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Old 01-04-2013, 06:59 PM
 
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Our budget is $40K (actually, it's up to 50K since I started this thread) because we're paying CASH for our house, not taking out a mortgage. The price tag isn't reflective of our income, it's reflective of our savings for a house.

Our income is sufficient and our business is doing well.

We are continuing our research and, provided the sale of the business where I work now goes through (an offer has been accepted, the close is due June 1), we'll be making a trip to TN in the last half of July with the goal of viewing homes in our price range, and, hopefully, making a purchase of one of them, with a cross-country move date of mid-August.

As always, I appreciate all posts that are trying to be helpful, even if they are predicting our failure to find a house in our price range. We'll see, and I will be sure to update this thread with our progress as we go along.
Go to Zillow Real Estate & Homes for Sale - Zillow Then set your wants and $$ in the filter menu... That will give you the options you are looking for.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:45 PM
 
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You can do fine just about anywhere in TN for $100k. Not a palace, but totally adequate in every way. 50k is a different story. You can get a new manufactured home/trailer in that price range if you're ok with that. But I'd be cautious of any "real" house in that price range. You know what they say about things that sound too good to be true. And as others have pointed out, be mindful of what you require as far as trash pickup, emergency response, availability of groceries and such. Cable and internet are the least of your worries in the country.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:13 PM
 
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People are nice and friendly just about everywhere you go,,but in their own way. Human density has a fairly big part in that. I've lived in NYC, it's common courtesy there not to smile at strangers without an introduction. Small towns and communities have their ways also...I'd pay attention,learn the ways and just be yourself...In the end it mostly depends on you. I bet that everyone who relocated and left a happy area found a new happy home and those that were unhappy found another unhappy home. Where ever you go you bring yourself.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:51 PM
 
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Default super cheap[but nice] small towns in tn

Crime is not a major face tor in most small Tennessee Towns. Your budget of $40k is going to be close to impossible. A used mobile home or a real dumpy small frame house that needs major work is likely to be about it. Access to high speed internet will be a problem in numerous really small towns and worse in rural areas. Living in the boonies ain't as cheap as it once was.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:19 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Crime is not a major face tor in most small Tennessee Towns. Your budget of $40k is going to be close to impossible. A used mobile home or a real dumpy small frame house that needs major work is likely to be about it. Access to high speed internet will be a problem in numerous really small towns and worse in rural areas. Living in the boonies ain't as cheap as it once was.
Unfortunately for Sellers and fortunately for buyers, there are plenty of nice but small (perfect for retirees or couples) REAL HOUSES for sale in the 40K to 50K range. Still. We have considered buying another house as an investment so we are again looking at the inventory. I wouldn't even consider a mobile home and those are factored out of my searches.

Access to high speed internet IS a problem in the rural areas - we are suffering with satellite but it could be worse - after all I'm online now but it sure isn't a T1 connection as I was used to in NY. The thing is, the weather is so great here that we truly don't spend a lot of time online - or indoors except during the 4 cold months. But that's when we travel anyway.

After being here for almost 2 years, we are loving it more every day. Even this last winter's really cold didn't chase us away. I've made friends and feel welcomed. My "enthusiastic" personality may have turned off some folks but it has gained me the respect and friendship of many. I know we made the right choice: NYC to SW TN - population over 9 mil to population under 1,000. It works for me.
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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I agree.. I have a nice ( once ) foreclosed home several banks owned it.. Now it's mine... some elbow grease and some TLC.. it will be my little Tennessee Home. Works for me also..
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Adamsville, TN
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We are looking for rural areas within 15-20 minutes of a small town with a Walmart for shopping and medical facilities for when we might have a need for them. (We are retired and in our 70's but plan to be around for a couple more decades.) We are looking for forested acreage that is isolated but near a nice little town. A house with 3 bdrms and a pond or stream would be great. (Hey - how about a waterfall?????) Our price range is under $200,000 and the land and area is more important than the house but no mobile homes.
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Get to know the counties of Tennessee and look at the property tax and wheel tax if it applies in that county.. Then look at your needs.. School ~ Church's ~ Hospitals ~ Community ~ your likes & activities will determine were you plant your roots..

This link is for counties and much more.. the map is interactive just place your cursor on a county and click and explore Tennessee

http://www.tn.gov/local/
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:10 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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We are looking for rural areas within 15-20 minutes of a small town with a Walmart for shopping and medical facilities for when we might have a need for them. (We are retired and in our 70's but plan to be around for a couple more decades.) We are looking for forested acreage that is isolated but near a nice little town. A house with 3 bdrms and a pond or stream would be great. (Hey - how about a waterfall?????) Our price range is under $200,000 and the land and area is more important than the house but no mobile homes.

A lot of retirees move to Chattanooga area - artsy, hospitals, etc. but it's also expensive.


Depending on how much land, you are probably looking for western TN towns. BTW, everywhere has a Walmart - there's no escaping them.

We moved from the northeast to southwestern TN. It's not for everyone. We didn't even move to a town but outside of the towns so we only get county services - garbage pickup. We have to pay for ambulance/fire service. BUT, our taxes are miniscule. The local town has a hospital - 34 beds and a decent ER but for major health issues, if an emergency, it's air or ambulance ride to the big city near us with 2 hospitals.

We are halfway between Nashville and Memphis. Jackson is a spread-out southern type city with probably the same number of churches as can be found in all of NYC - at least Manhattan if not all the boroughs combined. It has been a big shift for us but one we expected - no surprises. Immediately outside of Jackson are some truly rural areas with good-sized farms - even some large farms in Jackson itself. Poverty rules here, however.

Would I choose to live here if we'd had more retirement income or a house to sell to buy here? No. I'd have chosen closer to Nashville. As in no further out than an hour. But that's based on living here for over a year and a half. We're actually pretty happy here - I've become active in animal rescue and made a lot of friends. Plus, you can't beat this weather. Pool's open already.

Nashville's airfares are much better than Memphis and it makes sense to drive 3 hours to Nashville rather than 2 to Memphis - that's how much of a difference in airfare.

Good luck. I think you'll like the pace of life and the pleasantness of living here.
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Old 11-24-2014, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Adamsville, TN
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Well, here we are about to suffer another winter in NW IL where our property taxes are about to kill us. We have a house under contract outside of Adamsville (with a 72 hr. kick-out clause to close on our house) and are shoveling out our first big snow. Sigh. How old will I be before we can finally move????? The good thing is that we could never have exited here in just a month or two. We know that now. We are busy selling/giving away/burning/taking to landfill lots of our possessions that we have accumulated over the years. Wow ---- all of a sudden those 'hoarder shows' start looking like real life. No, we aren't that bad but we sure do tend to save a lot of junk!

Our problem here is that we live in an absolute 18 acre paradise but in a not-so-great school district. So, we need people who are retired and want to live in the middle of nowhere or homeschoolers. I know it will happen but WHEN? Also, we will be bringing with us 5, YES FIVE - outdoor cats that are part of our family. It is a 10 hour drive so we are collecting dog crates and getting them used to sleeping in them. I still don't know how this can possibly happen but what are the alternatives. None.

So, wish us well please. Annie tells me I will be part of a new shelter in McNairy County and I probably will. We already have two giant labs (friendly to a fault) and I really can't wait to be part of the community.

As far as melding into a community, I think that is a choice. When we lived in the Chicago burbs, nobody ever waved at you if they didn't know you. Out here in the country everybody waves and smiles at everybody. Refreshing.
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