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Old 07-24-2016, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, in between the Moose's butt and nose.
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It's all relative.

There is no equivalent for Florida in Canada, so when you are talking about "best weather" in Canada, you're generally only comparing between (maybe) a couple of cities: Toronto (near the border) and Vancouver (similar weather to Seattle due to similar geographic/weather patterns).
Not to get off topic but the Maritimes have the country's warmest weather outside of BC, particularly St Johns.
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Old 07-24-2016, 08:12 PM
 
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It's really disappointing because I moved here from LA to avoid price gouging.
There is no "price gouging." There is supply and demand. There is a lot of demand, and there is limited supply because there's a limited amount of land to build on and in many cases you can't build vertically without ruining the scenery.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Until the number of people moving in equals the number of people away you will continue to have steep rent. Florida has net gain of 1000 people per day! Rents here are equal to Seattle which has a fraction of that gain per year....wages of course are much higher there
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Old 07-26-2016, 01:06 PM
 
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I have a hard time believing the $2k avg for a 1 bedroom. Maybe for the latest luxury buildings. I just talked to someone who just moved into a 1 bedroom in downtown Bellevue for $1,400. And for that $2k we rent a house that is much larger than a 1 bedroom within walking distance of Trader Joe's etc.
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Old 07-26-2016, 03:37 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have a hard time believing the $2k avg for a 1 bedroom. Maybe for the latest luxury buildings. I just talked to someone who just moved into a 1 bedroom in downtown Bellevue for $1,400. And for that $2k we rent a house that is much larger than a 1 bedroom within walking distance of Trader Joe's etc.
No, average is actually only $1,600. Still a lot more than just a few years ago, and going up fast but not likely to catch up with LA, the Bay Area or Vancouver BC any time soon.
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA >Austin, TX
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Yeah, that's part of the reason why we moved. I love Seattle and lived there for most of my life. But, in addition to really needing a change of scenery, it just got way too expensive. We moved to Austin, which I also love, and were able to buy a house here in a great neighborhood. In Seattle that just wasn't possible anymore unless we moved way, way out.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:19 AM
 
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I have a hard time believing the $2k avg for a 1 bedroom. Maybe for the latest luxury buildings. I just talked to someone who just moved into a 1 bedroom in downtown Bellevue for $1,400. And for that $2k we rent a house that is much larger than a 1 bedroom within walking distance of Trader Joe's etc.


sounds perfect for me since I am looking and I don't drive either!
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:59 AM
 
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It is pricey but there are worse places to live. I'm a former east coaster and at least here your money will most certainly get you a nice place in a nice area. Go to NYC or NJ and you will pay a ton for an old hole in the wall with no amenities. Plus you will end up paying more for electric and gas due to cold weather and hot humid summers. My electric bill there was between $200-$400/mo in summer here $70
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:23 AM
 
Location: West of the Rockies
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I did work with one guy who was supporting a stay at home wife and three small kids on a gross salary of $43,000/year. He bought a small, crappy house in Shoreline that needed a lot of repairs, rode his bike to work in non-winter months, and family meals were very, very cheap and he buys from Grocery Outlet a lot. He claimed he had no debt. Still manages to be fit and healthy. As far as happiness though, he was constantly stressed out from having to pinch pennies and live pretty much paycheck to paycheck. But at least on the surface, you can indeed live there on a smaller salary if youre willing to sacrifice comfort and convenience. I wasn't willing, and thats partly why I left.
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Old 08-01-2016, 01:10 PM
 
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See if you qualify for one of these:

aptfinder | Low Income Housing at AptFinder.org
wouldn't there be a lot of undesirables living in these types of apartments? Of course, NOT ALL the tenants who live there...but just a few gang bangers/drug dealer types would ruin the whole complex.
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