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Old 05-02-2009, 12:51 PM
 
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Help! Couple aged early 50's looking for a better place to live. Currently living near a high crime city and the crime is starting to rise in the suburbs along with extreme traffic congestion. We pay high taxes but our roads are not maintained.i.e. potholes, garbage along the roads, uncut medians. We have been researching the internet and have not settled on any one city. I am a registered nurse with 15 years experience and my husband has experience with renovations and teaching. We would appreciate any suggestions on cities that might meet our criteria.

1. Employment - RN position in a clinic or hospital and desire to return to school to finish education. Area good for real estate investments or training jobs available.

2. Weather - Would like medium to low humidity during the summer, 3-4 months of winter with preferably above zero degree F.

3. Low to moderate violent crime risk. i.e. assaults, drive-by shootings, home invasions, low drug trade,auto thefts, car jackings and muggings.

4. Low to Moderate taxes. Don't mind paying taxes if its reinvested in infrastructure.

5. Decdent to well maintained roads and bridges.

6. Housing - 1 to 5 acres of land with some restrictions.

7. Commute - 15 - 45 minute commute from our jobs.
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Old 05-02-2009, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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How much could you pay for a house?
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:22 PM
 
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Depends,
How much land is with it and the commute time.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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Budget?
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:18 PM
 
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Without a general budget that's just way too vague to really answer - are you talking million dollar homes are a possibility? Or more like 300k?
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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You might want to consider Lubbock, Texas. You should have no problem finding a job as a RN because healthcare is one of our main industries. A new hospital is being built, and there are four universities in town should you choose to go back to school. According to some surveys, Lubbock has the second-best housing market in the nation and is the 11th best place to ride out the recession.
Summers here are fairly dry and pleasant with the average July high being 92. The winters are mild, with the average January low being 25. There are a few mild snowstorms every winter.
Lubbock is a safe city, with virtually all the crime being contained within a couple of neighborhoods.
Texas has no state income tax, but the property taxes are higher than the rest of the nation. Overall taxes tend to be lower than most other places.
Roads are well-maintained. There are brick roads still in use that were laid in the 1920s in downtown.
Housing is very cheap. You can get a new house on 1 acre+ lots starting at about 250K.
It only takes 20 minutes to drive acoss town during rush hour.
If you are interested and have any questions, just DM me. Good luck with your move!
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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Thanks for answering my request. I know that this is a big request but I am trying to break in down. Our budget is approximately 200K - 300K. The house is really not that important.
We have found many nice houses that we would enjoy in that price range and some even had the land but the area was not acceptable or the jobs were not there.
Thought we had Knoxville, Tennessee nailed down until we looked at the evironmental stats and the toxicity results.
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