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Old 03-05-2010, 09:44 AM
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Hello everyone! Thank you all for being around to answer such good questions about your area!

My husband and I are planning to move to the Raleigh-Durham area, maybe Chapel Hill? We are not sure yet, but we know we want to get out of central NY!

We are planning to move in/around November, when our lease is up. We wanted to take a 'recon' trip down there to see what was going on, maybe in early June. So my question.... Is there anything we should do/places we should go to get a good idea of what's happening down there? How is parking in the middle of the cities? I'm not a city person, and though I don't mind being in one, parking in one scares the crap out of me.
Is there going to be anything special/of interest going on in April-July, that maybe we can plan to be down there to see?

My husband is a computer graphic artist, so it's not a high tech job, but a tech job nonetheless. I know that the job situation is bad there, but he's got a better chance there than in our little town, that's for sure!
I'm into mobile home investing, and from the preliminary research I've done, there are MANY parks down that way! What is the feeling/look of the mobile home parks down there? We have relatively few up here, and they are not very well kept and packed in like sardines, with barely enough room to park a car. (I would love to connect with any of you that happen to be into mobile home investing!)

So yeah. We're just looking to make our trip down that way as productive as possible. And maybe stop at Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion on the way back! Thank you for reading such a long post, and thanks in advance for the advice!
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:10 PM
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Hello BowenBride - My wife and I are in temporary housing in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, having come here recently from Broome County, NY while waiting for inherited house closing scheduled for 4/15. We had no reason to suffer any longer in Binghamton, hate FL, and didn't care enough for southwest PA to stay here any longer than necessary. We are quickly trying to determine if the general Raleigh area has more to offer and our first impression is that conventional houses in areas with basic amenities (not in outer suburbia or the boondocks) have asking prices of well over $150k. That potentially puts us in the doublewide mobile home category, hopefully NOT in a "park rental" setting. I'm subscribing to this thread in the hope that you will get a response to your posting and maybe generate some discussion on whether or not it's possible for people of modest means to live in the Raleigh area. We are retired on social security with IBM pension, but with the financial markets in taters are afraid to put anymore money into purchased housing than absolutely necessary. Good luck to you and your spouse.
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:28 PM
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It is possible for folks of a "modest" mean to live in and around Raleigh.

If you do not have a job upon arrival, you should have minimum 6 months (some will say 12-18 months) of finances to get you through until (if?) you get employment.

What does a mobile home investing person do?

There are some "parks" in the are. Many are family owned and set up on family land.

There are modular developments. The northern equivalent of subdivisions, kind of but not really.

As for what to include?

Definitely a job search If you haven't already found employment or have a nice stash of cash to get by on.

Having employment will influence your choices of residence.
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:22 PM
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If you're looking for a mobile home coming from a small town, then check in northern durham up 15-501 between I-85 and Quail Roost Farm. You may find some mobiles in the 50-100k range with 0.5-10acre lots and you will be looking at a 30-40min commute to downtown Raleigh. As far as a 'recon' trip: make sure you cover downtown chapel hill (franklin street), downtown durham (american tobacco district), and raleigh. Hillsborough is a nice place to check out as well (to visit and to shop for homes) especially the historic district. Make sure you pick up some good local BBQ on your trip -- Allen & Son makes some good old fashion NC BBQ located on your way to Hillsborough. Good luck!
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