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Old 08-01-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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Sign up for property alerts in your areas at Homepath.com.
Their properties are initially offered only to owner occupants. I just saw a listing on there that I think was in one of the areas you listed: 4/5 Br (1 was a den) 3.45 Ba for $169K, gated community with a $50/mo HOA.
(I'm a recent transplant from NY, so I don't know Vegas neighborhoods that well.)

$400K is a huge budget, just keep in mind what you will pay to cool your huge space. When I had my utilities hooked up I asked each utility what the previous owner had been paying. I was shocked that the average water bill had been $250/mo! but they did have an irrigation system that I have disconnected and I'm going to tear up the lawn. (I don't have an HOA, so I can do what I damn want with my yard! :P)
Thanks for the website info. As a felow NY er How do you like it so far ? Did you get any negative attitudes from those NY ers you had talked with before your move ?
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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I always had to follow "I'm moving to Las Vegas" with a long list of advantages about the area that people are not aware of... I can see the mountains from my back yard, I have my own pool, the surrounding area is gorgeous and there are great places to visit on day trips, I can drive to the Grand Canyon, etc.
Most people only know the strip and never think of LV as a place where people actually live. When I mention the housing costs, I've gotten a lot of NYers interested in checking it out.
Good thing I have 2 spare bedrooms!
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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Something else to consider is that on the east coast, it is customary to use attorneys in real estate transactions. In Vegas, escrow companies do the work of real estate attorneys with the exception of complex transactions. That said, it might interest your wife to work for an escrow company while she prepares for the bar. Most big real estate firms in town retain in-house counsel and attorneys are definitely needed, but not for most transactions.

The security field in Vegas is broad. Plenty of opportunities to work as a private security guard on a part time basis and you should also consider casino work. Because you don't have any experience in casino work, prepare to start towards the bottom. You might get better pay in the personal security field or with government contractors.

Because you have limited income, I would rent in an area you enjoy and keep your expenses lean for a year or so while you and your wife plan for bigger and better things.

Southern Highlands is beautiful and I have been a resident almost since the beginning.

Your purchasing power is the same as it was at the communities inception in 1999-2000.
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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Something else to consider is that on the east coast, it is customary to use attorneys in real estate transactions. In Vegas, escrow companies do the work of real estate attorneys with the exception of complex transactions. That said, it might interest your wife to work for an escrow company while she prepares for the bar. Most big real estate firms in town retain in-house counsel and attorneys are definitely needed, but not for most transactions.

The security field in Vegas is broad. Plenty of opportunities to work as a private security guard on a part time basis and you should also consider casino work. Because you don't have any experience in casino work, prepare to start towards the bottom. You might get better pay in the personal security field or with government contractors.

Because you have limited income, I would rent in an area you enjoy and keep your expenses lean for a year or so while you and your wife plan for bigger and better things.

Southern Highlands is beautiful and I have been a resident almost since the beginning.

Your purchasing power is the same as it was at the communities inception in 1999-2000.
Tons of security work out here for those that qualify and have the right background. If you go to craigslist and type in security jobs, hundreds of jobs will pop up. They range from personal security, apartment security, gated communities, strip, hotel, casino, management, armed, unarmed, security escort, bouncers, night club security, video surveillance, courtesy patrol, loss prevention, bike patrol, security guard, corrections recruit...etc.

las vegas security jobs classifieds - craigslist

Every now and then I test the waters and submit my resume to ads that interest me. If I apply to 10 job listings, 7 will reply back with great feedback.
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:21 PM
 
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I have famiily in the "Foothills" development and was looking into that part of Southern Highlands.
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:18 PM
 
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Hello all, I have been lurking for YEARS and decided to jump in now. Let me introduce myself I am a NY resident and I am 40 yrs old. I have been dreaming of moving to LV for almost 20 yrs and been following the RE market in LV for a while. I am planning a move to either Summerlin 89138, 89144, Henderson 89012, 89052 and lastly Southern Highlands 89141. I am open to other Zip codes that others might recommend. I am married with 2 small children not in school yet. I am getting ready to retire next summer at the age of 41( I have the option of half pay NOW or keep working as long as I want up until 63 . I work for a Police Department in a Supervisory position here in NY and my wife is a real estate attorney and together we are comfortable financialy. How much of a risk am a taking by retireing on a pension and moving to LV. I plan to work again and hope to find a decent job in the security field with the resume I have devloped over the last 19 years in a wide variety of assignments, investigative, street patrol, training and managerial up the supv ranks. My wife would have to take the Nevada Bar and find employment in the real estate law field (10 yrs experience). We both love the weather and we spent a couple of weeks in August 105 degree plus and were not bothered by it, we also spent some time at a family members house in Southern Highlands and Green Valley. I get a lot of negative energy from co-workers and friends all the time about LV and what I am giving up here in NY. I am tired of the rainy, snowy cold weather and the awefull high taxes, income, property ect... I know this move is comming at the right time for myself and my family(low housing prices in LV and moving before my children become attached to NY) . What I am concerned about is finding work as I am only 40 yrs old now(I know I have a pension, but I still need to work) and how long it will take my wife to land a job with a law firm. Other than the employment issues I feel great about the move, as I have heard horror stories for those out of work or looking for work. Would it be the same issue for an attorney looking for work ? Have doctors and lawyers from professional fields been hit hard out there too ? I plan on putting my house on the market February 2011 and as soon as I have a binder I will aggressively shop for a home, but until I have a binder I will come out a few times to look. Any advice is welcomed and I come into this experince with an open mind. Thank you for reading and any imput.
I can understand your 'tiring of the rain, snow, and cold weather' as I moved from the East Coast 25 years ago and don't miss the elements. However, I do miss going to professional sporting events and holidays with long time friends and family.

Also, the school system here for your children would not be as good as New York's. I've touched on this before in previous post, and with the school budget cuts and teachers coming and going every few years makes for a fragile system.

There are many pluses in addition to the weather, you'd find less taxation here and, at the present, great real estate bargains.

Several Chief of Security for casinos are retired F.B.I. and Metro employees, who I'm sure had contacts to obtain their position.
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:28 PM
 
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Thank you Von. Seems like security is plenty, however it looks to either be around minimum wage or a nice salary for those with connections. I do not even mind starting at the bottom as long as I know I can advance. It isn't only about the money as I make good money here in NY, it is about quality of life and finding new challanges. I have done what I feel all I can do here in the PD and after 20 yrs it is time for a change.

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Old 08-01-2010, 04:42 PM
 
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I can understand your 'tiring of the rain, snow, and cold weather' as I moved from the East Coast 25 years ago and don't miss the elements. However, I do miss going to professional sporting events and holidays with long time friends and family.

Also, the school system here for your children would not be as good as New York's. I've touched on this before in previous post, and with the school budget cuts and teachers coming and going every few years makes for a fragile system.

There are many pluses in addition to the weather, you'd find less taxation here and, at the present, great real estate bargains.

Several Chief of Security for casinos are retired F.B.I. and Metro employees, who I'm sure had contacts to obtain their position.
You summed up the 2 main reasons for the move, overtaxation and very good real estate bargains now. As far as the education for the kids the schools here in NY are very good however you pay for that in taxes. If I or the wife can find a job in our fields then private school it is. I looked into Southern Highlands prep K-8. If jobs are an issue then I feel the zip codes I listed before have decent public schools in CC school district(feel free to chime in about the zip codes I threw out there). I know in the short term it is not the wisest move, but I beleive in the long term it is. If not now then when ? A big part of the move next year is to situate my 2 daughters before they become rooted with friends in NY. I don't want to move a preteen across county as my daughters are everything to me.

I know who you know is very important in landing one of those Chief of Security jobs and I know those jobs are a long shot. I just hope my resume gets me in the door and then I will give it my all and see where it goes from there. I really enjoyed my time with the PD, but again life is about challanges and to keep setting goals and achieving them. Beleive me I know there is "no free lunch" in LV, NY or anywhere.
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:55 PM
 
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Something else to consider is that on the east coast, it is customary to use attorneys in real estate transactions. In Vegas, escrow companies do the work of real estate attorneys with the exception of complex transactions. That said, it might interest your wife to work for an escrow company while she prepares for the bar. Most big real estate firms in town retain in-house counsel and attorneys are definitely needed, but not for most transactions.

The security field in Vegas is broad. Plenty of opportunities to work as a private security guard on a part time basis and you should also consider casino work. Because you don't have any experience in casino work, prepare to start towards the bottom. You might get better pay in the personal security field or with government contractors.

Because you have limited income, I would rent in an area you enjoy and keep your expenses lean for a year or so while you and your wife plan for bigger and better things.

Southern Highlands is beautiful and I have been a resident almost since the beginning.

Your purchasing power is the same as it was at the communities inception in 1999-2000.
I beleive NY has more casinos than LV, except they are all underground. I should know as I have served with vice and investigated many of them. I beleive that LV area has around 70 something casinos(correct me if I am wrong) I know NY has HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS all though they are all underground with the exception of a handfull.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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The pre-concieved negative notions of your fellow NY'ers about moving to Las Vegas are said in ignorance. I'm not surprised

We have so many NY'ers here in Las Vegas, you can walk in any store (I'm not talking about tourist places, I'm talking neighborhood stores) and you'll feel like in your in New York with the Brooklyn/NYC/LI accents you hear.

Scout around the internet and see about getting an interview for a job, having employment before you get here in these times would be a good idea.

Have you ever visited Las Vegas before? Maybe a "scouting" trip would be the best thing for you and your wife as well. And I'm not talking about doing the tourist thing either. Rent a car, drive neighborhoods in the zips you posted, see if you or your wife can get a interview.

You'll have to compromise, schools here are not that great. Car registration and sometimes car insurance will be higher here, but there is no state income tax either. Sales tax is about the same, same thing with food. Utilities are less here if you're currently on LI or in one of the 5 boroughs.

Where in NY are you living now?
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