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Old 01-11-2018, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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If you can tolerate living away from the Coasts, you can actually buy a nice house for $250K. For example, look here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/r...te-left-region

The real question is would you like living in places like Ohio, Iowa, or Arkansas?

Here in Colorado, I've met plenty of people from those places that have moved here, but not one who has moved from here to any of those locations.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:09 AM
 
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If you can tolerate living away from the Coasts, you can actually buy a nice house for $250K. For example, look here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/r...te-left-region

The real question is would you like living in places like Ohio, Iowa, or Arkansas?

Here in Colorado, I've met plenty of people from those places that have moved here, but not one who has moved from here to any of those locations.
You donít have to move that far inland to find a nice house at that price. If anything, $250k gets you a pretty solid/nice home pretty much anywhere in the Interior Northeast as well.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:34 AM
 
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This (mine) was way, WAY lower than $250k....



How much lower? I bought for 1/4 the price 3 years ago. I'm an hour from Atlanta and Macon, 30min from Columbus, Newnan and Lagrange (big cities/small cities). I know some urban people commute longer than that, *I* used to commute longer than that in DC and Atlanta.

This isn't a one-off either, it's the second house I bought for the same price here... this one just had a TON more character.

Should have mentioned, I moved here from Colorado. CO, while nice to visit, was a terrible place to live and it looks like it's gotten worse. I'm a Wyoming native who loves outdoor activities, but oddly I get to do them WAY more often for living in Georgia.

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Old 01-11-2018, 05:36 AM
 
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If you can tolerate living away from the Coasts, you can actually buy a nice house for $250K. For example, look here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/r...te-left-region

The real question is would you like living in places like Ohio, Iowa, or Arkansas?

Here in Colorado, I've met plenty of people from those places that have moved here, but not one who has moved from here to any of those locations.
The answer to many is yes, and to address the Colorado aspect would suspect those that move to Colorado largely do it for the outdoor lifestyle it presents and isn't representative of the general population of the US.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:39 AM
 
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With the exception of DC, you can find a house in a decent neighborhood, in every metro between NJ and South Florida.
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Old 01-11-2018, 06:47 AM
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If you can tolerate living away from the Coasts, you can actually buy a nice house for $250K. For example, look here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/r...te-left-region

The real question is would you like living in places like Ohio, Iowa, or Arkansas?

Here in Colorado, I've met plenty of people from those places that have moved here, but not one who has moved from here to any of those locations.
Not to sound snarky, but of course you don't meet people in Colorado that moved from there to elsewhere. They're not there anymore. Ask around, and you'll eventually run into a guy who knows a guy who did leave for cheaper living.
The number of people moving to places like Arkansas from California and Colorado is staggering. I'm not a fan, but more power to them.
Search these forums and you'll find a lot of these people.
Even 250k is not affordable for most. They often go that high and just struggle to pay for everything. The west in particular is overpriced.
Then there are some of us who never lived near the coasts and just dont understand what the big deal is, or why there is a superiority complex.
I've been to both coasts, all four corners you mighy say. Washington, Florida, Maine, Southern California, but I don't feel any desire to live in any of those places. I certainly dont feel they were any better than many places in the midwest.
250k will just about buy you a McMansion in some pretty cool cities. I'm currently considering a move to a neighborhood with 150k houses which would be a pretty good increase from where I'm at now. Even that seems a bit high to me just for a place to live. It's a really nice place, which will take away the sting maybe.
In reality, day to day life isn't all that different from one place to another. People go to work, send their kids to school, go out to eat no matter where they live. I bet most people in Colorado don't climb up mountains every day or people in southern California go to the beach every week, so really it almost seems like they're paying for the prestige of saying they live in those places.
If you live in a place like the midwest, chances are you'll make the same amount of money and have some left over to travel more to a wider choice of destinations.
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:07 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Brunswick, GA.

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sal...99_rect/14_zm/
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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Philadelphia:

https://www.redfin.com/PA/Philadelph.../home/39297893

Baltimore:
https://www.redfin.com/MD/Baltimore/.../home/11002989

Richmond:

https://www.redfin.com/VA/Richmond/1.../home/55417696


Norfolk:

https://www.redfin.com/VA/Norfolk/42.../home/49214144


You continue down the coast and find prices like this in every city, and most of their suburbs. There will be expensive parts of town and exclusive suburbs, but that doesnít mean the east coast is expensive.
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:52 AM
 
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The median home purchase price in the US is under $200k, and massive housing costs in a few dozen areas probably skew that number up significantly.

It would be far quicker to make a list of places where you can't buy a home for $250k than to make a list of places where you can.
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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250 doesn't get much in Colorado or DC. You can get a decent house in Texas for that, any Texas metro. 250 used to seem like a lot of money. Those were the days.
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