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Old 05-06-2015, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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30 days is not enough time to learn if you like the area, and what the housing market is like. There is a big difference in sales time between a 3/2 and a 1/1. If you have never lived in the desert southwest you can depend upon snakes, scorpions, sand storms, and being able to fry your egg on the hood of your car at 4am.
Not sure what you mean by a 3/2 or a 1/1, could you please explain?

Fry an egg on the hood of your car at 4 am - The Midwest also gets horrible heat + really high humidity in the summers. In fact, during July 1995, there were 773 deaths related to the heat wave in the Chicago area. I'd rather have desert heat, and I'm sure I can handle monsoon weather. I visited my cousin in Phoenix during monsoon season. I'd much rather have heat than:


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Early Sunday morning, the weather service reported February's average temperature was 14.6, tying a record for the month set in 1875. The normal average temperature for February is 27.7 degrees, according to the weather service . . . AND . . . February 2015 will go down in the books as the third-snowiest February on record in Chicago, with just under 27 inches recorded at O'Hare for the month. The second-snowiest, February 1896, saw 27.8 inches of snow fell.
^From the Chicago Tribune
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:42 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Here is a thought from left field - I wonder if finding a house sitting job is a possibility? Assuming you are a responsible person in good health with decent references and no record, it may be possible. I just did a quick search and there are a few services out there. You would need to do a little research and check them out to make sure they are reputable. Lots of moving companies have those "pods" they drop off and you fill (or hire their workers to fill) and they store then deliver at about the same cost as doing those things separately.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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As a 63-year-young single, I hope to relocate to Arizona sometime this year or early next spring. I have a very limited income. ...

In your opinion, which is the better plan?

We have had three guests who have done 'house / pet-sitting' in AZ to find their future retirement home (2 chose Prescott, one Cottonwood).

BE CAREFUL on your choices. (I am not keen on Kingman, Bullhead, or LHC) there just is not much to do without SERIOUS traveling time / $$$

I like my moderate climate choices that are <1hr to international airport (which I use several times / month)

I also prefer being close to a college town (culture / library / research / LIFE / activites...)

For AZ I would consider Tucson (have friends in OroValley with a nice 270 deg view) and I like Williams, AZ, but too far to airport.(Flagstaff works for me, I like 'sunny' snow, often melted by noon). I flew into PHX last night for a connection. I would NEVER survive 'the valley' (550 sq miles of LIGHTS / Traffic)... I don't do traffic lights (none allowed in my retirement county!).

Hope you can find your place...

There are many 'house / pet sitting gigs'
Some listed here;
Hospitality exchange - Wikitravel

I have found 'staying with locals' to be a good way to choose a location.

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