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Old 02-27-2011, 01:18 PM
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My husband is a newly graduated nurse (male RN) and I am an Art Teacher (8yrs H.S. exp.) moving to Northern Delaware (above Townsend?.) We have three young children and are looking into Northern Delaware simply because of the terrain of the region and low cost of living. Here are our questions:
  1. What can we expect salary wise and job opportunities wise?
  2. What towns are the safest with good schools PLUS culture and diversity near by?
  3. We do not have a large down payment or anything, so our home cost will depend on the answers to the first question, but I suspect that we will be able to afford up to $275K. Is this possible?
  4. I hear nice things about the Brandywine area...how are home prices in that area?
  5. Depending on what a nurse makes, if my husband gets a job, but I don't yet, could we live comfortably in North De on his salary alone?
Any and all suggestions/comments are welcome!
Thank you!
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:47 PM
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You would be looking at Brandywine Hundred.

Brandywine is a river, creek, valley, and battlefield in the regions of DE and PA, and a name on many developments and even towns. You're referring to Brandywine Hundred, which is the equivalent to a township here in DE.

If you searched well, you could find a house in that price range. Brandywine Hundred is not a cheaper area in Delaware.

However, I could imagine your husband making at most 60k if lucky in this area, unless he has a specialty (nurse anaesthetist, etc.) and probably more around 50k. If you legally accredited yourself as a teacher in DE, and got a job, I could see you making possibly low 40s.

Feel free to correct me, but you would probably have to at least work part-time to have anything left at the end of the month. Although property taxes are low in Delaware, I will let you know that not everything is dirt cheap in Delaware - for example, car insurance.

You guys have the advantage of driving down the turnpike to interview, get preliminary salary offers, and to also analyze our real estate market. I recommend you do both those before "jumping in."
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:43 AM
Location: Toms River NJ
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If you are trying to stay more north in your price range, I would suggest the 19808 area.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:42 AM
Location: Newark, Delaware
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My wife just "started" her first full time position as an LPN and she's making a decent salary for a recent grad. I'm sure you'll do better on his RN salary alone for awhile if you're carefull. Check the States employment page, they look for RN's all the time.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:17 PM
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we have done some research in Delaware for my wife's salary so far, we are thinking of relocating from CT. My wife has been an RN for about 22 years, she DOES NOT want to work in a hospital (hasn't for 6 years now) we're looking for an Ambulatory/Surg center, it's Monday-Friday, no call and she can probably start in the mid 50's maybe higher. RN's are always in demand.
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