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Old 02-20-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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We are looking at moving away from N.E. Michigan. Although we love how beautiful it is, we have some goals:

Get into multi-family real estate - a place that has cash flow positive rents.

Sports: Good competitive sport teams, in order of importance: Swimming, downhill skiing, biking, running. motocross, speed skating. (from winter sports we can be a few hours away)

We have 2 daughters, ages 10 and 8- that are homeschool, but we are looking for a non-religious community (a lot of homeschools tend to be very religious).

We need a fun active downtown that is walk-able

Safe, friendly and open-minded

We don't care really what state, what region- we have the ability to to anywhere in the US.

Currently thinking about other locations in MI, although this is not ideal, and we were thinking FL just because of Disney. But I am hearing a lot of ying/yang on the sate- most people saying it is not safe in most parts and getting very little direction where is safe.

So, toss out your fave town or region and WHY!


ETA: I am for the Pacific North West, and grew up in the Seattle area. My husband grew up by Ann Arbor.

Much thanks!!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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After reading through your criteria a couple of times in my opinion you should focus on college towns. They tend to be safe, open-minded, offer vibrant downtown areas and have a perpetual need for multi-family housing option (particularly targeting the grad school population). Moderately priced options like Charlottesville (VA), Blacksburg (VA), Morgantown (WV) and Athens (GA) would be my suggestion.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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We actually do focus (when looking) on college towns :-) Central MI is a great college town for price v's rents. But, we are wanting to expand our travels a little. I will for sure look into those towns you suggested!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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Look into parts of Upstate NY. For instance, for what you want to do, you can look into some of the college towns or smaller cities with colleges and possibly look into renting to students. You could possibly make some money that way. Perhaps a scenario where you buy a property like this: OSWEGO Real Estate - 121 E 4th St, OSWEGO, NY, 13126 Then, in turn use it to rent to students at the local SUNY campus and potentially make a profit that way. Oswego is about 40 minutes north of Syracuse. So, it isn't too far from a bigger city. I'm not saying to specifically do this, but that is an idea that could work for what you are looking to do. other similar communities up here are: Oneonta, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Fredonia, Cortland, Brockport, Geneseo and Canton.

Given what you are looking for in other aspects, I'd say to look specifically into Ithaca or maybe even parts of the bigger Upstate NY cities. Ithaca is essentially a smaller version of Ann Arbor, just as a frame of reference. plattsburgh may be a sleeper in that it has a 2 and 4 year college(both SUNY), is by the Adirondack Mtns.(including communities like Lake Placid and Saranac Lake), has a free city beach for city residents on Lake Champlain, is an hour south of Montreal and across the lake from Burlington VT, has an overall COL just below the national average and is largely safe. Glens Falls is another community that comes to mind as well.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Cash flow real estate seems to be possible in Texas and in Detroit. But only if you are really careful what you buy.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Northwest college towns: Eugene OR, Corvallis OR, Olympia WA, Bellingham WA, Pullman WA, Missoula MT.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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I actually grew up outside of Seattle in Olympia and my grandma lived in Corvallis when I was growing up. Both beautiful. Although not sure I want to be in the PNW again... not out of the question, but wanting to get out of my comfort zone a bit. Although WA and OR are pretty beautiful, they are not very competitive in sports and WA is horrid on the price to rent ratio.
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