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Old 10-18-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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I'm a teacher from Puerto Rico, with planning on relocating at NOVA. I have several job offers, from MD, DC, and VA, but the two that are most interested for me are on Alexandia and the other is in REston. The beggining salary is 30,800. I know is not so much, but compare in PR that is a LOT. Ok, I was looking for aptos in the area of Reston and there are extremely expensive. I can start with an apt, between 800 or 900 months. So I thought that I will look at cities or county near Reston, where I can take the metro and get to my possible job.

Can anyone advice me of places (counties, cities) were is not so expansive and that I can get to Reston via public transportation. I don't think I will be a car inmediatly. I'm able to pay 800, 900, maybe a 1,000 for an apto, but not more that that.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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That salary is (IMO) too low to live near Reston or Alexandria, especially if you don't have a car and don't plan to buy one. I'd look at some other job opportunities in other cities, if it was me. If you do decide to come out here your best bet for an inexpensive apartment near Reston would probably be in Herndon or Sterling Park. If you really like to walk, you might find a place that's walking distance (but it's doubtful). I'm not sure what the bus connections would be like, but you could google that.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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There is no metro to Reston. There are buses that run, but you won't be able to take the subway.

Would you be open to a roommate? In my opinion, that's the only way it would be affordable to live here on that salary. My husband and I paid $1600/month for a 2 bedroom apartment in Alexandria, directly on a bus line. If you shared that with a roommate, it'd fit your $800 budget. (Utilities were extra)
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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There is no metro to Reston. There are buses that run, but you won't be able to take the subway.

Would you be open to a roommate? In my opinion, that's the only way it would be affordable to live here on that salary. My husband and I paid $1600/month for a 2 bedroom apartment in Alexandria, directly on a bus line. If you shared that with a roommate, it'd fit your $800 budget. (Utilities were extra)

I'm open to roommate, the only worry is How to choose the best one. I've seen classified, but I do not know if I should trust them???!!!
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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Not sure if you can still negotiate the job offer, but check out Salary.com - Average Salary Information, Job Search, Education Opportunities and Career Advice to see if the offer is inline.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Not sure if you can still negotiate the job offer, but check out Salary.com - Average Salary Information, Job Search, Education Opportunities and Career Advice to see if the offer is inline.
Pretty impossible with a public school district. They have salary schedules, and all first year teachers with bachelors degrees make the same amount. Private schools might allow you to negotiate a little more, but it's not like the corporate world.


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I'm open to roommate, the only worry is How to choose the best one. I've seen classified, but I do not know if I should trust them???!!!
It's luck of the draw. I've emailed back and forth, met up in person, and gone with my gut. There is no guarantee. You may be able to find a short term lease under the "temporary" section on craigslist. Then, if you like the roommate you could renew. If you didn't, it'd only be a few months until you could move.
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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Pretty impossible with a public school district. They have salary schedules, and all first year teachers with bachelors degrees make the same amount. Private schools might allow you to negotiate a little more, but it's not like the corporate world.




It's luck of the draw. I've emailed back and forth, met up in person, and gone with my gut. There is no guarantee. You may be able to find a short term lease under the "temporary" section on craigslist. Then, if you like the roommate you could renew. If you didn't, it'd only be a few months until you could move.


Thanks for your advice!!!
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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I think your best option would be to room with someone. I have a friend who is in her 2d yr of teaching (early childhood) and she shares a house with 2 other professional young people.

You didn't mention specific schools. Depending where the school is located, you might be able to find a place within walking distance to the school.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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Another option is potentially finding someone who is renting out a basement apartment in their house. My mom is currently looking for a tenant for her basement near Tysons Corner (private entry, with its own kitchen). Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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I'm surprised about the salary. $30K seems to be extremely low for a teacher's salary in this area. Would you working in a public or private school?

Having learned a bit from my lady who teaches in Fairfax County Public Schools, around $40K would seem to be reasonable for, say, someone fresh out of college with a bachelor's degree to expect. You would still benefit from one roommate on that, but at least you won't need three or four of them. An apparently bilingual person such as yourself could command even more of a premium as there are a lot of Spanish-speaking kids here.
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