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Old 03-29-2018, 03:13 AM
 
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i highly doubt we will be 80 and doing mountain biking and skiing . we bought in that area because i like hunting and fishing . but when you have days on end to fill in retirement we both got bored . there really was not enough to do daily for the rest of our lives in rural .


except for winter sports and water sports the rural areas left little to do daily for us as we aged . we spent 5 years there and it can't hold a candle to life in nyc . life in nyc compared to rural to us-priceless.

even in the worst weather we can jump on the train and be in mid-town manhattan in under 30 minutes . we are in to photography and still have so much we have never seen here and i am here 65 years . like said you can eat out every day for 54 years here and never repeat .

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Old 03-29-2018, 03:19 AM
 
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Good choice I grew up there and got out as soon as I could. Yeah, you can get a house cheap but that's all you get. Don't get me started on the weather either. It was terrible. To the OP, even though a house is cheap, it's not always desirable to live there. I know there are places you can find the price you are looking for but just make sure the area suits your needs.
actually we have to give a thumbs down on the cheaper housing too .

you see , we live in queens in a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment in a building with pool and tennis courts .

all our kids are out and live locally so no one lives with us .

when we got the house in pa we had to get a 3000 square foot house because all the kids and grand kids stay over . the house cost more than our apartment .

you get a whole house for your money in pa however we don't need a house in queens so housing was actually more in pa then our rent here in queens .

when we first got the house we were thinking of relocating . we figured out we could live on about 30% less income . only problem was pay was less than 1/2 so we were better off here .

once we thought about the things we lacked that could be important in retirement as you age , like a comprehensive public transportation system the area quickly lost luster . choices in great medical specialists or specialty medical facilities were few .

in fact i work 1 day a week in retirement doing technical training for my old company which is something i enjoy and make more than if i put in days of work in pa and it certainly would not be what i am doing . i became active again in my drumming , and have endless choices in where i can use those skills if i want to .

so rural was not a life for us. pot luck dinners and high school football games are not our idea of entertainment . museums , cultural things , music and broadway and off broadway shows as well as dinning are what we enjoy .

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Old 03-29-2018, 05:30 AM
 
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My dad bought a 3 bed, 2 bath house in 1966 for $18,000. Pretty decent house with a wood burning fireplace. It now goes for $450,000.
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Old 03-29-2018, 05:47 AM
 
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here in long island when we bought homes in the 1970's they were 30-35k . today they are 700k . but think about it , you paid off a 30k mortgage and taxes are 15k a year. you barely are saving a utility bill in the scheme of things and affordability .
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:17 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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This made me laugh outloud!


Buffalo NY an Detroit MI comes to mind.
There are SO MANY great places in the "Rust Belt". I agree about Buffalo. I have been there and it's a nice city. I've seen the architecture of Detroit, and there are some wonderful, older homes.
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:40 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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How much is your property insurance per year. I'm in Florida and mine is high, I would think it's also high in a tornado area.
Insurance on this house is $500/year. Yes, we are in a tornado area but we personally have not been hit. There have been 3 (small) tornadoes within 10 miles of us in the over 5 years since we moved here and we've had watches but no warning yet. But that's why we bought the SafeShed.
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:48 AM
 
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Default The South Side of Youngstown

Because of so many houses being demolished, there are less houses and less crime. The South side of Youngstown is becoming a desirable area to live. You will need a security alarm and be aware of your surrounding at all times. But the reality is that this is the case anywhere you live in the US. The homes you purchase will probably need the roof reshingled at a cost of around $10,000 and a bit of a face lift, but all that for less than that same home would cost either on the west coast or the east cost for over $700,000. You can write programs anywhere in the US. Why not here.
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:57 AM
 
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Why not here.
Income taxes. If you can work from home anywhere and have a good salary you want to maximize your take home pay. Ohio is a pretty high tax state.

Living here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in WA state with no state or city income taxes and low property taxes is actually cheaper for me than my Dayton, OH house that was worth 1/3rd.
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:58 AM
 
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Default Youngstown

South Youngstown is up and coming. Great for those whose jobs are via computer
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Old 03-29-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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notnamed. The reason your house is only worth 1/3 is because you keep writing post that put down Ohio. If you would emphasize the aspect that are good, more people would want to move to Ohio and thus your home value would go up.
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