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View Poll Results: If you had the chance to own a house, all cost and tax issues aside, would you?
Yes, I want to own a house 15 68.18%
No, I do not want to own a house 7 31.82%
Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-02-2011, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by BigCityDreamer View Post
It's tough to own a house in the city. A "standard" 2000 sq. foot house in the desirable parts of NYC is very expensive. Unless you can pay close to $1 million, it's not likely to happen. That's the case even in NJ right across the Hudson. Plus, schools are often not that good in the less expensive neighborhoods.
It depends on the city too. You can get a decent sized home in many medium to smaller cities for around 100k, with a decent yard or big park close by. Many families either deal with or get into good academic programs in the urban district or go private or charter. So, it can be done within many cities too.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:34 AM
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Yes, and if I had a stable job with a decent pay and if the cost of living were lower, I would have bought one already.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:53 AM
Location: Denver
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Yes, but in the city. Should have phrased it better.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:02 PM
Location: roaming gnome
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Originally Posted by musicislife.glee View Post
I realize that.
I should have been clearer. I meant the traditional idea of owning a house, most likely in the suburbs for most people. Kind of like the "American Dream".
Does not interest me at all. I'm fine with my 1br. I would actually prefer a studio so I can open the entire place up when I need be, I will be looking next summer probably. I don't like being cooped up or spending time in my place that much anyway, makes me stir crazy. Having a bigger place would only make it more so, cause me to buy more furniture, and other stuff I don't need. I also move around a lot, and plan on continuing it and exploring the world. I even move w/in the city to check out diff neighborhoods. Not that I'm not happy with whatever past places I had, I just like trying new things, moving into a new apartment is a very refreshing feeling. There is a large turn with the 20-40 population now vs the baby boomers... I don't think a lot of us really buy into that whole american dream thing. Some do of course, but there has been a move back into the cities for about the last 15-20 years now as gentrification has occured, white flight has stifled, and crime has gone down in the inner cities. Living in the city is also much greener and less wasteful than suburban development, which has pushed a lot of people into the city from those demographics also in order to be more efficient. The neighborhoods of Chicago today are not the same places from the 60s/70s/80s.

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Old 12-02-2011, 03:09 PM
Location: Under a bridge
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I am going to wait to buy a house until I move out of Southern California to another state. I own 2- 2.5 acre lots near me but at this juncture I'm not sure if I'll build my home on one of them.

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