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Old 06-04-2011, 07:47 PM
 
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Hello, I am a single mother who will be relocating us to tucson from the midwest. We will be selling our furniture so that we can get there faster as opposed to spending thousands of dollars moving our stuff. I just need some advice on homes/apartments and jobs in tucson. I just filed bankruptcy a month ago and I am worried that will restrict us from rentals, I am also hoping to find something under 800 but can go a little higher if some utilities are included. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated and thank you
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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the bankruptcy thing may hurt passing the rental credit check, of course.....be honest and see what the various places say......

if you can possibly swing it, I'd stay in one of these long-term motels (Main Stay, Studio 6, Marriott Residence Inn, Extended Stay, and many other brands) for a couple weeks or more while you search for jobs and a place to live.....very important to get a feel for the place before you commit to an apt or a neighborhood.....visit places at night, weekends....see how maintenance is, noisy neighbors, the whole bit.....

many places for rent out here....spend time....don't rush it

look at other threads in this Tucson forum for more ideas
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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Right, I will definitely be honest about my bankruptcy. I will check into those motels and check the prices. That is smart, visiting the places at night and on the weekends. Thank you for your reply
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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1 bedroom apartments in Tucson range from about $400 to $600 depending on neighborhood, size, amenities, etc.
You can also find one or two bedroom duplexes for around $700-800. Those usually include a yard.

Recent bankruptcy + no job will make it nearly impossible to actually a rent a place though. Only the low-end apartments will likely approve you. I guess it partially depends on your rental history though. If you could get a co-signer for the lease, that would certainly help though.

For jobs, Tucson has never had a very good economy and this is not the easiest place in the country to find work. It more depends on what you do and what your background is as far as work experience and education. For instance, nurses are always in demand here. Social work/child services always seems to be hiring (high turnover). But, with the college student population, even low-wage retail and call centers are fairly competitive.
If it were me, I would wait until I had a job here before moving. Then again, I just moved here without a job when I first came out, but had some savings and no dependents.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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I guess we could live in the low end apartments until things got better and I got us on our feet. Jobs are hard to find everywhere, even in kansas. I have an associates degree in psychology and halfway done w my bachelors in psych as well. How difficult or how long did it take you to find a job there?
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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I guess we could live in the low end apartments until things got better and I got us on our feet. Jobs are hard to find everywhere, even in kansas. I have an associates degree in psychology and halfway done w my bachelors in psych as well. How difficult or how long did it take you to find a job there?
Any psych degree short of a masters' degree is virtually worthless in the job market. You'll need to concentrate on your previous job skills and experience to find a job here. What's your background?
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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Yes unfortunately I realize that lol my background is mainly customer service, call centers..retail such as cellular and payday loans.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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Yes unfortunately I realize that lol my background is mainly customer service, call centers..retail such as cellular and payday loans.
Just checking.

Your background will give you a slight edge for lower-paying jobs, but the job market in Tucson is tougher than Phoenix, so you'll need to be very proactive and assertive in your search. Best wishes to you!
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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oh yay lol I will stalk them! lol thank you
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Yes unfortunately I realize that lol my background is mainly customer service, call centers..retail such as cellular and payday loans.
Lots of call centers here. I have seen ads for Citi and Afni, Sears also has a call center . Call Center Jobs in Tucson | Jobing.com

Bed Bath and Beyond's business is up here, they are always looking for quality people. I am also a native Kansan, what part are you coming from?
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