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Old 03-25-2013, 07:09 PM
 
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Hello,

We are wanting to make the move from Kansas to Allen/McKinney,Texas and were looking for advice. We have never moved out of state. It would be the two of us and our 6 year old daughter. So we need advice on schools, jobs and housing information. We aren't sure if we should start in an apartment then move into a home? I will most likely already have a job which pays between $30-$35k a year and my boyfriend will be looking for a job in his career field which is criminal justice. Any advice on helping him find a job? Any advice in general would be very helpful.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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What part of Kansas are your coming from?
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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Manhattan
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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The two cities you have zeroed in on are great, but they are also in the far NE corner of the metroplex and one of the teo highways leading out of McKinney is an expensive toll road. The DFW area is HUGE, and our commute times can be very lengthy. By living in the NE corner, and especially since he works in criminal justice, you will really be limiting yourselves. A better move would be for you both to find jobs, then decide where to live. Unfortunately, your income alone will not be sufficient to support you both in DFW.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:06 PM
 
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We aren't opposed to living in a different town. We just want to live in a great neighborhood and be in an area with a good school for our daughter. And yes, he will have to have a job before we move, we for sure cant make it on just my income. Any advice on a good place to live or even job hunting tips?
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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There are many good places to live literally all over the metroplex. Honestly. That's why we say to find the job first, and then decide where to live.

Www.workintexas.com will have many leads. Also, look at the "consolidator" job boards, such as Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com. LinkedIn can also be an excellent place to search for jobs.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:12 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the advice!
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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Find the job first. Then zero in on a place to live. This area is just too huge to zero in on a place to live, especially one so far out like you are eyeing, and the job ends up being the furthest point possible and it is a 1 1/2 hour commute each way.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:43 PM
 
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any advice on the best way to job hunt? like I said, we have both been in Kansas our whole lives so not really sure how to go about all of this Thanks
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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What exactly does your boyfriend do? Criminal justice is a bit vague.

McKinney could be a good choice for you, as it is the county seat for Collin county, so the main courthouse is here, as is the county jail, so he might have an easier time finding a job here than in other suburbs.

$35k a year could actually get you a house in McKinney, albeit a smaller, older one. I have a friend who has a 2/1 home built in the 50's who makes about that much. If your boyfriend's income is the same as yours, you could do pretty well on $70k a year, there are plenty of homes in the $150-$225k range you would probably qualify for.

Good luck with the job search.
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