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Old 02-10-2008, 01:55 PM
 
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I am looking to relocate myself and 14 y/o son to Berlin. I heard the RE prices are reasonable and possibly the economy will get better with the construction and new jail. I see some older posts about this but is the prison construction under way?
Alan
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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Yes. there is already a state prison there now and the federal prison is just breaking ground. Should be done in 2010. I was born and lived in Berlin for 18 years and my family is still there. I was the only one who moved away here in FL and i'm heading back this summer because i miss the family. You can buy a nice home for a reasonable amount of money but be careful on the taxes. They are very high. My sister pays over $4000 on her home that's valued at $150,000. As far as the economy up there, it really needs something and i don't think just opening another jail is going to do much for it. Most of the jobs will be already taken by transfers from other areas. Like i said, i'm 34 years old now and with keeping in touch with my family, it hasn't changed since i lived there and in fact is worse especially since all the papermills that employed hundreds of people shut down. As far as the schools in Berlin, they were great when i attended them and i believe still are doing well. I have 6 nieces and nephews in school up there now and things are going good. It's a close knit town but very welcoming to others. Now if you like doing things outdoors all year round and just enjoy being outside and able to just go for a joy ride without all the traffic and headaches, then i think you'll like the area. What kind of work would you be looking for?
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:44 PM
 
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Thanks for your information. Not sure what I would do for work, possibly start a small sub shop or something like that. May invest in rental property??
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:05 AM
 
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Thanks for your information. Not sure what I would do for work, possibly start a small sub shop or something like that. May invest in rental property??
There's a huge problem with rental property up there. There are many many apartment complexes for sale but most of them are in bad condition, run down and there are no regulations for the landlords to keep up with the care and some of the places people live in are terrible. The city is currently considering putting in some kind of regulations because once the placed get in such bad shape, most of the owners just abandon the place leaving the city to demolish it at the cities expense. I'd say if your thinking of a rental property, purchase one, fix it up really nice, keep up the maintenance and find some good renters and you would probably do alright but i don't know if it will be enough for you to live on unless of course you live in one of the apartments yourself.
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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daniellefort,

You are so helpful with your information! Glad you are here.
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:57 PM
 
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daniellefort,

You are so helpful with your information! Glad you are here.
Thanks. glad i can help. I enjoy sharing my information on Northern NH with anyone who is considering moving there whether it be the good or the bad. I know alot of people from as far north as Colebrook, Errol, Milan and Berlin so i've covered alot of ground in my years of living there.
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Old 02-13-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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You should be aware that prisons tend to attract the families of the prisoners. This is not always a good thing.
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:13 PM
 
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You should be aware that prisons tend to attract the families of the prisoners. This is not always a good thing.
Being a potential prison transfer family, I can understand your concern about this, but this is not necessarily the case with the Federal Prison system. Yes, it happens with state prisons, but not so much with Federal.
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:32 AM
 
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There's a huge problem with rental property up there. There are many many apartment complexes for sale but most of them are in bad condition, run down and there are no regulations for the landlords to keep up with the care and some of the places people live in are terrible. The city is currently considering putting in some kind of regulations because once the placed get in such bad shape, most of the owners just abandon the place leaving the city to demolish it at the cities expense. I'd say if your thinking of a rental property, purchase one, fix it up really nice, keep up the maintenance and find some good renters and you would probably do alright but i don't know if it will be enough for you to live on unless of course you live in one of the apartments yourself.

isn't Berlin where there were a lot of arson fires last year and two or three apartment buildings would burn down all at once?

I remember something about it on the news. I never get up to that part of the state - haven't been there in 25 years. The last time was for a wedding.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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isn't Berlin where there were a lot of arson fires last year and two or three apartment buildings would burn down all at once?

I remember something about it on the news. I never get up to that part of the state - haven't been there in 25 years. The last time was for a wedding.
Yeah. they never caught the guy. Most of the fires were the abandoned apartment buildings in town. I think the last fire had a young family living in it though. I remember years ago when i was growing up we had an arson in town then too and turned out to be the city's own fireman setting them himself just to be called out for duty. No doubt the town needs to clean up all these run down abandoned apartments but fires are not the way to do it.
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