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Old 08-07-2012, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Mokena, Illinois
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I've been researching the east coast. I do like the east coast. The only problem is that it is very expensive. I cannot find many affordable places in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, or Maryland. Does anyone know of any places that are affordable where one could secure a decent paying job nearby?
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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So you like the northeast, not the southeast coastal states such as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, or Virginia?

Affordable places are determined by your salary, so I recommend securing a job first. Are you renting or buying?
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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The Philadelphia area is the most affordable you're going to get in the Northeast while still being close to everything.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I've been researching the east coast. I do like the east coast. The only problem is that it is very expensive. I cannot find many affordable places in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, or Maryland. Does anyone know of any places that are affordable where one could secure a decent paying job nearby?
Wow, and I would think places like Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are some of the least expensive places to live in the country.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Wow, and I would think places like Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are some of the least expensive places to live in the country.
No, quite the opposite. They are some of the most expensive places to live in the country.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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No, quite the opposite. They are some of the most expensive places to live in the country.
It's a matter of perspective. I live in New Jersey. Those places are CHEAP!

The problem is getting a job there.

Edit: I just did a quick lookup on Portland, Maine, which I've been to a number of times. A 2 bedroom condo the same approximate square footage as mine (942) runs $115K - $125K. I paid $180K for mine two years ago. And Portland is the largest city in the state! I'm 45 miles from my job because I couldn't afford anything that's closer to Manhattan. I bet they don't pay $4,000 in taxes on those condos, either.

As I said, it's all perspective.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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In Upstate NY, perhaps Ithaca or Glens Falls may work. Other places may work there depending on the type of work you are looking for and your skills/education. Western Massachusetts may work as well.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Purgatory
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Wow, and I would think places like Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are some of the least expensive places to live in the country.
Deceptive. Property Tax in NH is very high.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:33 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Affordable places are determined by your salary, so I recommend securing a job first.
This. The cheapest real estate in New England is in central & northern Maine, and far northern New Hampshire, but those low prices will mean nothing if you don't have a job that pays well. I'm less familiar with Maryland.

What do you do for work?

What is it about New England and Maryland that appeal to you specifically? There's quite a difference between, say, northern Maine and the suburbs of Washington DC.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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Also, if you want the Northeast specifically, you pretty much have to think inland away from the Bos-Wash corridor a little bit more in terms of wanting something affordable.
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