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Old 04-11-2013, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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It's too cold here in NC for me to eat out on my deck in the winter. Might be all right for you Michganders, but it's not like it's sunny and 70 in the winter here all that much. Usually rainy and 42.

If you want to be 1-2 hrs from the beach, that's not Charlotte. Raleigh or Wilmington would be your best bets. Raleigh is just about 2 hrs from Wilmington. Charlotte is about 3 hrs from Charleston SC.

Not sure if $900-$1400 is going to get you a "fairly large place" near Raleigh, but it depends on how large is fairly large. In general I think home prices are liable to be higher here in NC than in Michigan.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:14 PM
 
Location: in a house
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...Anyways, I'm done defending the fact that I know I need a good job. I will look at the Forbes link posted above. Anyone else have brilliant thoughts about great locations?
Well bless your heart. How exasperated you must be. Sorry to tell you, but community colleges aren't hiring full-time faculty in these economic times and the universities aren't much better. The funding just isn't there, regardless of whether you are "in healthcare" or not. Assuming that you are a RN, are you an APRN or nurse informatics specialist or do you have experience with nursing simulation labs? Then your chances at finding a position at UNCW or Cape Fear CC are next to nil. Are you a graduate prepared PT? OT? but really, the PhD is necessary for those positions. Are you a Health Information specialist with a graduate degree? You might find something at Cape Fear. If you are not in education, do you have healthcare experience in a specialty or acute care that would place you ahead of the graduates coming out of the university, community college, and proprietary schools located there?
You might find it nicer at Fort Myers, especially if your expertise is in gerontology or long term care or PCMH. Good luck to you.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:03 PM
 
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It's too cold here in NC for me to eat out on my deck in the winter. Might be all right for you Michganders, but it's not like it's sunny and 70 in the winter here all that much. Usually rainy and 42.

If you want to be 1-2 hrs from the beach, that's not Charlotte. Raleigh or Wilmington would be your best bets. Raleigh is just about 2 hrs from Wilmington. Charlotte is about 3 hrs from Charleston SC.

Not sure if $900-$1400 is going to get you a "fairly large place" near Raleigh, but it depends on how large is fairly large. In general I think home prices are liable to be higher here in NC than in Michigan.
We eat outside all winter long in the Wilmington area...just stuff like oyster roasts and shrimp boils....its usually 40 at night and 50 plus during the day. Its a bit different climate (as is the outer banks) than anywhere else in NC.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:09 PM
 
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I will definitely spend some time tonight researching the Wilmington, NC area. From what you said, it appears to have the right appeal. My husband is not opposed to getting into another industry. Fortunately, he was in a leadership role and has a CDL license, so he has a few options. So far my job searches in FL have produced better results for me than him (but, as you said, if I stick with health care, it's a safe place to be).

Do you live/have you lived in this area? Is there a good health care organization nearby? What seems like a typical commute time for work in general? Any thoughts on area schools? Any areas surrounding Wilmington that we should avoid?

Thank you very much for your thoughts!
Have lived in ENC for over 20 years...Wilmington for much of it...no plans of heading west anytime soon.

New Hanover Health Network handles most of the Wilmington area...Wilmington Health and a few others. Brunswick Co has a Novant facility. Most of the rest of ENC is covered by Vidant Health Network, which covers about 10 hospitals and ECU's large medical complex.

The nice thing about Wilmington is that you can live in the middle of town, close to schools & work and puts you close to the beach and historic downtown. The closer to the water the more expensive generally.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MI
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Well, I would imagine 40's and raining would beat windchill of -19 and 3 feet of snow any day! Shoot, it nearly hit 40 today and people were running around in shorts!

My job is in patient safety/risk management/quality excellence. I am not an RN. I appreciate the info regarding the various health care options surrounding Wilmington. With so many hospitals joining others, it's sometimes difficult to decipher what companies you should even be looking at (who owns who, what title should you be searching under, etc). I have considered teaching at a community college as a part time adjunct instructor, if necessary, to supplement income and because I love being an instructor.

I'm not concerned with being on the water, just close enough to visit there frequently. We can live somewhat inland to afford a nice house (3/2/2 with 1500+ sq feet, safe neighborhood, and maybe a fenced yard). I understand home values are greater in NC, but rental costs seem to be similar to the area in MI we are being transferred to.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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We eat outside all winter long in the Wilmington area...just stuff like oyster roasts and shrimp boils....its usually 40 at night and 50 plus during the day. Its a bit different climate (as is the outer banks) than anywhere else in NC.
Yeah, all right for some people, but I'm cold blooded. I love the heat and can't take the cold. Got no desire to eat on my deck in any temps below 60, or really, 70. Bring on the sun and 90+!
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MI
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Few rentals I found around Wilmington...
:: Property Details for "Magnolia Greens"
:: Property Details for "The Cape. Immaculate 3 bed, over 1900 sq. ft."
:: Property Details for "Lanvale Trace"

Appears doable. I'll start researching the healthcare opportunities tomorrow.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:16 AM
 
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This is my first post so please forgive me if it isn't located in the appropriate place!

I live in a depressing area in mid-Michigan with my husband and our two sons (aged 1 and 3). There's high unemployment, low property values, low morale, and poor schools. My husband's job will move to Grand Rapids, MI at the end of the year so this is our opportunity to see if there is someplace better for us out there. We were both born and raised here and long to get out. GR is a great place but we want SUNSHINE! We love warm weather so these MI winters are more painful as the years pass. We want to live somewhere that allows us to eat dinner on our deck pretty much year round. We want our boys to live outdoors as much as possible (beaches, hiking, parks, and just playing outside). This isn't possible half the year up here.

Our needs:
-Good job prospects. I have an undergrad in Communications and a grad degree in Management. I've worked in non-clinical areas of health care for 9 years. My husband's background is in construction, spending the past 6.5 years as a supervisor for a building supply company. We are not opposed to different industries as long as they are comparable in pay.
-Great public schools
-Great beaches. No more than a 1-2 hr drive, the closer, the better.
-Camping. Not a necessity but we did purchase an RV last year so it would be a plus.
-Safety
-Good community spirit adn overall pride
-Stuff to do! Outdoor festivals, restaurants, etc. A place that is lively but also family friendly.
-Good house rental market. We will rent a house for a few years. Want a fairly large place in a nice area for $900-1400/mth, depending on how comparable our salaries are to our current ones.

We have pretty much narrowed our search down to NC, SC, VA, and FL, previously focusing on the areas surrounding Charlotte and Fort Myers. We are VERY open to suggestions, as it's hard to plan a move like this when we really could go anywhere. We have 6-10 months to decide and find jobs, as we won't leave without jobs lined up.

I appreciate any input as to the best places for us. Thank you!
We moved from mid-MI 2 years ago, and love the area, the weather is great (even the winter) we haven't worn our winter coats since moving, we wear our fall fleece. It is funny to see parkas come out at 40, I would guess eventually our skin gets thinner too after years down here.

There are festivals all around down here, which is nice. We live in south Charlotte but there are plenty of places which describe what you are looking for.

Good Luck and if you have any specific questions since I understand what you are leaving and what you hope to find. Please ask or you can direct message me too.

I hope you find what you are looking for, it is out there and even if it takes more time than to the end of the year, don't give up.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:33 AM
 
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Well, I would imagine 40's and raining would beat windchill of -19 and 3 feet of snow any day! Shoot, it nearly hit 40 today and people were running around in shorts!

My job is in patient safety/risk management/quality excellence. I am not an RN. I appreciate the info regarding the various health care options surrounding Wilmington. With so many hospitals joining others, it's sometimes difficult to decipher what companies you should even be looking at (who owns who, what title should you be searching under, etc). I have considered teaching at a community college as a part time adjunct instructor, if necessary, to supplement income and because I love being an instructor.

I'm not concerned with being on the water, just close enough to visit there frequently. We can live somewhat inland to afford a nice house (3/2/2 with 1500+ sq feet, safe neighborhood, and maybe a fenced yard). I understand home values are greater in NC, but rental costs seem to be similar to the area in MI we are being transferred to.
Pine Valley area is perfect for what you describe...lots of turnover in the past 10 years or so and lots of investment in the brick ranches...I put this house out there on another thread as an example of a house that just needs some cosmetic updates....

MLS # 488390 - 385 Rl Honeycutt Dr, Wilmington NC, 28412 | Homes.com

Elem School in the area is supposed to be replaced in the long run (10 years) (once a new bond is approved). But not a bad deal for under 200K in the middle part of town in a safe neighborhood with large lots. Golf course community but Country Club is private. Easy to Hospital district...15-20 minutes to either Wrightsville or Carolina Beach.

BTW, here is a link I found regarding some jobs in the area...Fair Bluff is about an hour from Wilmington so living in Wilmington may not work entirely unless you don't mind the commute. There may be places in Brunswick Co or even Whiteville that could work with a job in FB...

http://www.nccommerce.com/news/press...m_detail=27297

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Old 04-12-2013, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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As I stated in my post, we will not be moving without jobs lined up. We recognize that we can't move anywhere if we can't afford to live once we get there. Our NEED RIGHT NOW is for seeking out possible places with good job prospects to narrow down the search. A job search not narrowed down to a couple areas is ambiguous and difficult to manage.
I think many people's point is, without any more to go on than "a good job market", why did you pick the state with the 6th highest unemployment rate (higher than Michican's!) instead of a state with a rosier outlook to begin with?
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