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Old 05-30-2007, 11:22 PM
 
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Finally today I got a job offer in Widefield. I need to be moved and somewhat settled in by July 30. Now I need to decide:
1. Should I rent out my house in Houston, or sell it?
2. Should I buy or lease when I get there?
3. Where is the best value for a 3-2-2 for $150K or less, in a safe neighborhood with a view of the mountains?
4. I'm single, and don't have anyone to help me move. What's the best/cheapest/easiest way to move?
5. How do I keep from feeling like I'm abandoning my 21-year old son who attends college in Austin, since Houston has always been his home?
Thank you for any help/advice/suggestions you can give me.
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Old 05-31-2007, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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Houston-
We moved here 3 years ago so I'll give you my .02. Remember this is only my opinion, so it may not apply.
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1. Should I rent out my house in Houston, or sell it?
I don't like the idea of being a out of state landlord. Sell.

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2. Should I buy or lease when I get there?
Lease. You will be able to get your own feeling about where you want to buy if you live here a while.

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3. Where is the best value for a 3-2-2 for $150K or less, in a safe neighborhood with a view of the mountains?
Refer to #2

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4. I'm single, and don't have anyone to help me move. What's the best/cheapest/easiest way to move?
I don't know your situation(how much stuff you have to move), so i can't tell you what's best. I can tell you what's easiest. Sell everything you have and put essentials in the trunk of your car and drive north.

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5. How do I keep from feeling like I'm abandoning my 21-year old son who attends college in Austin, since Houston has always been his home?
We have grown kids in SoCal and they are doing just great. They fly up a couple times during ski season and we have a good time. We go down to SoCal at least twice a year and visit. No problem for us. We miss each other, no doubt, but have adjusted.

Colorado Springs is not perfect, but is a really great place to live. There is a lot of information on this site about everything, from employment to housing to food.
Good luck with your move.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Bastrop, TX near Austin
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I'm also single (recently divorced) and looking for something in the 150k and under range, moving from Austin to COS next spring. I am planning to sell my house here and get a townhouse there. That's so I can get something in my price range easily and don't have to deal with the upkeep of a yard anymore. I am NOT interested in renting again and having to deal with 2 moves in a row. So I don't know if my plans will work for you also, but I am going to put my house on the market next February. Then when sells, I'll go up to COS for a week or so to find a place and buy. I am already consulting with a realtor. Then I am going to have Allied move all the stuff in my house and will drive my car up myself. That's the plan anyways. I can't really give you any advice about your kid cuz I don't have one, but at 21 he should be able to handle himself. Hell, I moved out from my parents' place in Chicago when I was just a bit over 18. Tell him he can come up and visit any time he wants.
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Old 06-02-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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Default Another two cents worth....

Hi, thought I would chime in with my two cents and your dilemma.
#1. I think it is always good to hold onto real estate, especially if you do not have a lot of equity built up in it. Plus, you can definitely leave a town quicker putting a house up for rent rather than selling it. Get a good property management company to run it for you. You can always sell at a later date if you need the cash. Holds your option open too that if for some, odd, very strange reason COS does not work out for you or the distance from your son is too much Then you can come back without having to do the house hunt thing again.
#2 Lease. We are going to be in the same situation and as much as I would love to buy the sensible side says lease. So important to get a good feel for the area.
#3 Don't know. Leave that one for the locals.
#4 Sell as much as you can, load up small and buy again second hand initially. You can find great, second hand deals in the paper. Lots of military moving out with items to sell. Then, once you settle, replace items with newer ones as required. Been there, done that so many times and we have found, for us, this works great.
#5. Don't say 'abandon', reframe it and say 'opportunity for son'. We have an 18 year old going away next year overseas to live. Scary stuff but Texas and Colorado are not too far apart.

Good Luck with whatever you decide and hope it all works out for you.
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:58 AM
 
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Default Allied estimate?

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I don't know if my plans will work for you also, but I am going to put my house on the market next February. Then when sells, I'll go up to COS for a week or so to find a place and buy. I am already consulting with a realtor. Then I am going to have Allied move all the stuff in my house and will drive my car up myself.
I'm going to COS next week for 3 days to look at houses. How much did Allied quote you to move? Although I like the idea of an easy move, I really can't see myself buying an entire house of furniture again, plus it will be nice to have some familiar furnishings in my new place.

I'm wondering what the cheapest way to move a house full of furniture is. I need to start my job in August, so I don't have the luxury of spending a lot of time to make the move.
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:01 AM
 
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#5. Don't say 'abandon', reframe it and say 'opportunity for son'. We have an 18 year old going away next year overseas to live. Scary stuff but Texas and Colorado are not too far apart.

Good Luck with whatever you decide and hope it all works out for you.
Thank you so much for your sound advice. I especially appreciate #5. I'll keep you posted!
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Bastrop, TX near Austin
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Good luck on your house hunt!
I haven't got a quote from Allied yet. I've used them to move across the country twice now, and they've done a good job before, so I will probably use them again. I'm expecting it to cost about 3 grand. I have about a 1000 square foot house.
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:13 AM
 
Location: TX
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I'm going to COS next week for 3 days to look at houses. How much did Allied quote you to move?
We are moving from COS to The Woodlands in the next 6 to 8 weeks. Wanna trade houses?

We have a 3 BR 2 BA and our moving quotes:

With Packing:
N American - $ 4600 (certain dates only)
United - $4900 (all dates)

Without Packing:
Allied - $3900 (certain dates only)
N American - $3600 (certain dates only)
United - $4000 (all dates)
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