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Old 03-13-2013, 08:22 AM
Location: too far from the sea
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Originally Posted by golfingduo View Post
Interesting list. There are so many of these lists that say this place or another is best. All of it is subjective and what one person feels as the best place will not be what another feels.

Being from MA myself I can relate to the story. However I have a feeling that inspite of how nice it is to live up here it will not become a haven for blue hairs .

Okay before anyone gets upset, it is a joke and I am beginning to resemble that remark.
Northampton is just fine, with a lot to do, IF you have the money. There are a lot of free things to do because of the colleges and the general natural resources of the area but you have to be able to afford to live there first. You also will probably want to get out of there in winter and go somewhere warm. I moved away from Northampton years ago to get to the eastern part of the state where at least it's a little bit warmer than out in the hills.

MA is a great state but it's for the very rich or the very poor. It's a state that has lost a lot of great people because of the high cost of living. For the poor there are lots of subsidies and there's cheap or free health insurance. For the rich there are super high priced condos and here in the eastern part of the state, more super high priced condos and lots of places to keep your yacht.

If you're an ordinary retired person living in MA, good luck!!!!!
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by wmc8520 View Post
Since there haven't been any posts to this one since before the housing crash of 2008, how do you forum members think the affordable areas have or haven't changed?
I think Phoenix was hard hit in the housing crisis. It still has a lot of foreclosures and short sales. Ashville NC is still drawing people.
It depends on what areas still have their industry base. I'm in Virginia and my house is now appraised at 20% higher then 2006.
The 2008 valuation was never a real number to me.
It was to my advantage in 2009 and 2010 . With a lower value my taxes went down $500 a year so my payments were smaller.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:11 PM
Location: Los Angeles area
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Phoenix, Las Vegas, Florida, and the inland valleys of Southern California were especially hard-hit when the bottom fell out of the real estate market a few years ago. Incredible bargains were, and to some extent still are, available in those areas (but not limited to those areas). All real estate is local, of course, so I admit to painting with a broad brush here.
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