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Old 04-20-2009, 06:48 AM
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Hello Houston , Straight to the point ( Desperation is always impatient) here is the demo's:

Current Location: Rochester New York
Young AA Couple ( 30's)
Wife (Registered Nurse) Husband(Construction/asbestos / lead supervisor)
Combined Income $150 K
3 kids (17, 15, 7)
2 dogs ( Chw chows so cute!!!)
Relocation : Next 6-8 months HOPEFULL!!

WHY? we are the ultimate black sheeps, here is Rochester we have a decent size minority population , however it is over 80% impoverished(sad, I know), we have childhood friends but have left or are leaving many behind, we are young outgoing and succesfull as are our children but we are LONELY!!!!!!!! Y? are we guilty for being succesfull? No other falilies to vacation with ,no couples for my hubbie and I to hang with that are similar at all .Now let me clear this ,like us means: young with older kids, succesful, minorities,outgoing and close by .I can NAME 3 other minority couples ( Puerto rican , AA, asian ) that we know however we all live is separate areas,I would love my kids to be able to identify not only socially but also culturally with their peers!!!!! OH YA AND THE FACT THAT WE PAY ABOUT $700 A MONTH FOR GAS N ELECTRIC AND 13K YEAR FOR TAX ON 200K HOUSE!!!

So we are looking to Sugarland/ pearland or Missouri(need GRASS!!)AND FRIENDLY NEIGHBRS!!!!
Facts :
I have visited and loved, husband has yet
no family in houston / all in rochester
our Kids are willing to move


1) Highschool for son (has IEP procesing disorder/ slight disability needs small class sizes but is main streamed and does well)

2)daughters social butterflys(gymnastics, violin, dance, cheerleading, lacrosse, etc)Where?

3)RN jobs(currently in home care pay $40 hour)

4) construction for hubby?

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Old 04-20-2009, 07:03 AM
Location: Katy
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Missouri City has a large middle class black population.
Sugar Land has a sizable minority population of Asians, Indians, Africans, etc.
The schools are OK (not great) in Missouri City.
Sugar Land has better schools overall.

In terms of pay, don't expect to be making the same amount that you currently make.
The cost of living is a lot cheaper down here than in NY so your pay will accordingly be lower.
There should be plenty of construction jobs available here b/c I see new building going up all the time around here.
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:54 AM
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Thx, RVD26
GOOD schools are like numero uno in our book .thx for feedback, we were swaying toward Sugarland
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:29 AM
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Similar stats to yours. Moved here in 2007 and LOVE IT!!!!!! So happy we made the decision. Good and bad in all areas mentioned. Some areas of Missouri City are Ghetto. Looks like the Ghetto in the suburbs. Pearland-nice but way overcrowded and the areas still in deverlopment are suspect. Personally, I hate going there because of the traffic. Sugerland-nice, traffic heavy at times, but borders Missouri City (nice areas) and easier to get too. At least to me.

Email me with specific questions.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:12 AM
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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I would advise getting a job first. Things are not as rosy around here as TV makes it.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:07 AM
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There is a lot less construction going on then there was a couple of years ago so it seems that there are more workers than jobs. Just look at all of the Construction Managers that were laid off from homebuilders that have either moved into Commercial jobs or something else entirely because of the lack of work.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:20 AM
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Job market is very tight right now, especially in healthcare. Several if not all hopsitals have fhiring freezes, even on nurses. Jobs are posted on some of the hospital sites, but HR is onlycollecting resumes. Layoffs are happening. I cant imagine construction would be any better at this time.

Hopefully in 6-7 months things turn around and you can move on down!
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:47 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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I see the areas you are looking at and I do not disagree at all, but I would like to throw one more out there:

Jersey Village. It is a nice place.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:37 AM
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If it is minorities that you are looking for, Sugar Land is most definately the place to be. ~30% east asian, quite the mix of other nationalities.

I think that when you start to do your house shopping, find a good local RE and get their oppinions on each neighbourhood. I live in New Territory and while we are firendly with a few of our neighbours, it is not a constant neighbourhood block party. My boss happens to live in a different section of New Territory and it is a very close community with everyone hanging out together.
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:40 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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Although you may not make the same income down here, your overall cost of living should be lower so the buying power of your fewer dollars should be greater. You might also take a look at Katy on the west side of Houston. Their schools are pretty decent and there are a number of large new medical facilities out there. A huge priority in this city is minimizing your commute whenever possible so living and working in Katy would be a good thing. Good luck.
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