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Old 12-18-2008, 07:24 PM
 
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Hello, I am just an average guy. I don't have a few million to build a chalet on the side of a mountain. I currently live in Houston, the armpit of Texas. if it weren't for the reasonable well-built housing here, there would be no reason to live here at all.

After moving here eight months ago, my wife and 4000 others lost their job..now everyone in the medical field is vying for the same position and the med community is responding like there is a plague at their door by hiring from within! BELIEVE ME, ONLY THE SHADOW OF MUCH WORSE TIMES TO COME.

My wife has an interview in Bozeman after the first of the year. The job looks good but is 20k less than she made here and the cost of living is much higher there. I am e=unemployed and have been trying to get a job for quite some time.

From what I gather, electricity is high, taxes are low and housing is just plain stupid and from the looks of things, not that well built.

I have a very nice house here in Houston with pool and hottub, fully landscaped with all the gizmos and I only paid 239,00. From what I have seen, this house would be close to 400k in Bozeman.

Can someone tell me where a guy who is on a tight budget and has spent his savings in unemployment would find a nice, well built house, with a large yard, maybe some trees, a 2 car garage and nice amenities?? I will travel a least 20 miles to get some extra room and/or a better house.
I need about 2500 sqft. Also considering a townhouse but I have big dogs.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:47 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Well I thought I would scoot you up a bit. I can not help you with the specifications you are asking for, I can only say the weather is a factor in commute time just about anywhere in the state. Montana is sparsely populated so maybe start with the specific type of job you wife is looking at and we can help you from there, are you only interested in Bozeman? BTW IMO the real estate bubble is breaking here so I would caution buying big just because you can.
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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Default Wife will work in Bozeman

My wife will be working for DEACONESS hospital if she is offered the job. That is in Bozeman we understand. She was making mid 70s here and probably around 55 there.

As for bubble bursting. I dont' see a downswing in RE there - only the lack of inventory. This is, at the average guy level. Now, there are a lot of 1, 2, and 3 million dollar homes on the market near Bozeman.

Being from Tennessee originally has spoiled us. Texas is one sprawling subdivision after another with zero lot lines and 60x100 lots. Houston is a no-scenic zone

In Tennessee, we 3 acres, streams, trees, trails ad then we moved to this dirt hole so if we move to Bozeman, we'd sure like to have, at least an acre and, preferably more -- but our budget will top at about 250k and we need 3br/2ba with a 2 car garage and no less than 2500 sq feet.

Like I said, it is a shame that one gets teh chance to come to a place like Bozeman and has to live the suburban life with so much wide open space around.

Thanks for any help
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:42 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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anyone help with Bozeman info?
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