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Old 07-23-2006, 03:16 PM
 
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Hello everyone! My wife and I are seriously considering a move out of the DC metro area by summer 2007. We are looking for places to relocate to in the south/southeast or possibly Texas. We are unhappy up here with the cost of living/housing in the DC metro area (starter homes in desirable neighborhoods with desirable schools for your kids are over $390K --- this would be OUT of our price range). We are glad that the DC area is vibrant for jobs and economic growth, but if you are NOT already a homeowner, you are priced out of the housing market in the DC area (how do people make it here? But, that's another forum). Anyway, we are looking for a lower cost area in Texas or the south/southeast USA, with good schools and jobs for our respective careers (me -- computer specialist with the Fed Govt; she -- medical/health records field).

We'd love to be able to buy a home, with space to grow, and a decent-sized yard for our 2 kids to play in (ages 7 and 5), but we can't see it happening with (what we call) over-priced homes here in the DC area (at least homes in a desirable neighborhood).

We picture ourselves in the south/southeast or Texas. Any suggestions where we can start our search in? I just recently started a Fed Govt job, but I hope to transfer to another Fed Govt job next summer (summer 2007) in a location in south/southeast or Texas.

Although we have family in Charlotte (me) and Atlanta (wife), they would not be our first choices. Wife does not want to move to Atlanta (the traffic, sprawl, etc!!!); and Charlotte, although nice, is not a hot bed for Fed Govt jobs. Charlotte is more of a city for people in the financial industry.

We are looking for an area in the south/southeast or Texas with good schools, inexpensive housing (starter homes that are ready-to-move in, under $220K) access to an airport with direct flights to most major cities and good prospects for Fed Govt job employment (computer-related) and good prospects for jobs in the medical/health records field. There's GOTTA be a place out there somewhere that fits this bill.

Any suggestions/advice would be helpful. Also, if you can offer any advice on the things we should be doing now (researching, etc, etc) in advance of our plans to move in summer 2007, that would be great also!!!

I have posted this thread in the NC, SC and TX areas, also.

Many, many thanks in advance! Looking forward to your input on locations for us to check out.
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Old 09-15-2006, 06:22 PM
 
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Oak Ridge should fit the bill
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Old 09-16-2006, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Hello everyone! My wife and I are seriously considering a move out of the DC metro area by summer 2007. We are looking for places to relocate to in the south/southeast or possibly Texas. We are unhappy up here with the cost of living/housing in the DC metro area (starter homes in desirable neighborhoods with desirable schools for your kids are over $390K --- this would be OUT of our price range). We are glad that the DC area is vibrant for jobs and economic growth, but if you are NOT already a homeowner, you are priced out of the housing market in the DC area (how do people make it here? But, that's another forum). Anyway, we are looking for a lower cost area in Texas or the south/southeast USA, with good schools and jobs for our respective careers (me -- computer specialist with the Fed Govt; she -- medical/health records field). .

I think you're doing it backwards. Find the job first, then research the region to see where you could live within commuting distance if you got the job. Then come on the forum for that state and ask questions about the area.

Presuming you have the higher paying job, try the searchable database for government jobs and select your field but don't select a region and it will bring up everything available throughout the US:

http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/

Not knowing your grade, I just searched on the category Information Technology Grade 10 - 15 and it brought up 327 federal government jobs in that field throughout the US.

If you find jobs to apply for, then search for the online newspaper for that city/town so your spouse can check the classifieds for job opportunities in her field. The newspaper ads ought to give you an idea about housing prices in the area, too.

Most places post the No Child Left Behind report card on the state education website. Some do it by school district within the state. You may not find out good versus really good but they always seem to post the "needs improvement" schools which you probably want to avoid. The reading report card came out in August and the math report card is due out in October, I think.

The Tennessee one is here:

http://www.state.tn.us/education/nclb/ayp/

Sperlings Best Places will tell you how much they spend per student.
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:41 AM
 
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I think you're doing it backwards. Find the job first, then research the region to see where you could live within commuting distance if you got the job. Then come on the forum for that state and ask questions about the area.
I would have to disagree. I think you research potential areas/cities FIRST, then, you check out the prospects for jobs in those potential areas/cities. I mean, I could find my job in, say, a city like Los Angeles, but I wouldn't want to live in LA nor drive in that traffic. No, I think the poster's approach is right; I have found many, many posts on this board where people have "found the job first" then moved to the new area/city, HATED the new area/city they relocated to and, after a year or 2, then they moved back. I think you make sure you do your homework about a location FIRST, make sure you like it, then confirm that there are good job opportunities there and then move. My thought is, "OK, so I found the job, but what if I don't like my new city/location?" I think after awhile, I'd be trying to move again.
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Old 09-17-2006, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Default Have you looked at Maryville?

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Originally Posted by swahili4courage View Post
Hello everyone! My wife and I are seriously considering a move out of the DC metro area by summer 2007. We are looking for places to relocate to in the south/southeast or possibly Texas. We are unhappy up here with the cost of living/housing in the DC metro area (starter homes in desirable neighborhoods with desirable schools for your kids are over $390K --- this would be OUT of our price range). We are glad that the DC area is vibrant for jobs and economic growth, but if you are NOT already a homeowner, you are priced out of the housing market in the DC area (how do people make it here? But, that's another forum). Anyway, we are looking for a lower cost area in Texas or the south/southeast USA, with good schools and jobs for our respective careers (me -- computer specialist with the Fed Govt; she -- medical/health records field).

We'd love to be able to buy a home, with space to grow, and a decent-sized yard for our 2 kids to play in (ages 7 and 5), but we can't see it happening with (what we call) over-priced homes here in the DC area (at least homes in a desirable neighborhood).

We picture ourselves in the south/southeast or Texas. Any suggestions where we can start our search in? I just recently started a Fed Govt job, but I hope to transfer to another Fed Govt job next summer (summer 2007) in a location in south/southeast or Texas.

Although we have family in Charlotte (me) and Atlanta (wife), they would not be our first choices. Wife does not want to move to Atlanta (the traffic, sprawl, etc!!!); and Charlotte, although nice, is not a hot bed for Fed Govt jobs. Charlotte is more of a city for people in the financial industry.

We are looking for an area in the south/southeast or Texas with good schools, inexpensive housing (starter homes that are ready-to-move in, under $220K) access to an airport with direct flights to most major cities and good prospects for Fed Govt job employment (computer-related) and good prospects for jobs in the medical/health records field. There's GOTTA be a place out there somewhere that fits this bill.

Any suggestions/advice would be helpful. Also, if you can offer any advice on the things we should be doing now (researching, etc, etc) in advance of our plans to move in summer 2007, that would be great also!!!

I have posted this thread in the NC, SC and TX areas, also.

Many, many thanks in advance! Looking forward to your input on locations for us to check out.

Hello,
Have you looked at Maryville?
Reason I suggest this area: You said you work with computers in government, and need an airport. Magiee Tyson Air port in Alcoa (right down the road form Maryville) is also an Air Force Base. There are many government jobs in Knoxville and Oak Ridge which are easy drives from Maryville yet close to the airport. Price of housing you are looking for, I believe, you will find in or around Maryville as well. From what I am hearing the schools are great too.
Hope this helps!
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Old 09-17-2006, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I would have to disagree. I think you research potential areas/cities FIRST, then, you check out the prospects for jobs in those potential areas/cities. I mean, I could find my job in, say, a city like Los Angeles, but I wouldn't want to live in LA nor drive in that traffic. No, I think the poster's approach is right; I have found many, many posts on this board where people have "found the job first" then moved to the new area/city, HATED the new area/city they relocated to and, after a year or 2, then they moved back. I think you make sure you do your homework about a location FIRST, make sure you like it, then confirm that there are good job opportunities there and then move. My thought is, "OK, so I found the job, but what if I don't like my new city/location?" I think after awhile, I'd be trying to move again.

He works for the federal government and the assumption is he wants to keep working for the federal government without a break in service so he doesn't lose his insurance and other benefits. So, in my opinion, he looks for the job first, online researches where he finds openings before he applies to see if he can find a town to live within commuting distance that he and his family like and can afford, and only after he visits, does he accept the job, if it's offered, and make the move. Because he's a fed, he knows exactly what his salary will be in the new location for any job in any state where he applies. regardless of the agency.


But truthfully, I can't imagine any two income family with children moving to another state without one of the two having a job first and having thoroughly researched and visited the potential new spot. It's stressful enough to relocate without the extra stress of not knowing when your next paycheck is coming.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:41 PM
 
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I think Dallas wouls suite u guys well. We have a major airport(DFW)
Also plenty of nice houses building up. Average house cost for your middle range home is around $210,000. And North Dallas or even Arlington/fort worth, has plenty of nice malls (Check out Northpark, Grapevine Mills , and Galleria). Schools do very well (Townview, Richardson, some of the most notable) And we have Cowboys & Mavericks. Both Succesfull sports franchises that everyone in town loves. Do a little research on us. U won't be disappointed!
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:52 PM
 
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I'm currently in the Army stationed in Dallas Texas and although I love the inexpensive housing market here there are some other variables to consider. First of all....its hot, I mean REALLY HOT, expensive electric prices ($ 500.00 bills in summer). Cockroaches the size of small dogs (maybe a little exagerrated), and the traffic is difficult to comprehend. But other than that it's nice. I too am looking for that perfect place to settle down in, but also believe that I have to go where the jobs are.
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:00 PM
 
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Nashville would be a good fit, in my opinion, better than Knoxville/Oak Ridge. For one thing, the Nashville airport is five times the size of the Knoxville airport and is a hub for Southwest Airlines.

Being the state capital, Nashville has all kinds of government jobs. And being the home of two medical colleges (Vanderbilt and Meharry) and home to the world's largest hospital chain (HCA) it's got oodles of jobs in the medical industry.

Oak Ridge is a city built by the federal government, but jobs there are scarce.

The cost of living is higher in Nashville than Knoxville, but so are the wages. You can easily find a nice home in a good neighborhood for less than $220k. And compared to DC traffic, Nashville traffic is a breeze.
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