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Old 09-14-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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My family and I (myself, husband and two toddler boys) are seriously contemplating relocating to NC next summer. Mostly because I don't know how many more Michigan winters I can endure! After reading many threads on your wonderful State, we would like to come and visit to make sure that it would be a fit. However, deciding where is like finding a needle in a haystack. Also, I haven't seen too many that talk about where to find vacant land and good schools in the same post!

Ideally, we would like to find about 5-10 acres that we can build our modest dream home on. In the meantime we would rent. Is this possible with an approximate $50,000 price range (for the land)? Because I have kids and have no interest in homeschooling (nothing against it at all - I just don't feel I'm qualified to do it!) I would also like to be near good schools and hospitals.

I'm also curious about the job market - my husband is in the banking industry and I am a Paralegal.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

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Old 09-14-2010, 01:58 PM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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Once you or one has employment, vacant land and good schools can be found.

RULE NUMBER ONE---Employment dictates residence.

RULE NUMBER TWO--Residence dictates schools

RULE NUMBER THREE---See rule number one.

RULE NUMBER FOUR---Ain't that the truth about winter!


Most housing is modular, some stick built. 5-10 acres can be had starting at $5k an acre depending on where you look. I think average is $15K?

Employment at the moment is touch and go. Start networking now...banking seems pretty rough at the moment. Lawyers seem to always be busy--have you considered being a bail bonds? Combining banking and paralegal...judging by the number of places in my county it has to pay well...
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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Find jobs, the rest will follow suit from there. The state that offers the 'best fit' in the current economy is the one that has the job offer - and NC does have high unemployment with droves of transplants still coming in. The weather is great, but a little tid bit about Michigan winters.. at least it keeps the bugs in check!

You may or may not have a hard time finding the land you want in that price range. If the schools are good, the demand is high. If the demand is high, the price soars. Seems to be a common occurrence in NC.
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Yep, absolutely have a job first. Real estate is plentiful, as is land, and it is a great buyers market right now. I suggest renting an apartment first then getting established and getting to know your area, then you will really know where you want to live. Its hard to judge where to stay (permanently) by reading the internet just because there are so many different opinions of different areas.
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