Thinking of moving out of state...
Posted 22 September 2008 - 11:42 AM
Posted 22 September 2008 - 11:49 AM
| Originally Posted by Maura |
Wow, Joanna - here in Chicago (in the nice neighborhoods that have decent schools) you can barely get a one bed plus den condo for what your brother just paid for a 3 BR house in Jersey! And don't get me started on the taxes...the property taxes here on a one bed plus den condo are about $8K! I have been realizing lately that I have no idea how my DH and I are ever going to afford to buy a place in the city, and we both are not really suburbs people. One of my girlfriends who just recently purchased a 2 bedroom/2 bath unit in our condo building spent $379,500 (I looked it up in the property transfer records for Chicago to be sure of the actual price - yeah for public records!) isnt that totally insane? That was just the purchase price... I am not sure that that price includes the parking space she bought in the building's garage. Then you have to also factor in the monthly condo board assessment fees to pay for the doormen, the gym facility, toward any necessary repairs, etc etc! holy cow!
It also stinks, a lot, that most of my friends (around the age of 25, 26) really have no opportunity to move out of their parents houses. With rents for one bedrooms around $1000-$1300 plus utilities, it can be overwhelming, on top of student loans.... so...
I really enjoy the feedback considering everyone here is from all over the place, I thought it would be the perfect place to ask questions and get ideas...
Posted 22 September 2008 - 12:05 PM
i don't mind giving you a breakdown of all of our cost-of-living expenses if you want.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 03:13 PM
Posted 22 September 2008 - 03:31 PM
Posted 22 September 2008 - 05:11 PM
| Originally Posted by JoLo908 |
Hey Morgan. I would really appreciate the info. It sounds great, and we would love to know more about it. Thank you so much.
my friend from ohio went to some kind of career fair when she got her teaching job with wake county. they are always hiring.
lets see, cost of living...
rent 1-bedroom $615
car insurance for 99 civic & 05 truck $110 per month
annual vehicle property tax of 3% of car's value per year
sales tax 7%
state income tax about 7%
most neighborhoods have HOA dues ranging from $10-$250 per month
we have great state parks & places to hike and bike. we have 2 hours from the beach & 2 hours from the mountains.
traffic is great. unless you live & work in a place where you'd need to take I-40 everyday, you probably won't encounter traffic. maybe in downtown raleigh there is traffic. i can drive home at 5pm & still not fight traffic.
groceries are more expensive here than in Texas. my mom wouldn't stop exclaiming the prices when i took her shopping.
raleigh is the #1 place for transplants, meaning that people from all over live in raleigh. same for durham & Chapel hill, but raleigh was ranked the highest. it's great because you meet a big mix of people.
anyway, i love living here. i will be sad to leave in a couple of years.
I can't think of any more info to give. let me know if you have questions.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 08:35 PM
Posted 22 September 2008 - 08:53 PM
| Originally Posted by JoLo908 |
Thanks so much! I really appreciate all of the information, it is so helpful! FI's car insurance on a 97 Honda civic here is $155, no collision, just the basics... and mine is about $100 per month with just the basics, no collision... things just cost a lot here... those are pretty good for insurance around here. I definitely want to check it out down there. Not to be nosey but Morgan if you like it why would you leave? I am guessing work reasons. Thank you so much again, I really appreciate it.
I'm from texas & all of my family is there. I want to be closer to family after i finish grad school. so living here was always going to be temporary. i'm just getting attached.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 09:37 PM
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