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Old 10-04-2011, 01:45 PM
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Get ready to have no money. And if you miss your rent no home, and if you miss your car payment no car, and if you miss your insurance payment no license, and if you miss the yellow signal get a photo ticket and if you miss that no parking sigh on sweep days get a ticket. And don't forget the high arse taxes especially at the pump, oh and what about medical and dental insurance good luck in that category.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:47 PM
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OC is about the worst stay out of anahiem or Costa Mesa unless you want to get jacked by some thugs, then the cops will probably beat the crapola out of you for being a victim.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:41 PM
Location: Bryan, Ohio
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[quote=temazepam;21145812]I also have training in medical billing & coding, but cannot break into it because all the want ads I've seen for those openings demand experience, which I totally lack. Do you have the hands-on experience, not just the schooling in it?

I agree that every advertisement for medical billing/coding requires experience. Right now I work in an office that deals with domestic violence victims. I do look up some Medicaid eligibility for them to get paid counseling, but other than that just general office duties.

It's so disappointing that such a safe and beautiful city is so out of reach because of the cost of living. Here in Ohio, I bought my first house at age 20. It's a 3BR 2BA with a sunroom and was built in 1995. I bought it 6 years ago and I'm waiting for it to sell so I can pick up and go. The price for my home..........$115,000!!! So yeah...........the whole OC area blows my mind.

I've been to SC and it's beautiful but not on my list. I've never researched Florida so I'll have to check into that. Arizona seems affordable too........As I said before, I'll just sit tight, wait for my house to sell and look for jobs out of Ohio. I just want safety--------beauty--------and $$opportunities$$ in a city. Is that too much to ask?!
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:01 AM
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You will not find any 20 year olds buying homes in Orange County. Many people rent bedrooms in single family homes for $600-$700 a month. Or, a home will be split and 2 families will share it. Not unusual at all in Mission Viejo.

But realistically? Here's what you'll need to make the move from Ohio (based loosely on what our family members have spent on cross country moves in the past 3 years):
Pre-moving trip to CA to find jobs/housing: $1000 - $3000 (airfare/hotel)
Moving Truck: $1500-$10,000 depending on whether you pack yourself or hire a company
Gas/Hotels for 3-4 day trip: $1500
Rental Deposit for apt/house: $1500-$5000
Deposits for Utilities: $500
1st Month's Rent: $1500-$2500
Car Registration in CA - $300? $600?

Make sure you figure out your budget and have an emergency fund of 6 months expenses.
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