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Old 10-27-2017, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I've only lived in one my but, at least in Minnesota, it (& they) are insulated. The one I lived in didn't leak but I would think it would be the same as a house; bad roof = leaks.

Some that I've seen really surprised me as I had no idea they weren't houses.
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:48 PM
 
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A house on 3 acres for $75K, within 40 miles of a VA clinic and no hot humid summers and minimum taxes.

I doubt it exists.
This is the problem. Shangri La does not exist. Its a fictional story in a book.

You can't have champagne tastes on a beer budget.

This gentleman doesn't like taxes, but undoubtedly he wants to be near a top-notch VA Clinic. My sense of irony is simply overwhelming me. The VA system is as extensive as it is and does as much as it does because its costs a big chunk of tax revenue.

This country is just of full of people who want the benefits of government, but don't want to pay for them. This guy would probably tell me that he is a veteran and has earned the right to excellent medical care. Excellent medical care doesn't grow on trees. It has to be paid for by ordinary citizens who struggle to pay their taxes.

I just wish more people understood the connection and didn't expect someone else to provide all this for them for free.

I'm 58. I've earned a good income most of my working years and I've paid big taxes. I don't begrudge it. The only thing I ask is for others who want the benefits of government to do the same thing.
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:27 PM
 
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I found this website the other day, oldhousesunder50K.com. Here's something interesting for the OP. It may not tick every box, but it sets you thinking about the possibilities.

C. 1900 Rural Michigan Farmhouse, Barns on Acreage Under $50,000 - Old Houses Under $50K
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Old 10-27-2017, 06:10 PM
 
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We're seniors looking to get out of Asheville, NC (lived in NY near the City). We know
cold and blizzards. We can't afford the >55 places. Our focus is Lehigh Valley (someone
recommended looking at Easton and we will). I've
used cost of living calculators but: 1) They rarely have dates associated with them (so
they're worthless - this forum is actually better), so I don't know what's correct.
2) Any pointers on how we can figure out property tax components? I know if we
live in Bethlehem, taxes will be higher but if we live outside the city limits, any clue
how much difference this would make?

Thank you all.
Just pick up the phone and call the county assessors office.
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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This is the problem. Shangri La does not exist. Its a fictional story in a book.

You can't have champagne tastes on a beer budget.

This gentleman doesn't like taxes, but undoubtedly he wants to be near a top-notch VA Clinic. My sense of irony is simply overwhelming me. The VA system is as extensive as it is and does as much as it does because its costs a big chunk of tax revenue.

This country is just of full of people who want the benefits of government, but don't want to pay for them. This guy would probably tell me that he is a veteran and has earned the right to excellent medical care. Excellent medical care doesn't grow on trees. It has to be paid for by ordinary citizens who struggle to pay their taxes.

I just wish more people understood the connection and didn't expect someone else to provide all this for them for free.

I'm 58. I've earned a good income most of my working years and I've paid big taxes. I don't begrudge it. The only thing I ask is for others who want the benefits of government to do the same thing.
Absolutely. There are people posting total dumps that are basically gut jobs to prove a point, if you could even find reliable workers in some of those areas.

If you want bottom basement prices, you will get similar results. Crap in = crap out.
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Old 10-27-2017, 08:53 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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A house on 3 acres for $75K, within 40 miles of a VA clinic and no hot humid summers and minimum taxes.

I doubt it exists.
Head 40 miles east / NE of Sturgis SD. Not too 'sticky' there!

I would pay the 'price-of-admission' and choose Piedmont, SD or Ranchester . Dayton, WY. (Both are pretty low tax states). But There are VA facilities near low cost housing in other 'non-sticky-states'.

Any old (legally placed) mobile home will do...(comes with permit...water, septic / power / road included) Add a shop with nice apartment and bulldoze the MH.

Better yet... become destitute and sign up for a state run Veteran's home 'FREE ' independent living!!!! Some come with a GREAT view!!! and no need for AC in summer! City bus comes every hour (free bus and ferry passes)

http://www-stage.dva.wa.gov/veteran-...ns-home-retsil
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Old 10-28-2017, 05:33 AM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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This is the problem. Shangri La does not exist. Its a fictional story in a book.

You can't have champagne tastes on a beer budget.
The first is true, as far as I know.
The second is mostly true.

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This gentleman doesn't like taxes, but undoubtedly he wants to be near a top-notch VA Clinic. My sense of irony is simply overwhelming me. The VA system is as extensive as it is and does as much as it does because its costs a big chunk of tax revenue.

This country is just of full of people who want the benefits of government, but don't want to pay for them. This guy would probably tell me that he is a veteran and has earned the right to excellent medical care. Excellent medical care doesn't grow on trees. It has to be paid for by ordinary citizens who struggle to pay their taxes.

I just wish more people understood the connection and didn't expect someone else to provide all this for them for free.

I'm 58. I've earned a good income most of my working years and I've paid big taxes. I don't begrudge it. The only thing I ask is for others who want the benefits of government to do the same thing.
If he is a veteran, then yes, he did earn those benefits.

If you wan't those benefits, earn them.

If you don't like the system, most of us don't have a problem with you finding another country, where he didn't have to defend your freedom to "earn a good income." Otherwise, you need to learn some appreciation for those who put their life on the line, so that you didn't have to.
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Old 10-28-2017, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I found this website the other day, oldhousesunder50K.com. Here's something interesting for the OP. It may not tick every box, but it sets you thinking about the possibilities.

C. 1900 Rural Michigan Farmhouse, Barns on Acreage Under $50,000 - Old Houses Under $50K

It is not just old houses.

Where we are located there are many old farm houses.

We built a new house for ourselves.

$75k got us 150 acres of land, and $50k built a 2400 sq ft 3 bdrm house. Ten years later, an additional $15k got our house onto solar power.
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Old 10-28-2017, 08:16 AM
 
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Here's an article in the financial press about best places to retire to make your retirement income go further. There are some excellent charts on total tax loads by state, states that do/don't tax Social Security, etc. Here is the link to the story.
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Old 10-28-2017, 08:48 AM
 
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It is not just old houses.

Where we are located there are many old farm houses.

We built a new house for ourselves.

$75k got us 150 acres of land, and $50k built a 2400 sq ft 3 bdrm house. Ten years later, an additional $15k got our house onto solar power.
$50K for a new house. Even if you did most of the labor, I don't see how a house can be built for that amount with materials being so high.
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