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Old 01-17-2007, 03:48 AM
 
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Could someone give me some advice on the Tucson area, we will be moving out west from Illinois and want a smaller town outside of Tucson with good schools and we would like a home price under 180k is this possible? J
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:49 AM
 
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Smile do your homework

Hi. You need to do some research, etc. Although not impossible, finding a house in a nice area around Tucson for under 180,000 may be difficult.
Try checking out www.longrealty.com, you can put in a lot of your requirements and then see what is available. 5 years ago I would have said yes to your question.
Its not that cheap around here anymore.
Good Luck
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:53 AM
 
Location: OHIO
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check out ( www.thepepper.com)

YOU CAN FIND EVERYTHING YOU WANT

ASK FOR TESS IN ANY E-MAILS

WE ARE BUYING OUR HOUSE THROUGH THEM AND THEY ARE GREAT
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Old 01-18-2007, 05:16 AM
 
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Thank you for your insight and I am doing a lot of research just wanted to hear from someone already living in the area, how do you like it out there? How are the schools, jobs, people etc. ? J
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:35 AM
 
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Smile House prices

I would tell you again to check the website I mentioned , it is very detailed and you can type in your price range, and just about any specifications you want.
I just went and typed in 170,000=180,000 for a price range and hit the search, there are only a few listings, most in area's I would be a little cautious about moving to and then a few manufactured type homes.
No I am not a realtor or connected in any way at all.
The reason I mention this website is because its so detailed and it picks up all the mls listings, etc.
You may want to check out a deveopment called Rancho Sahaurita its south of Tucson and you may find housing there that is nice for low 200.s
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Old 01-20-2007, 06:26 PM
 
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We like North Tucson. (Foothills area). It's very nice, and the school district is awesome!
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Old 01-20-2007, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Southern New Jersey
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Foothills area is VERY expensive-fewer and fewer homes are being built in reasonable price ranges anymore-Marana and Oro Valley getting too expensive for a lot of people. It all depends on the salaries that the family will make in a town like Tucson. Unless you're a Legal/Medical Professional; a Lawyer or an Engineer- you'll make between 7.00-9.00 an hour in a lot of jobs. So housing can either be a great thing or a bad thing....lots of variables...
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Wanted to give some realistic feedback. In 1995 we had a home built for us in Hereford, just a few minutes south of Sierra Vista, which is 70 miles S.E. of Tucson (about 1 1/2 hours +/-). We paid about $250K for the house (on 2.02 acres) and when we sold in 2004 we got $389K. I'd say that area first "exploded" in around '98 or '99. As a previous poster mentioned, unless you either have a professional degree (or maybe own your own business) you will get paid from around $7.+ to $9.+/hour. I too am considering Tucson for my 2nd retirement, the wife does not want to go back to S.V. because of costs, somewhat limited shopping choices, distance from Tucson. What are the areas to avoid in Tucson, as I'll probably be looking in the under $200K category as well. What about Rio Rico or areas like Green Valley to the south of Tucson?
Thanks,
Tom
Tulsa
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:57 AM
 
Location: MN
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I've lived in the area for 8 1/2 years. Vail is a nice place. The schools are really good and they are constantly expanding. You can be to the heart of Tucson in a short time but Vail is out far enough that you don't feel squeezed.
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Old 01-27-2007, 07:23 PM
 
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Default moving from Ill... helpful info for you.

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Could someone give me some advice on the Tucson area, we will be moving out west from Illinois and want a smaller town outside of Tucson with good schools and we would like a home price under 180k is this possible? J
We bought a secondary via a good realtor... Great listener and works for you as much as possible. Today we see her now and then and she is there for us when we need advice. I would say it is a rare find. We also had another realtor but quickly found she had her own agenda and did not really care about us the buyer. If there is a way to connect off the forum (I do not know if there is ... I just joined this evening) I will be glad to help.
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