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Old 08-04-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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Hello everybody,
my family (wife and 2 kids:6 months and 3 years old) are thinking of moving back to SoCA in approx. 2 years when economic conditions hopefully improve by then. We currently live in Houston, and regardless good job and decent local economy, we simply do not like it ! We have lived in the Los Angeles area for almost 20years and simply miss the good, old CA lifestyle.
I have noticed that home affordability in a few areas (Chino Hills,Lake Forest,Aliso Viejo,Simi Valley, etc.) has improved and we could afford a 3bdr. (town)house for approx. $300,000.
Most important to us is safe area with good schools and of course, source of income. I am in the IT industry (Network/Server Administrator) with over 13 years of experience and several certifications. I am guessing, I could probably make over $65,000/year but I can put down 20% on a home so that monthly mortgage payments are lower. Wife is housewife for now but we neither have any debt at all.
We are thinking of visiting SoCA this Thanksgiving to get a feel for everything and even have a second choice in case we don't feel it's worth it. That is Northern Virginia/D.C. area where jobs are plenty and education is solid. But , we definitely want to give CA first choice and are not so thrilled by snow and cold weather in the Northeast.
Now, do you all think it is a bad idea to move back to CA after all the fiscal mess or do you feel things will improve eventually,especially regarding taxes, public education, and quality of life in general?
Thanks for all your opinion!
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:09 AM
 
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Just be sure to keep in mind that no one has a clue where the housing market is going to be 2 years from now (or the economy for that matter). The prices may be going back up again so that same affordable housing may or may not be available. It's hard to predict 2 months out let alone 2 years.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:03 AM
 
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That is very true but I forgot to mention, we might buy by end of this year and rent it until we think time is right for the move.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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That is very true but I forgot to mention, we might buy by end of this year and rent it until we think time is right for the move.
If you own in Houston this might not be such a good idea.
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:06 PM
 
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No, we rent.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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We are thinking of visiting SoCA this Thanksgiving to get a feel for everything and even have a second choice in case we don't feel it's worth it. That is Northern Virginia/D.C. area where jobs are plenty and education is solid. But , we definitely want to give CA first choice and are not so thrilled by snow and cold weather in the Northeast.
Now, do you all think it is a bad idea to move back to CA after all the fiscal mess or do you feel things will improve eventually,especially regarding taxes, public education, and quality of life in general?
Thanks for all your opinion!
DC/Virgina gets cold for sure but it's not not nearly as bad as the Northeast (NY, Boston, etc.) Temps tend to warm up in late February. Some years go by without any significant snowfall, and about every 6 years or so you get the big storm. It's warm through the fall through mid-November or so.

But if you miss California, forget about DC. Taxes in California won't improve to any substantial degree in my opinion... so don't dwell on that. Public schools are generally fine outside of LAUSD, depending on the town/school district of course. But since you like the California lifestyle, you'd probably be happiest there, so I think you know the answer.
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Old 08-04-2009, 04:48 PM
 
Location: United States
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Hello everybody,
my family (wife and 2 kids:6 months and 3 years old) are thinking of moving back to SoCA in approx. 2 years when economic conditions hopefully improve by then. We currently live in Houston, and regardless good job and decent local economy, we simply do not like it ! We have lived in the Los Angeles area for almost 20years and simply miss the good, old CA lifestyle.
I have noticed that home affordability in a few areas (Chino Hills,Lake Forest,Aliso Viejo,Simi Valley, etc.) has improved and we could afford a 3bdr. (town)house for approx. $300,000.
Most important to us is safe area with good schools and of course, source of income. I am in the IT industry (Network/Server Administrator) with over 13 years of experience and several certifications. I am guessing, I could probably make over $65,000/year but I can put down 20% on a home so that monthly mortgage payments are lower. Wife is housewife for now but we neither have any debt at all.
We are thinking of visiting SoCA this Thanksgiving to get a feel for everything and even have a second choice in case we don't feel it's worth it. That is Northern Virginia/D.C. area where jobs are plenty and education is solid. But , we definitely want to give CA first choice and are not so thrilled by snow and cold weather in the Northeast.
Now, do you all think it is a bad idea to move back to CA after all the fiscal mess or do you feel things will improve eventually,especially regarding taxes, public education, and quality of life in general?
Thanks for all your opinion!
You miss SoCal...but if it don't work you wanna go even further east to the DC area? You think Houston sucks try the DC area. Very VERY far the California lifestyle you miss.
So many people left Ca during our recession and I'm betting there will be more posts like this one where people are not happy in the states they moved to and try frantically to get back to the coast. Good luck to you but I'd try for Ca and forget about DC and the tight A's there.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:07 PM
 
Location: GA
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I moved to Ga, 5 years ago. I'm still a CA girl at heart and I'm debating if I will move back home. There is nothing like the beach, friendly people, different cultures, quality of life. Priceless. I was born and raised in CA and it's still in my heart. I asked myself would I go back to make more money, have a higher standard of living and trade my house for an apartment.............................shu nuff might do it next year.
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