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Old 06-15-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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Once you factor in the property taxes as part of the cost of housing and control for owning the house over a 30 year period, you'll find Des Moines is actually far more expensive. I live near there, and my wife and I considered moving there for a while before I set out on the national search for the best city in America. (Or at least the best one for us!)
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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what is mmj
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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It's an abbreviation for Medical Marijuana
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:23 AM
 
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thanks i really was stuck on that one . we dnt have that in memphis,just alot of creeps on the corner.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:48 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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MMJ = good stuff and tax revenue
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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Ah, Lurtsman, you may have a point. I experienced Des Moines as a renter in Norwalk. It was pretty cheap, as were a lot of homes we looked at buying at that time. I had a price range there of about $120K for the sort of house we wanted (3BR in Norwalk with 2car garage and basement), move to WA and you won't find that house for less than $350K, in VA it'd be about $260 and here my minimum threshold is about $180K for houses I find acceptable. But...I have never bought a home or really done the hard math, so not up to speed on prop. taxes and all. I've just sorta considered it and scoped the market a bit.

And legalizing mmj...or just mj for that matter...a decision so easy, even a stoner could do it. I wish our entire country would just get it over with. We imprison way too many people in the US for this.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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We too cannot wait to get away from Austin area with these long HOT, HUMID summers and lack of rainfall. My wife and I have lived here all of our life (in our 40s), but cannot wait for a change. We are headed up to COS in two weeks for a week to get a feel for the place and look at some apartments. Scary though that the unemployment rate is 9.2% there. I hope we can both find jobs between the end of this year and late spring 2013. Fortunately, our kids are grown and we don't have to worry about schools.
Thomas: We have 6 kids ages 5-15 (today!) and we also are 42 and 52, and have lived here since the 80s, coming from the Beaumont area where it is seriously HUMID! I'd love to know your thoughts when you get back...guessing your are there now.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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I find this comment odd. Austin gets an average of 7.8" inches of preciptation in June, July, and August and gets 33.4" for the year, Colorado Springs manages 8.1" in June, July, and August, but only 15.82" for the whole year. By the way, that 8.1" makes Colorado Springs one of the wettest places in Colorado in June, July, and August precipitation--most Colorado places average 6" or less (often much less) in summer. Hot and humid Colorado Springs is not, but it is also semi-arid.
Jazz, we've been in a drought here for a long time. 2 neighbors had to get their foundations repaired this spring. At $20,000+ that ain't a cheap fix! Yesterday we hit 100 here and it's going to be 100+ for the week. Definitely hot and dry. I think with the snowfall you get the rest of the time that keeps CS greener. We're brown here. Like this week...sure there was rain, but not a drop fell where we are in Taylor (20 miles from Austin city limit).
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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Thats because it doesn't exist. Perhaps in West Virginia or Tennessee, or maybe the UP of Michigan.
Oh, that's so sad.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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TexasPiglets, I'm not sure what price range you are looking in, but there are some homes along Fountain Creek, on the southern edge Colorado Springs near Fort Carson that have a creek and trees. However, it seems like the one that I'm thinking of that had actual water frontage was smaller acreage.

I'm not sure how close you need to be to the Colorado Springs. Yesterday, I did some MLS searches for other people wanting acreage with mountain views, trees and a creek. Florrisant, to the west, has a number of 20 plus acre properties with a creek and trees. The northern part of Colorado Springs up to Denver has numerous places with trees.
You're an agent! aha! That would be why you can find things that I can't. Could you email me some of those listings you found? We were hoping not to spend more than $150,000 for just land, but I'm not sure how reasonable that is for Colorado in general. I have no idea how to PM on here.
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