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Old 02-10-2008, 02:05 PM
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I live in South Jordan in the Daybreak community. I am 18 miles from IMFT. My drive takes me 20-25 minutes. There are MANY IM Flashers that live in Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs. The shifts start early enough that you would not find much traffic coming in from out east.

I think your biggest problem will be finding a place for $200k. Anywhere.
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:29 PM
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There was a big article in this past weekends paper about some communities in Eagle Mountain that are still affordable.

Eagle Mountain Communities

Specifically, Pioneer Builders claimed to have a couple of house plans starting at 150K. I don't know anything about those particular builders, but it might give you a starting place.

Good luck!
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:06 PM
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My husband works for IM Flash and we have been here in Utah since March last year. He works shift work, but regularly has to go in to work outside his rostered hours for classes and meetings. For this reason we decided to try and find a house that was close to work. (He didn't want to spend an hour driving to attend a 1/2 hour meeting). I don't know what sort of position you are interviewing for, but classes and meetings are common, so you might like to ask about this in your interview.
We looked all over Lehi, Cedar Hills, American Fork, Highland and Alpine in Utah County. We also looked at Daybreak in West Jordan (and I know quite a few people from IM Flash live there) but having spent 2 months in Riverton in company housing when we first relocated, my husband decided he didn't like the 20-30 commute each way. Still I know some people who have come from California who think a 30 minute commute is nothing! In then end we bought a house in Suncrest (on the Utah County side) that is only 6 minutes from the IM Flash carpark. Unfortunately you won't find any houses in the 200K price range in Suncrest, but you should find quite a few in the Lehi area. I don't know how many days you will be here when you interview, but if you have time I would recommend that you spend one day with a real estate agent looking at a selection of houses to get a feel for what is available. Before we moved here I did quite a bit of research on the internet to find houses in our price range that I liked the look of, with Google Maps handy to check out the various locations relative to IMFlash. IM Flash also put us in touch with a realtor before we moved. We gave him our ideas on price, location, style of house and some examples I'd found on the internet and he had some places lined up for us to look at as soon as we got here.
You will find that houses out at Saratoga Springs or Eagle Mountain are well-priced. The houses will be mostly new, on "bigger" blocks of land and generally provide more square footage for your money. The drawback, as some others on this forum have mentioned is that the road access is pretty poor. There is only one main road to the freeway (and IM Flash beyond) and it is single lane in both directions and pretty busy at nearly any time of day. Still there are quite a few people that my husband works with who have bought homes in these areas. It's a question of what is more important to you. If you can stay East of the freeway (I15) you will find getting to and from work (and shops and entertainment and outdoor activities) easier. However, there are also some nice new homes in the Thanksgiving Point area (in Lehi just west of I15) that are in your price range that aren't so bad access-wise. Most of these new homes though are on tiny blocks of land.
Another consideration is what sort of lifestyle you want. The southern suburbs in Salt Lake County (Draper, Sandy) will provide you with better access to restaurants, the canyons (for skiing, hiking, mountain biking etc), entertainment (concerts, live theater) and the bigger more cosmpolitan shopping centers. Herriman and Daybreak are also closer to the city and culture although further west from the mountain attractions and a longer drive from IMFlash.
Apart from checking out houses, if you have time during your visit, I would suggest you head into the city and take a wander around Temple Square and the nearby shopping area called The Gateway Mall. If you have any interest in mountain activities then a drive up Big or Little Cottonwood Canyons is very scenic (even if you aren't going to ski). Another option is to head east from Orem (south of IM Flash), drive through Provo Canyon and visit Sundance Resort. You don't have to ski, you can just take a wander around the resort and have a nice lunch at the Deli or Foundry Grill.
If you have more time then a visit to Park City, Great Salt Lake or Antelope Island (out in the lake but accessed by a road causeway. There's a good park visitor center there and you can see Bison roaming on the island), are other options.
Good luck with your interview. I hope you enjoy your visit here. Our family are certainly very happy with our move.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by DP525 View Post
The shifts start early enough that you would not find much traffic coming in from out east.
Duh. Make that out WEST. Eagle Mountain is WEST.
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:53 AM
Location: Maryland
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Thanks for your replies. I will definetly take all of this into consideration. I guess the cost of living in Utah is not as low as I was thinking. I'll have to wait until I get there to get a feel for the place though. I have never been out west.
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:30 PM
Location: San Jose, CA
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IMF'ers. I posted a question a few months ago re: IMF. I'll try again since there seems to be a lot more IMF'ers now. Question was: Is IMFT fully staffed? I heard that there were plans to have around 2,500 employees when all positions filled. I also heard there may be as much as 3,000. So what's the scoop? Are they (IMFT) still staffing? If the positions have not yet been filled, when do they anticipate having full compliment of employees?
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