM
 
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If someone is looking for a job in a specific area and they don't live in that area. . . just get a cell phone with that area's local number.

Personally, I would never move without a job unless I was very young and determined and didn't have a family.

But this cell phone trick worked for us about 13 yrs. ago when we were trying to get a job in Nevada, but lived in CA.

Alley
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:40 AM
 
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I'm thinking maybe my husband could be editor or proofreader for medical or pharmaceutical company, work remotely perhaps, and get some use out of that PhD. After 20 years in bay area, I am tired, want a small town and my own garden now. Right now I have to make do with a few potted plants on a shaded "terrace", one of those 4' x 10' balconies typical of apartments, better than nothing though. I also really liked Cary, Raleigh, Chapel Hill area when visited area, but did not like Ashville (felt economically depressed) or Charlotte, NC, not sure but was not my style. Lots to think about.
Raleigh, or more accurately, the Triangle would be a much easier place to find this type of work. However I've been in the industry for a while and most microbiologists in biotech/pharma are employed in Quality Control roles, ensuring the sterility of drug manufacturing equipment. (jobs that pretty much a B.S. could do) Environmental science might have better opportunities, but I'm less familiar with them. RTP also has three major universities if your husband wants to go the academic route, but grant writing isn't for everyone!! Good luck!
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:44 AM
 
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Raleigh, or more accurately, the Triangle would be a much easier place to find this type of work. However I've been in the industry for a while and most microbiologists in biotech/pharma are employed in Quality Control roles, ensuring the sterility of drug manufacturing equipment. (jobs that pretty much a B.S. could do) Environmental science might have better opportunities, but I'm less familiar with them. RTP also has three major universities if your husband wants to go the academic route, but grant writing isn't for everyone!! Good luck!
PPD, pharmaceutical company, is one of the alrgest employers in Wilmington and headquareterd there. There also may be more pharma jobs in the RTP, but ther emay be more competition for those jobs versus Wilmington. Pharmaceutical Product Development - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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We are a family of 4 living in tiny 2 room apartment in SF Bay area, 3rd floor walk-up, and we have also been thinking of moving to Wilmington for quite some time where many of our friends have moved. We own a home in San Francisco, but can't afford to live in it, so have it rented out to tenants.

We have visited Wilmington a few times, and kids loved the ferry boats, beaches, victorian architecture, etc. I was amazed at the cheap housing.

Rents for homes near where we live start at $3000/mo and that is my husbands entire paycheck, so option of a house with yard impossible dream here where we live. Our current rent for our tiny 1BR with outside storage unit is $2000/mo.

I am a bit concerned about finding a job. I worked 10 years telecom (Verizon), and lots of other odd jobs like commerical real estate appraiser, elder caregiver, kindergarten teacher, art teacher, and cashier. Husband is microbiologist. We are thinking of making the move next summer. I have been in SF bay area 20 years, and it has changed so much. All recreation facilities get razed to build new housing, and traffic is impossible now from 3pm-7pm, much like NYC. Everything seems to be getting seedier, less kid-friendly too. After school care is $30/hour ($15 each kid). Schools get out at 1pm around here, and the tax money that was slated for our schools were gambled away in stock market so now parent participation is required, and many fundraising events to keep any programs going like science and art. Our schools around here have no daily PE class, no foreign languages, no music programs, etc. It is pretty much minimum math and reading education.

Would Wilmington better for our kids? Greatschools.com has high scores in the neighborhoods where our friends live. Our kids have traveled a lot, and keep begging us to move there, or Virginia Beach where two of their best friends just moved last year and they really miss. Moving is hard, but worry raising kids in a tiny apartment all the way through high school will be rough. We have almost no privacy, and kids are boy and girl in a bunk bed, and husband and I live in living room - bed instead of sofas, etc. and there is no dining area, just eat in kitchen. Rents are going up everywhere around us, and no option to move to new home in SF bay area with our level of income. We are hoping to find jobs in Wilmington.


Wilmington is a tough place to get by. It isn't a place to live if you want high salary + low cost of living.

Having said that, San Francisco is pure insanity in that department, and Wilmington should be better.

Wilmington's cost vs. salary is worse than normal, but that's not what's truly difficult about the area. What's difficult about Wilmington is finding a job -- ANY job -- that pays more than about $30k / year. Compared to Raleigh or Charlotte there isn't much here in the way of employment.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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You see, that is kind of the problem. They make a decision on their own, without considering the environment they are moving too, and then it can (not always but can) turn into a disaster.

There have been many, many threads on the NC forum about moved here and where are the jobs.

Good luck to both you and your husband.
Thanks! We've been here since August of 13 and had NO problem finding a job, housing etc. I will forever be an optimist.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Thanks! We've been here since August of 13 and had NO problem finding a job, housing etc. I will forever be an optimist.
Great. Congratulations on finding jobs. I hope you will share your hints with future wannabe Wilmington residents.
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