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Old 02-19-2009, 01:09 PM
 
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My family and I (husband, 14 yr-old, and 20 month-old) live in Waltham, MA. We recently had to sell our house, because the cost of living here is just too out of our reach. We have been researching places to relocate to for MONTHS! We narrowed our search down to NC or SC, however, they are suffering from such high unemployment rates, that we would like to lern more about GA. I used to be a teacher, but resigned, after having the baby. My husband is a welder. Also, since I do not work, we are only approved to buy a home for around $100K. That would work in the Carolinas, what about in GA? My family is diverse and I want to make sure we are accepted, especially with a teen. I appreciate any help you could give me!
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Augusta GA
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Actually, GA's unemployment rate is just as high as NC's if not higher. Might not have the easiest time finding a job here.
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: HELL a.k.a Columbus, GA
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Honestly, since you're a teacher and most states have a teacher shortage, it may be easier for you to find a job versus your husband. Welding is a speciality and I'm not sure it's a field that he can easily find employment in somewhere else. What kind of welding does he do? Have you thought about reversing roles (you trying to find a job teaching in whatever state you want to move to and him staying home with the kids until he can find something and you guys get settled)?

If you're looking for diversity, you'll want to stay around the more populated cities, Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah. You can get a home in the 100K in Georgia but that depends on the area. Unless you can find a really good deal on a foreclosure, you may not be able to find a home in the neighborhood you want in that price range.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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The link for the unemployment rates was great to see. I honestly never thought about going back to teaching, and having my husband stay home. That may just be what we will have to do. My husband does mig, tig, and arc welding. He has worked on structural projects, as well as, in shops. He would be in heaven if he could some day land a job working on cars/motorcyles! Thank you both for your help and we will keep plugging away to try to make our move happen.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:29 AM
 
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You're going to have a tough time finding a teaching position in GA- most areas are either not hiring, are only hiring a fraction of what they hired in previous years, or are actually cutting back. Your budget for housing will be a challenge if you're planning to buy, though for what a $100k mortgage would cost, you could rent something fairly decent in many places. Your housing dollars may go further in some of the smaller communities as opposed to in/near Atlanta, but job opportunities will be fewer as well.

My advice would be not to make the move without knowing where you'll be working.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:35 PM
 
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Look in North Carolina.. not as hot and alot better place to live!
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:30 AM
 
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Look in North Carolina.. not as hot and alot better place to live!
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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Won't find a house in a decent area around Atlanta or Savannah for that price. Check Columbus, Rome or Athens.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:04 AM
 
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Athens is nice and rents are cheap. Lagrange area just a got a Kia plant so there may be some welding jobs down that way. Main thing is to find work first or be confident you can get work before making the move. Sure realestate is less expensive here, but finding jobs wont be any easier, and without a decent income.. cheap realestate prices don't mean much.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:53 AM
 
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Our fear would be to end up in the same situation that we are in, up here in MA. I think it is definitely worth us researching Athens. Are there major cities in the area that you would suggest we focus on for our job search? Thanks!
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