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Old 12-30-2006, 05:19 PM
 
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Hi - new to the site & just beginning to think about relocating from Western MA after a almost a lifetime here (very near Springfield, no less.) Husband & I are middle aged, working class with no small children. We don't own our own home and after many years of struggle are in a position to purchase but the prospect of living in this area for the remainder of our lives is not the most cheerful one. Would love to hear some advice from anyone who's started over completely someplace new. For instance, once you've determined where you'd like to live, how do you secure a job & housing without completely exhausting your savings in the process?

Sorry if this is misposted but I didn't see a general "how to" forum. Thanks in advance!

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Old 12-30-2006, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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There is a general US forum, maybe you could find further help there. I guess you would want to look at what kind of environment/climate you would like to live in and determine if there is likely employment available. Obviously you would need to rent first. I would narrow it down to a few states and visit those forums to see how difficult it would be to secure employment with your skills. I can certainly understand that you would want to relocate given your current location, best of luck.
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Old 01-01-2007, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Currently live in TN, but moving to MA
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My family and I have moved/lived all over the US. Since you don't have to worry about any school systems that will make it easier. Every time we have moved we have started our search first with considering climate. What kind of weather do you want to live in? Do you want snow or do you prefer warmer temperatures? Along with this website also look atModerator cut: linking to competitors sites is not allowed It is a really good site for obtaining info regarding weather, population, cost of housing, etc. Once you narrow it down a little look at online newspapers for the areas you are considering. The easiest way to found housing whether you are buying or renting is to look at the housing ads. You can usually find real estate ads for companies that are selling and/or renting homes/apartments and then you can go on their websites and get a good idea of housing costs. Also if renting first, try looking at the following sites: homerentalads.com and rentclicks.com. Some cities are better then others for adverstising on these sites, but it is a good place to start. As far as relo costs and exhausting your savings that is a tough one, but you could start with renting an apartment instead of a house. Many times apartments will runs special offers with 1-3 months free rent depending on the size of the apt and how long of a lease you are willing to sign. Also while renting a truck and moving yourself is physically hardwork, doing it yourself instead of hiring a company will save you money as well. Good luck!!!!!!!

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Old 01-01-2007, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Currently live in TN, but moving to MA
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Also I forgot to mention: apartmentguide.com. This is a good website if you are interested in renting an apt first. Many of the ads have virtual tours, photos, monthly rent and floorplans listed. Again, GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!

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