Discussion in 'Current Events' started by NightTrain, Jun 30, 2004.
There is a bet going about you.
Were you, or were you not a REMF?
I vote REMF (if anything).
Tough crowd tonight! If you see NT, tell him to clean out his mailbox!
What are you doing up this late?
Sold our house, decided to stay in town afterall, and now need to find a new one. The biggest problem is this - we are too picky! The next problem is that home prices here have skyrocketed.
The good news is that prices have stopped climbing (have actually dropped a bit from the high - when we got out! ) and the housing market is settling down so we should be able to get a decent priced home soon. We put an offer in on an house today, but the owner wants to leave it on the market a little longer to see if he gets any bites at the price he is asking - he won't. The house is nice outside (brick tudor) but needs a total remodel job on the inside (too choppy). My wife will have fun fixing all that though if we can get it!!
That sounds nice! I was reading about your housing problems a day or two ago. What made you change your mind about moving? AFTER you sold your house? :
Frankly, it was a combination of matters. In hindsight, I think we just saw an opportunity to "cash out" of our house so we convinced ourselves we wanted to move out of state to justify our selling the house we love so much. Honestly, it was too hard to pass up the money. We had some nice equity built into our home and then with the "boom" we were able to double it. So that put us in a position that was hard to turn away from. We will likely rent while we wait for the prices to settle back down a bit. There were only just over 2,000 homes on the market when we sold ours, now there are over 6,000. So it won't be long that people will either take em off the market, or start dropping their prices. Many found themselves in a bad position - they bought homes before they sold their own. Now that there are so many homes on the market, they can't get the prices they need for them to be able to afford their new homes. At least I am in the opposite position which is much, much safer. At least I have my cash!!
That does sound like a good deal and like you've come to realize that it is. So you said earlier that Vegas is begging for teachers? How's the pay and cost of living?
I understand the pay for teachers is fairly good compared to other states. The Clark County School District is the largest in the country and they are in the process of building 48 more schools out of an 88 started in 1998.
Most elementary and middle school teachers are "year round" teachers as most of those schools are "year round" schools.
The cost of living is something else. It really depends on what you are use to. The medium home price here is $274,000. Rents in nice homes range between $1,200 a month to $3,000 a month for a highrise condo or house in Red Rock Country Club on the Golf Course.
Gas is expensive here - about the same as SoCal and sometimes higher. Food is not too bad, but utilies are a killer. In the summer months the electric bills can be high (our house is 3,500 square feet and our high bill in the summer is around $300 and our lows are in the low $100's.). Home cooking/heating gas is also expensive. But that is probably par for the course. Water - that is the problem with Vegas. Our water bills run around $400 a month!!! in the summer (landscaping 1/3 acre) and $250 in the winter.
Hey, with the name of the district I can probably find the salary scale. How about suburbs, I don't think I'd want to live in 'Vegas'. How far out do the suburbs sprawl? I'm in Chicago suburbs, about 35 miles outside the city.
OK now... I was a REMF, what the hell does that have to do with anything?!? :
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