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    Factors to consider if you plan to relocate . . .

    As we all know, sometimes we come face to face with the fact that it may be time to relocate.
    The big question is: where to? Here are some tips:


    You can live in Phoenix, Arizona where.....

    1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
    2. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
    3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
    4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
    5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
    6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!


    You can Live in California where...

    1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
    2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
    3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
    4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
    5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.


    You can Live in New York City where...

    1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.
    2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
    3.You think Central Park is "nature,"
    4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
    5. You've worn out a car horn.
    6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.


    You can Live in Maine where...

    1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco.
    2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
    3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
    4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
    5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.


    You can Live in the Deep South where...

    1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
    2. "y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
    3. "He needed killin' " is a valid defense.
    5. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, MARY BETH, etc.


    You can live in Colorado where..

    1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
    2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and he stops at the day care center.
    3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
    4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.


    You can live in the Midwest where...

    1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
    2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
    3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
    4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
    5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"


    AND You can live in Florida where..

    1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
    2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
    3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist. And a superb plastic surgeon.
    4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
    5. Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.
    6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and snowbirds.

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    I'm stuck in-between "Deep South" and "mid-west"

    In-laws are snowbirds!

    Adopted by: Peanut

    "You find ways to win and certainly you can find ways to lose...it's not just dumb luck."
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    Red face

    Fun stuff thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topscribe


    You can Live in California where...

    1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
    Don't even get me started.





    I find it ludicrous that my rent would be only equivalent to 60% of a mortgage for the same size home.

    I find it absurd that even with a total household income in the 6 figures and no credit card debt, no one will approve us for a loan equivalent to the price of homes here. They say it would make our debt to income ratio too high.

    In essence, you cannot be a first time home buyer in Western California. It's ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared
    Don't even get me started.





    I find it ludicrous that my rent would be only equivalent to 60% of a mortgage for the same size home.

    I find it absurd that even with a total household income in the 6 figures and no credit card debt, no one will approve us for a loan equivalent to the price of homes here. They say it would make our debt to income ratio too high.

    In essence, you cannot be a first time home buyer in Western California. It's ridiculous.
    This was actually the main reason we moved from Colorado to Indiana. Housing was getting too expensive. Even dropping my husbands salary down 20,000 by moving out here, our quality of life increased. We bought a great house on a small piece of land, and built our shop. He found another job, and is now making what he did before we left.
    We may go back someday...but that would mean the housing market would have to crash....

    Adopted by: Peanut

    "You find ways to win and certainly you can find ways to lose...it's not just dumb luck."
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroncFanIN
    This was actually the main reason we moved from Colorado to Indiana. Housing was getting too expensive. Even dropping my husbands salary down 20,000 by moving out here, our quality of life increased. We bought a great house on a small piece of land, and built our shop. He found another job, and is now making what he did before we left.
    We may go back someday...but that would mean the housing market would have to crash....
    I have no option. My wife will be in San Diego for a 4 year residency at the naval Hospital, which will likely lead to a staff position.


    We are looking at commuting from the El Centro or Riverside county, both well over an hour away. And even then, the houses are over valued. A 3 bedroom house on a postage stamp costs more then my in laws 3,000 sq foot home with 2 acres back East.


    The bank actually suggested that we sell our cars in order to get rid of that debt.

    Er......well, ok. Then how am I suppsed to get to work and make money to pay for the mortgage?

    They also said that our interest rate would be lower if I had a more 'stable' job history. Apparently, being a military spouse and then a stay at home dad is penalized. They life to see 2 or more uninterrupted years in the same job. Although how I am supposed to work in PA and buy a house in CA is beyond me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topscribe
    As we all know, sometimes we come face to face with the fact that it may be time to relocate.
    The big question is: where to? Here are some tips:




    You can Live in the Deep South where...

    1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
    2. "y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.Yep! I say these 2 'phrases' about 3 times a day.
    3. "He needed killin' " is a valid defense. Word.
    5. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, MARY BETH, etc. Common wrongness, not too many people have these names. You've been watching too much TV.



    AND You can live in Florida where..

    1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.Do this about 4 times a week
    2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.This is actually true
    3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist. And a superb plastic surgeon.Maybe
    4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.Too many damn hurricanes
    5. Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.Never heard that one before.
    6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and snowbirds.Actually the weather has just started to heat up here in FL. But in the summer, ohhhhh man is it hot

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    We may go back someday...but that would mean the housing market would have to crash....
    The bubble is starting to burst. In Colorado and in California. The prices are still crazy(especially in CA) but with interest rates rising all the people out there with adjustable rate mortgages and even worse (interest only loans) are starting to default. The crash is coming.....
    "It's okay to be a cliche....Everything under the sun has been done."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared
    I have no option. My wife will be in San Diego for a 4 year residency at the naval Hospital, which will likely lead to a staff position.


    We are looking at commuting from the El Centro or Riverside county, both well over an hour away. And even then, the houses are over valued. A 3 bedroom house on a postage stamp costs more then my in laws 3,000 sq foot home with 2 acres back East.


    The bank actually suggested that we sell our cars in order to get rid of that debt.

    Er......well, ok. Then how am I suppsed to get to work and make money to pay for the mortgage?

    They also said that our interest rate would be lower if I had a more 'stable' job history. Apparently, being a military spouse and then a stay at home dad is penalized. They life to see 2 or more uninterrupted years in the same job. Although how I am supposed to work in PA and buy a house in CA is beyond me.
    Damn you for supporting military personnel!

    I remember when my mum went for a housing loan. The Bank manager actually told her that if she got married he'd give her a loan straight away!

    Y'uh huh, cos that's a great reason to get married!
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    California has four seasons as well:

    fire, flood, earthquake and drought
    Honoring those who protect that which is worth protecting.

    With all this horse poop, there's got to be a pony in here somewhere.

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    You could live in the best place of all-----The Pacific Northwest where:

    There's a coffee shop every other block
    It only rains 270 days a year (if your lucky)
    You always know the weather forcast- Rain
    You don't have to worry about washing your car because it's just going to rain.
    Nobody ever sleeps because of all the afore mentioned coffee shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reidman
    You could live in the best place of all-----The Pacific Northwest where:

    There's a coffee shop every other block
    I could swear they are a lot closer than that...

    We have two Starbuck's on the same block even down here in Cali.
    Honoring those who protect that which is worth protecting.

    With all this horse poop, there's got to be a pony in here somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LawDog
    I could swear they are a lot closer than that...

    We have two Starbuck's on the same block even down here in Cali.
    You can check the Starbucks density in your area by checking out this website.

    I read a story about a place where there is literally a starbucks on all four corners of an intersection, but I'm having trouble tracking it down.
    HEAR ME ROAR!

    Thanks to Freyaka for the great sig!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoDeyBengals
    You can check the Starbucks density in your area by checking out this website.

    I read a story about a place where there is literally a starbucks on all four corners of an intersection, but I'm having trouble tracking it down.
    Thanks...

    I have 20 within a 10 mile radius of my house including two on the same block of a street downtown - one at 1201 and the other at 1299 (they are on the same side and really only about 250 feet apart.)
    Honoring those who protect that which is worth protecting.

    With all this horse poop, there's got to be a pony in here somewhere.

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    There are 43 Starbucks in the whole of New Zealand, and 22 of them are in Auckland.
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