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Old 11-15-2018, 02:09 PM
 
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My husband and I currently live in Southern California, we are originally from Central California and decided to follow our dreams and move to Southern California. However, those dreams are slowly slipping away as it is not what we thought. We are paying about $1700 for a 1bedroom and 1bathroom with NO washer/dryer, plus utilities and other bills we have. I am only working part time and he is between part time/full time. Back in Central California, we lived with family and had decent jobs so we were doing great but we did not like the area at all. We don't want to end up back in the Central area. We do have Bachelor's Degree in education. They are not being used because we can't afford the credential program right now and it takes a process. Even if we did pursue teaching, we would get into more debt and would never afford to buy a house within the next 5 years.


When would be the best time to move? We were thinking of leaving in March. We do have the money to move over there, and we just need to decide when and where.

We were thinking of moving to Texas in the DFW area, both of us have family there. We would become teachers, and we love how inexpensive the process to become certified. Is it easy to find a teaching job in DFW? I know the housing is fairly inexpensive, and we would be able to afford a house there within the next 5 years.

How is the weather? We have not visited in 10 years, we do know it get super cold in the winter and super hot in the summer along with humidity. In Central California it does get to the low 30s in the winter and in the summer can be really dry up to the 100s so the only thing we are not used to is the humidity. Although, in Southern California we are spoiled with 70s-80s weather temperature.

The areas we are thinking to move to are: Keller, Saginaw, Bedford, Euless, Colleyville, North Richland Hills. Anything North of Fort Worth. How are those areas for a married couple in their late 20s? How is the traffic? We are vegetarian, any great food places for vegetarians? We would be in an apartment until we get into our careers, is it easy to get an apartment?

Any advice on moving to the area would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Find the job before you decide where to live permanently. Traffic here is definitely heavy; we have 7.4 million people in DFW! The DFW area is HUGE, and commutes can be brutal if you live too far from your job (example: living in Colleyville and working in Saginaw). If you have to, sign a 6 month lease so you aren't locked into a long-term commitment. It might be difficult to get an apartment without a job to verify income.

Colleyville is great, but it's a luxury community with few apartments. Saginaw is the polar opposite of Colleyville; it is very blue collar. All of the other communities are middle income and safe areas.

www.weather.com can give you weather info.
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:06 PM
 
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What subject and grade do you teach? My wife is a high school history teacher and finding jobs that don't require coaching responsibilities is near impossible. If you are willing to teach in a more "inner city" district, jobs will be easier to find. Upper class districts like Keller and Colleyville are very competitive.

I don't know how they compare to SoCal but teacher salaries in this state are pretty lackluster. Its not uncommon for people with Masters degrees to still make < $50,000 a year.

Winter is fine. It gets cold but not unbearable. A light to medium jacket is usually enough. The July/August heat and humidity is another story. 110 degree heat index is not uncommon. Unless you have a pool spending much time outside during the late summer is brutal.
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