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Old 01-14-2009, 07:05 PM
Location: SW US
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Has anyone looked into buying a house in one of the former mining towns in the West? Some of them had company housing, well built in the first half of the 20th century, and now available cheap. A friend of mine got an 800 sq ft updated house in Nevada for about $25,000 three years ago. For me, it's way too far away from medical services, but I'm wondering if there might be some that aren't quite so isolated, and how to go about finding them.

Old 01-14-2009, 08:12 PM
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Default Found my house

Knoxgarden -I found my house!!
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:22 PM
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Default Here's another

Knox...I can't belive the prices on realestate - much better than here or CO for that matter. Prop taxes are 40-50% less as well. I could have a CD flop house!!
Old 01-14-2009, 10:19 PM
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Real Estate prices are much, much lower here. If you're looking in the $200,000 to $350,000 range, there are some true bargains. Those are the houses that buyers move up to after selling their first or second home. Sales have stalled on those and a good offer can steal them.
That one is in a good neighborhood, sort of halfway between Knoxville and Oak Ridge.
Look at homes for about the same price in Sequoyah Hills, Forest Hills neigborhoods. Close to downtown and on the river. Beautiful old homes and old money. But some bargains there right now. Zip is 37919.
Property taxes are very reasonable. They do freeze them when you turn 65.
Old 01-15-2009, 01:06 PM
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Default Thnaks

Looks like I didn't include the link to the second house I found - not important. I see so many that I love - then I have consider maintenance. Thanks for the info on the zip - I'll be looking for homes in that area.

Well, I have a '98 Honda CRV - just love that old car - which is why I keep it. Well, today, it wouldn't start. That car has never not started. Could it be the -21 below zero wind chill last night?? It's in a garage so it should have, but I bet my battery is due for replacement. This is crazy cold, even for MN. I had to go out and rescue my dogs - they each stood in the backyard holding 1 foot up - froze their little toes in less than 5 minutes.

Days like this I'm glad I don't have to be anywhere at a certain time - I called AAA motor club - 4 hour delay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So whatever your weather is in CA, TN, OR, NM, FL, AZ, WA - enjoy!!
Old 01-15-2009, 01:48 PM
Location: Sarasota Florida
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MN2CO.... I just cannot imagine -21 cold weather; the coldest I can remember is from when I lived in NYC and it was -5 but in those days I was young and didn't feel the cold

Here in s/Oregon it is around 45ish, hazy and dry ! I'm thinking back on my many years in Florida and those memories are keeping me warm
Old 01-15-2009, 04:12 PM
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Default Temp Correction

Coney - Correction on the temp: -21 was the actual temp; wind chill was -45..................................and that's in the city where it's almost always warmer.
Old 01-15-2009, 04:23 PM
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It only got up to about 68 here today.......brrrrrrrr!
Old 01-15-2009, 04:43 PM
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Default Mexico Border towns

Very interesting - those thinking of Las Cruces should read - 45 miles isn't very far
View the following:Mexico Political Collapse Could Be on Horizon, According to U.S. Joint Forces Report - Associated Content

Should a collapse happen what would be the outcome for the expats living in Mexico? I have often wondered what the possibility would be of the borders closing myself. Seems to me that some of the expats there would be in the same position as the E. Germans were when Checkpoint Charlie was closed, and they didn't get over to W. Germany for how many years? 30 or more? It could happen.
Obviously, this is a very serious situation if Obama has already been meeting with the Mexican government over this issue.
Is this a real cause for concern or just something Fox News has drug up for entertainment? Interesting thought.

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Old 01-15-2009, 04:48 PM
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Default Plantlover is a wise guy!!


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