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Old 03-03-2012, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I actually asked many of my relocating clients this exact question and then compiled a list to give to the newbies! One thing was the car tax. That surprised many!

Vicki
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I actually asked many of my relocating clients this exact question and then compiled a list to give to the newbies! One thing was the car tax. That surprised many!

Vicki
The car tax and the highway use tax. when I went to first register my vehicle, on my lunch break, armed with about 60 bucks on me, the mad dash to find a bank of america branch after being told I needed to pay 260ish to register my car wasn't fun.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Knightdale, NC
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I wish I knew how great the weather was here (including the summers) so I would have moved here sooner.
I wish I would have taken more time to find a house. There are areas of the Triangle I just didn't see or know about.
Me too on the weather your last statement needs to be read by everyone looking to move here...there are SO many areas to consider yet folks seem to only hear about certain areas.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Knightdale, NC
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I wish I had known about this forum before I moved. Our first house here was in the 27603 zip code (Garner area) and that was too remote for us. We now live in Holly Springs which is just perfect. It would've been a great resource to find out about the area.
I am sorry, I am not picking on you, but I got a huge laugh out of your post It fascinates me when people move here and share their perspective and it isn't what I would have expected. I am reminded of how I reacted when I first moved here 38 yrs ago. Coming from the UK I thought, hmm, so this is where the sun had been hiding all my life

Anyhow, when I post I try to think what a future poster might think of this area when they read my post. So, reading yours it really sounds like Garner is too far away from everything when in fact it is on hwy 70 between Raleigh and Clayton. With Clayton being further from Raleigh but each place blends into the other. Depending on where in Garner one lives, you can be 10 -15 minutes from downtown Raleigh and can see Raleigh's skyline from some areas( just like Knightdale). Yet there are still some nice rural areas there with huge lots and very nice homes as well as the 60's ranchers on .25 acre to .50 acre. Garner has plenty of the chain/big box stores most people frequent as well as some mom and pop places. It is basically at lake Wheeler and has a nice rec area, Benson Lake in the middle of it. it is bounded by I-40, hwy 70, hwy 50 and Tryon Rd which runs to NCSU and Cary. Holly Springs, while a nice little small town, still is lacking many amenities according to many posters here. It reminds me of how Apex was a few years ago. And it is quite rural...again, not a negative, just a fact.

Did you live in the country area of Garner near Clayton? Is that why you felt it was far away from everything?
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:51 PM
 
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I wish I had known that the person I followed here was not worth following..

But that is old history & I love it here.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:11 AM
 
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I wish I'd have known that the company that I came here to work for was going to go belly-up and close its doors within 2 years of me arriving, leaving me unemployed during a recession for a year, and severely limiting my future job prospects.

I wish my wife would have researched her job prospects better so that she'd have better understood what career paths a person with her training and degree could expect.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:19 AM
 
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I wish I had known more about the taxes. I told my boyfriend just a few days ago that if I still lived in Texas, I wouldn't be paying taxes this year. I broke even with the federal return ($3 refund) but owe NC. Every year I keep adjusting my W4 to try and get it right. Plus, my car tax will come due long about May if I remember correctly. I still like it here but I was NOT prepared for the taxes when I first moved here.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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I wish I had known that this area was not the boomtown it was made out to be and that my career would be on a downward decline over the last decade since moving here. It's a very pretty area, no doubt, but as I look at the 10 years I've lived here it's been a huge disappointment career-wise (high tech), and socially. I'd move if I could figure where else to go.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I wish I had known that this area was not the boomtown it was made out to be and that my career would be on a downward decline over the last decade since moving here. It's a very pretty area, no doubt, but as I look at the 10 years I've lived here it's been a huge disappointment career-wise (high tech), and socially. I'd move if I could figure where else to go.
Well that post certainly made me even more enthused to move to Raleigh...not.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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There is no such thing as a crystal ball...

When I moved to Raleigh in 1994, if I had known what it was going to be like in 2007 when I moved away (over crowded, very transient, school system issues), I probably would have have had more reservations about it and may not have moved in the first place. Granted then who knows, may not have ever had my youngest "surprise" son who was born there, and may not have appreciated being closer to family which was something we missed and longed for when living far away. The super hot, humid and (imo) miserabable summer weather (compared to summer weather in Upstate NY) was something I knew about coming in. I find it surprising that so many people move south from the northeast and are suddenly surprised when summer weather down there is generally less pleasant than areas further north. Seems like they expect that moving south would only result in a milder winter and the fact that the flip side of that is a more extreme summer doesn't really click until they get there? Odd.


I think for most people who come to regret their move to the Triangle (or anywhere for that matter) it is stuff that may not be necessarily be foreseeable (again, with the obvious exception of typical weather patterns) that causes them to eventually feel that way. You may not realize you miss about your hometown or previous locale until you aren't there anymore. Whether that be proximity to family, certain cultural differences, differences in amenities...etc. Seems most people (including myself) who wish to leave the triangle and express that here on this forum, tend to want to go back to where they moved from.
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