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Old 05-17-2009, 01:22 AM
 
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Hi! We are a young working-class family that's hoping to relocate to San Antonio in 2010 and I wanted to do my research as early as possible so I know what to expect. I know there are tons of questions, but any help is appreciated.

What is the job market like there? Is there a lot of tension from the recession? Lay offs? I ask since we'll be moving without a job lined up for the both of us. I have a Poly Sci degree and my husband will be ex-military. Any recs for good places for us to start our job search?

Once the move is complete and we have stable jobs, we were planning on buying a home (but definitely don't want to be "house poor") so we were looking at Centex, Fieldstone, and low-priced DR Horton homes. I did a board search, but lots of info was a little outdated... what builders do you recommend the most in terms of quality for the price you pay? What neighborhoods are best for a young family starting out with their first home? (We liked Alamo Ranch but are very open to suggestions)

Also, are there any nice apartments (about $600 a month) that you recommend? We probably can't go much higher since we're trying to save for a down payment and the rental will most likely just be for the interim while we house hunt.
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:47 AM
 
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SA has fared really well during this national economic crisis. And lately there's been a lot of really good news on the job front. With your husband being ex-military that could give him an advantage in some sectors.

You can surely find a nice apartment for 600 a month but I think something like that shouldn't be looked into until a month or two before you move here.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:00 AM
 
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Thank you! What sectors are military friendly? I was just apartment hunting in case we can't live with my inlaws for some reason... I think we can probably stay there for a month or two while we find jobs, then we need to move to an apartment until we save enough for a house.

I just saw another thread while board searching... it said to be wary of moving to SA without a job lined up. I always wondered, how does one secure a job before moving? Do you just send resumes, travel for the interview, and move before your start date? Can you tell I've never done this before? lol
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:41 AM
 
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Thank you! What sectors are military friendly?
It depends on what he was taught while in the military.

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I was just apartment hunting in case we can't live with my inlaws for some reason... I think we can probably stay there for a month or two while we find jobs, then we need to move to an apartment until we save enough for a house.
Then I think once you were to find a job, finding a apartment near your job would be ideal.

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I just saw another thread while board searching... it said to be wary of moving to SA without a job lined up.
I think it's a sentiment for every city not just SA.

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I always wondered, how does one secure a job before moving? Do you just send resumes, travel for the interview, and move before your start date? Can you tell I've never done this before? lol
All of the above and then some. Every move is different.
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:17 AM
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Funny,....you're the second person coming with a 'Poly Sci" degree. Do you mean Poli Sci as in Political Science, or "many sciences"??? I'm not being rude, either, just asking.....but feel free to delete my innocent question!

I would think $600 a month for an apartment is NOT do-able, simply because by your screen name it's implied that you have kids.....apartments in decent school districts with semi-decent amenities will run you more than that. But you should use a locator service for the best results.

Good luck in your search! I've heard EP is beautiful-looking, but awful-living. One day I'll make the 8 hour trip to see it.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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My kids are young, so they will be staying with their grandmother, who runs an in-home daycare in SA so schools won't really be an issue.

You'll have to forgive me for using Poly Sci vs. your preference of Poli Sci. Either one works for the most part (and you look worse for trying to be a know it all and failing)- you guys know what I meant, right? You weren't being rude, but perhaps a wise ass- either way, it's not very nice.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:53 AM
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It's just funny since Garvey San Antonio used the same Poly Sci reference. That is all, and yes, I'm nothing less than a wise ass!

And, welcome to San Antonio! There, that's nice!
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:02 PM
 
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I would get jobs first before you decide to move. It just makes everything else so much easier. Commutes can get real bad if you are far from your place of work. I pay between 6 and 7 a month for a one bedroom, but you are not going to find a 2 or 3 bedroom for that price in the NEISD area.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:34 PM
 
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My best friend found a job here before she moved, and she job hunted from Illinois! She looked online for jobs that interested her and sent in her resume. She flew down here two different times within about four months to interview (she had grouped her interviews so she got several done each trip). It actually took her about a year to find the job that worked for her and paid her what she wanted to be paid.

She's been here four years now, and just bought her first house! She's here to stay.

Also, for what it's worth, I wondered what you meant by "Poly Sci" too - if it was short for Political Science or something else.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:55 PM
 
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Thanks for your help! I spoke to my husband about the board's suggestions and he's going to try to get more time off of work so we can try to schedule interviews in before our move. We'll be there in June, so I guess we'll start our job hunt then, and hope we can find a job that will hire us in 2010.

Linda, Poly Sci or Poli Sci is the abbreviation for Political Science. Both are acceptable forms in our field. I guess I was irritated because Sapphire was taking the time to point out what she thought was a spelling error, when it wasn't. I need to remember not to abbreviate so much, and that was my mistake since lots of people are unfamiliar with my field.
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