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Old 09-14-2013, 07:45 AM
 
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Hello all,
I was drawn to these forums because of the wealth of information and great community they seem to generate. I am looking to move to the Wilmington area in about 6 months or so with my wife and 3 kids ages 5,3, and 2. We are a low to medium income family at the moment (my wife runs a home daycare and I am a certified welder and industrial radiologist) so I understand looking to move to an area such as Wilmington may come with its own set of complications. Though I am currently in the AS level of attemptint to obtain my MBA for better future prospects.

Personally I do not care if I have to work 2 jobs doing whatever necessary just to make due as long as my children get a better opportunity at life in general. With that said could anyone give me some suggestions on where to look for decent neighborhoods (non-ghetto) with a good school district. We really don't care about having a lot of yard as long as we're close to parks and/or beaches. We are looking to rent for at least a year since most banks require one year employment before financing. We are looking to rent something 3 bdrm preferable due to the large family (and might start a daycare there as well) and we will have some money (20k-30k) to start with, but look for rent between $500-$750/month.

I know things will be a struggle for us to begin with but we are also struggling in our current town that has no jobs and a higher than comparable cost of living (and astronomical violent crime rate) so I would much rather struggle somewhere I know our children are better off. Any help or suggestions regarding potential jobs, places to look with nice neighborhoods and good schools at affordable cost. Any information would be well appreciated; thank you in advance.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:55 AM
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1. I would suggest getting a higher welding cert than an MBA. MBA's are pretty much a dime a dozen. With the Golden age of M&A pretty much over, I think they are way over rated. Welding can't be outsourced!

2. Many coastal areas have no middle class. They have the have's and the have nots. I was pretty much, at the time, a "have" but I left an island home because it was quite clear to me that the coastal area tended to bore children (you can only go to the beach so many times without trying some not so cool stuff) and that, mixed the number of folks down for a week, was not a good recipe for successful child rearing.

3. A much higher quality of life can be found in one of the smaller towns within 30 - 45 minutes of NC's larger PIEDMONT cities, IMHO.

I am sure many will disagree with me, but what I have told you is based on my experience. I have three masters degrees, one of them being an MBA.
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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Well being at the associates level I can alwayse switch degrees to something like engineering. The post is a little disheartening but I'm keeping my eyes on the prize. I have a few long time friends in Wilmington and would like to be close to them.
I have also looked at areas such as Leland or greensburg (think that's correct). But I have not been able to find much info on schools or rental costs yet. Thank you for your reply and its great to have some first hand accounts to base off of. Any other suggestions will be helpful as well.
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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But I have not been able to find much info on schools or rental costs yet.
Unfortunately your budget of $500-750 will get you a mobile home or a townhome in the coastal areas I am familiar with. (Try Realtor.com and look at Holly Ridge and surrounding areas. There's probably nothing decent in Wilmington itself in that range.) They won't be ghetto neighborhoods, but they will be low-income folks, such as young enlisted men. Schools in the coastal areas are at least average, but the are safe. Sneads Ferry, Holly Ridge or Hubert will put you close to the beach and a few county parks.

Please also investigate the licensing requirements for home daycare. I doubt that a home in that rent range would support a licensed business, though your wife could undoubtedly find clients without the license.

Regarding welding jobs- I know they are available. However, if you are working on military contracts, you will have to be drug-free and able to pass security clearances. I agree the MBA won't help much. I think it might be more useful to have a bachelor's in engineering. For example, one job in Jacksonville, NC was at Stanadyne where they were looking for a welding engineer with a bachelor's.

Good luck with your search.

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Old 09-14-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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Thank you for the reply. I never really thought about military contracting since I didn't see anything on job search engines. I'm not too familiar with it but I'm guessing I would need my own equipment? I don't do any drugs but not sure what I need for security clearance ( criminal background etc...) but if its just a background check ill be good there.
Thank you for the insight and I can start looking in those areas. I am definately getting my bachelors and weld engineering sounds good due to my 15 years practical experiance. Possibly may even go to masters level. Keep the suggestions coming they have been very helpful
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:05 AM
 
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1. I would suggest getting a higher welding cert than an MBA. MBA's are pretty much a dime a dozen. With the Golden age of M&A pretty much over, I think they are way over rated. Welding can't be outsourced!

2. Many coastal areas have no middle class. They have the have's and the have nots. I was pretty much, at the time, a "have" but I left an island home because it was quite clear to me that the coastal area tended to bore children (you can only go to the beach so many times without trying some not so cool stuff) and that, mixed the number of folks down for a week, was not a good recipe for successful child rearing.

3. A much higher quality of life can be found in one of the smaller towns within 30 - 45 minutes of NC's larger PIEDMONT cities, IMHO.

I am sure many will disagree with me, but what I have told you is based on my experience. I have three masters degrees, one of them being an MBA.
+1000 for those looking for work and better QOL in NC area. Wilmington is a beach town composed of two groups of people: affluent people who earned their wealth elsewhere but wanted to have a life at the beach and low level service workers who wait tables for the first group of people.

Raleigh or Charlotte would serve a person better IMHO
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