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Old 12-23-2009, 08:04 AM   #21
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:13 AM   #22
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Dawg, be careful how you respond. I know at least one forum member who fell for it...
Everyone knows we don't have electricity in MS.

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Old 12-27-2009, 10:51 AM   #23
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For me, the problem with a second home is the "obligation" to use it.

My friend bought a beach house years ago - decent investment and they spent a lot of time there. But that's the only vacationing they did.

We did the opposite - went to a different beach / lake / mountain / international destinations three or four times per year for 20 years.

We are full of an incredibly varied pile of memories and experiences - I would not trade that for any "second home investment"........

We want to do the same with ER - only monthly (or 2 month) stays instead of weekly.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:47 PM   #24
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I just returned from spending Christmas in Phoenix with my oldest son and his family. He lives in an average area where the homes are fairly new. His front door was recently kicked in, in the middle of the day. His three sons fled to the bedroom armed with a baseball bat. When the intruder found them facing him with a bat and screaming, he fled. There are eight houses facing his street. All have been entered except for one. That one is the only house on the block that has a dog. Todays' Phoenix is the same as the Phoenix of 20 years ago when I did some short assignments down there. A lot of crime. There are much better areas to live in than Phoenix, in Arizona. An average three-bedroom, double garage, 1300 square foot home runs in the $130,000-$150,000. There are lots of parks and open spaces and amenities but they just can't seem to get a grip on the crime. The big thing now is "BOBS". Burglars on bicycles. The cruise the neighborhoods and then do the random breakin.
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buying a home in Phoenix

Hopefully, my response will be a little more specific.
When you say Phoenix, you are talking about several cities in the valley. I live in Mesa and my location is just a block east from Tempe and 2 blocks north of chandler. Then there's Glendale, Peoria, queen creek, apache junction and several others within 30-60 minute drive. And you can't forget Scottsdale. They are often generically referred to as Phoenix.

What you plan to do when you are here will factor into where you want to buy. Lots of seniors in Apache junction with tennis golf etc., but you're far away from downtown, museums etc. Someone did mention that there are nicer places to buy and they're right. Sedona is very pricey, Prescott, (my favorite) has come down in price from the highs and you get 4 seasons.

Summer in Phoenix is a killer and it is long. However, right now it is 70's and I have windows open.... there are tradeoffs.

Crime is subjective. We have it, but I came here from Philadelphia and know I am much safer...

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