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Old 06-03-2009, 04:54 PM   #41
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The wife and I stopped watching house hunters.

I guess the realization that is really was possible to get a fairly new three bedroom house in many parts of the US for $300K was just too much for us to handle. ( as we sat in our fixer upper which set us back much more)
In this part of WV (and it's the "expensive" part) you can buy a brand new single family three bedroom two bath house with a garage for $120k. Admittedly that's a pretty bare bones one but it's there. Go down to "Deliverance country" and they're even less, but good luck finding a job outside of a coal mine.

In the paper last week I saw a house for $49k - two bedrooms, one bath on a slab, and not a mobile home. The ad did state that it "needed work". But unless the work needed is foundation work, put $10k in it for paint, roof, furnace, new appliances, maybe some plumbing and electrical upgrades, and it would probably be a pretty nice, if cramped, place to live for one or two people.
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:58 PM   #42
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In this part of WV (and it's the "expensive" part)
There's an "expensive" part of WV? Which is that -- is that the part on the tip of the panhandle which is marginally commutable by masochists to the DC area?
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:00 PM   #43
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For a while, I was concerned that House Hunters would give away how low housing prices really ARE in "flyover country", and that states like Missouri would be deluged with retirees from states like California and New Jersey. But apparently that hasn't happened (thank goodness).
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There's an "expensive" part of WV? Which is that -- is that the part on the tip of the panhandle which is marginally commutable by masochists to the DC area?
Oh YES - - a lot of people from my agency's HQ commute from WV to the DC area. It may be marginally commutable but it has become common practice, even so.
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Oh YES - - a lot of people from my agency's HQ commute from WV to the DC area. It may be marginally commutable but it has become common practice, even so.
All too familiar -- when I lived and worked in Silicon Valley, we had quite a few people commuting in from Modesto and Stockton. I'd sooner have my eyes pierced with a hot poker than do that commute five times a week.
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All too familiar -- when I lived and worked in Silicon Valley, we had quite a few people commuting in from Modesto and Stockton. I'd sooner have my eyes pierced with a hot poker than do that commute five times a week.

Ditto. I have a ten minute drive from my garage to the parking lot near my office. I would go insane wasting hours in the car daily. I would rather live in 600 square feet close to work than have a big house a couple of hours away. I suppose it would be different if you had kids. But heck, they would be in bed by the time you got home!
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Ditto. I have a ten minute drive from my garage to the parking lot near my office. I would go insane wasting hours in the car daily. I would rather live in 600 square feet close to work than have a big house a couple of hours away. I suppose it would be different if you had kids. But heck, they would be in bed by the time you got home!
I live close to work too, although there are six stoplights on the way. I can get to work in 6 minutes, most mornings. There isn't much traffic and I even made it in 5 minutes once (but I have to hit all the lights). In the afternoons, it takes 10-30 minutes depending on traffic, which is heavy at that time of day. Still I agree - - living close to work is great.

Most of my co-workers have an hour or two commute, and due to gas prices many of them do it by vanpool. I think of them, all sweaty and crammed into those vans, as I sit at home with my feet up after work.
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Yep - times is hard. The younkers jest hasn't come on to relize it yet. They needs to read some of the ads and have a Come to Jesus moment:

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