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Old 06-24-2007, 01:24 AM
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Under normal circumstances, I would not care about the opinon of complete strangers. In this case, I'd love to know what all of you think. My wife and I are both 26. I am a carpenter and she is a junior accountant. We have lived in South Eastern Canada all of our lives. Working in construction, the weather can wreak havoc on a work week. summer time...75-95 degree heat with unbearable humidity from mid June- Mid August , winter time can reach temps of -40, w/horrible wind chill, heavy snowfall and freezing rain, From Dec - mid March. Don't missunderstand me. Canada is a very beautiful country and other than the weather, there are'nt too many negative things to say about it. We simply feel that it is time for a change. I have always wanted to live in CA, and after a visit to the Bay area, I knew that CA was the place for me.( We dont necessarily want to live in the bay area) We currently reside between Toronto and Montreal, in a town of roughly 5000 people. The next nearest city (15-20 min commute)has a population in the neighborhood of 117,000. We are open to suggestion as to what part of CA would be most suitable for both of us, and similar to the area we currently reside? We both realize that the cost of living is quite a bit higher than what it is here. This is not really a huge issue w/either of us. We're not looking to move to CA and become wealthy, but we dont want to go broke either. We currently own a house worth,in the area of $200,000 CDN. Where might a good place be, that would be similar to where we are now? Minus the negative weather. I should state that where we live, 15 degrees , most are still wearing shorts, and 0 degrees some are still barbequing. So your worst weather is'nt really a big concern either. Where would we be most likely to find "successful/reasonable" employment in both of our careers? (Carpenter & Accountant) Your input/advice will be taken constructivly and greatly appreciated, so please, don't hesitate in your response. Any further info, please ask for. All of your info/opinons are important. Thanks _Doctorljcc
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:23 AM
Location: Avondale, AZ
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Have you done the research for the immigration issues or are you also American citizens?
California is a very large state with many diverse areas that are different as night and day. San Diego is my favorite. I don't think your wife will have a problem with employment. Our daughter just got her accounting degree last year and got a job right away. She was just offered another position in a larger company, which she took, and was even given a bonus for accepting.
Carpenters had been in high demand, but with construction slowing, you might have a problem. Finish carpenters might have a better chance due to all the remodels. I had a carpenter friend who was well connected and could pick and choose the jobs he wanted, at least in 2004. In construction you will be competing against illegals.
BTW> when you say 15 degrees, I assume you mean Centigrade, not Farenheit.
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:33 PM
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Hi Doc. I moved from B.C. to California back in the 60s. Love Calif! I have a green card which enables me to work and live in the U.S. as long as I want. You may have some problems immigrating here - my brother (who lives in B.C.) had found a job in Las Vegas but the ins would not let him move down here. He has an impeccable record by the way.

California: I live on the Central Coast (Santa Barbara,Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo area) and our housing has gone thru the sky. Expect to pay around $350,000 for a tract home. There are cheaper places but these are in the desert areas. You might look into the San Diego area, Ventura area would be nice , our central coast area is the best but carpenter work is seasonal and your wife would probably find a job paying about $10-$12 hour easily enough. Trouble is that rentals are around $1200 to $1800 for a house and wages are low.

Hope I've helped somewhat.
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