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#1 of 138 Old 03-02-2004, 04:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Aaaackkk!!! I can't stand it anymore!! I do not not want to live with my inlaws...I want my own house and privacy!! We have an attic apartment in their house and we are constantly subjected to his mother's every whim.

I would love to move out west but anywhere cheaper than here would be great...

The average house price here in Massachusetts is $250,000...it's just outrageous. That's like an $1800/month mortgage. Who can afford that? I just became a SAHM and I really want to keep it that way...

So what is the average in you're neck of the woods??
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In our neighborhood homes sell for about $250-$300. You can go WAY up from there on the other side of town. My sister just bought a house in the fall for $130 (I think). It is in a decent area. 1100 square feet. That is about 20 minutes away from me.
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Chicago suburbs here and houses range in price from ~$200,000 to $850,000 in this 'burb alone. We bought our place for $174,000 4 1/2 years ago and we've been reappraised at $250,000. Mortgage payment is ~$1700/month for 15 years.

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We just bought (a year ago) a very small house that needs some work in a reasonable neighborhood for $135K.

My bro. just bought a town house in a questionable neighborhood for $110K.

It seems like a lot of people around here spend $160-180K though.
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Around here you can get a new house for 200 or older one in decent condition for 70 or lower if you want a fixer upper.
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The average house price here in Massachusetts is $250,000...it's just outrageous. That's like an $1800/month mortgage. Who can afford that?
I know, isn't it crazy? That's why we moved to NH. We thought it would be easier because the houses are a lot cheaper (ours was $129K), but the taxes make it almost just as bad. We pay over $4,000 a year in property tax. Ack! My husband still works in MA, there aren't too many jobs here, and none that pay a decent wage. I guess that's why the homes are so cheap. We are now looking to sell our home and either move down south or go back to apartment living. There are a lot of expenses that come with owning a home and when you already have a high mortgage it isn't easy. On the other hand, you don't have to worry about having people living in the same home, and you can make any changes you want.
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Woo Hoo! I guess I am lucky, you can buy a decent house in a nice area of the city for $90-110 or so. The suburbs cost more to some extent, but luckily, we are fixer-upper people

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Well don't move to NJ, prices are just as bad, if not worse and property taxes SUCK! Our taxes on our new house will be around $8-10K.
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Houses in our area start at about 30,000 and go up. Of course the 30,000 is in need of some fixing up but still very liveable.

We just sold our house in town and are now looking for a house close to town with a few acres and under 100,000. There are such places but they sell really fast being so desirable. Houses to close to town with a few acres are normally 120,000 and higher.

Property taxes are very reasonable in our area.


We live in central Idaho.


Edited to add that our lot was 50 by 135. Our house was 1,200 sq feet and we had an attached garage. We bought it for 32,000.


It needed when we bought it some MAJOR cleaning but it was livable.
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Where I live, the average is about $70-$75 thousand. You can get a nice house, in a good neighborhood for $30-$40 thousand without having to do a lot of repairs at all if any.
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Come to central VA - I need some company! check out:

www.caar.com

Some houses are almost reasonably priced out here! Definitely cheaper than when I lived in Chicago!
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In our area, houses go for $200,000 to about $400,000- the higher end is in a fancy development nearby. A relatively nice house that was built in 60s goes for about $250,000.

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In my immediate area- homes are around $140,000-170,000 and brand new houses in the area are running about the same amount. We had our house built in 99 and paid $117000 and the same models are now selling for about 145000.

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you can also get a small house in a decent neighborhood for $30,000 or so here.. moveinable.. but maybe needing updating

a larger, newer , nicer house.. but still upper middle class.. 60'000 to 90'000

anything over $100,000 is either gonna have lots or land or be pretty impressive

*edited to say I live in SC.. small town
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In our neighborhood (MD, DC burb), anything under $450,000 is a bargain and will probably be a fixer-upper. Crazy!
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HOLY CRAP!!! (excuse my language here)

You guys pay over $200,000 for a house?! Around here you can buy a 6 bedroom Victorian house in a gated community for $100,000!!!

If you're paying over $200,000 here, it's a friggin' mansion newly built!
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It's about 140,000 out here in the burbs. Housing prices vary a lot in this area though, as we have a lot of waterfront property which drives the price up some.
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this is a sore subject for us........

We live in California, just north of the Bay Area. A decent older home in a decent neighborhood would run you about $200,000. You can get a home around here for $175,000 ish (or less) but you'll either live in the hood or you'll live 45 minutes out of town. We recently moved out of a VERY ghetto neighborhood, but the house was nice and updated...about 1500 sq feet....and it was apraised at $220,000 when we moved out.

The farther south or west you go in California, generally the higher the property. It's sucky. It's spreading upwards, too. The house my parents bought for about $110,000 10 years ago (and sold when they divorsed a year later) is going for $230,000 now. Bah.

We won't be buying round here anytime soon.
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HOLY CRAP!!! (excuse my language here)

You guys pay over $200,000 for a house?! Around here you can buy a 6 bedroom Victorian house in a gated community for $100,000!!!

If you're paying over $200,000 here, it's a friggin' mansion newly built!
Location is everything. If you want to live where we do- a boring suburb in a desirable part of the country- you need to pay.

This area has huge growth and it'sa supply/demand issue.

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HOLY CRAP!!! (excuse my language here)

You guys pay over $200,000 for a house?! Around here you can buy a 6 bedroom Victorian house in a gated community for $100,000!!!

If you're paying over $200,000 here, it's a friggin' mansion newly built!
Where do you live? Just curious (I think I might want to go!)

Our area ranges from the 150s to the 250s, but a townhouse in the city, or fixer-uppers are less. Many many people in my area are moving out to fancier areas that are in the 300s. I can't even imagine.

Now, when an average home can be bought for 30K-60K, as a previous poster said, what are average salaries like? I mean, do an area's salaries go up and down with the average housing prices???
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You guys ready for sticker shock? The average housing price in OC is ....$440,000. Yes, that's correct. Almost a freaking 1/2 million dollars. And these are NOT mansions. Most of them need a least a little bit of work. You would be SHOCKED what qualifies as a million dollar home out here.

I live in a 1600 sq foot 3 bed 3 bath house with basically a patio sized yard. We got in for $240K because and only because this is a University housing suburb. If you don't work at the University, you can't live here. We lucked out bigtime. We spent about a month looking around, and for our budget ($300K and under) we could afford a 2 bedroom townhouse with no yard. I'm sorry, it is PATHETIC. People moving out here should have sizable savings because there are waiting lists for available houses.

Coming from Oklahoma, where $100K will buy a mansion basically, it was really hard for me to adjust...


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Oh, and dh and I combined make $70K a year...so no salaries don't keep up with housing prices...
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One of the reasons we moved out of southern Ca. I really don't know how anyone can make it on one income. And my mom keeps trying that "but the incomes are higher here" sorry don't buy it. Dh makes literall more than 2x what he ever did in CA and our cost of living is 50% less.

I didn't think there was anywhere left that you could buy a house (that isn't a completely falling down shack on a postage stamp lot) for 30K.

Where I am now, houses run about 140 for an average home. You can get a 2500 sq ft on a half acre for 200K.
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we're outside of dc in fairfax va and avg houses are around $400,000 as well. we bought our townhouse (no garage, 1500 sq ft) in 2001 for $195 and it is now worth $315. we just bought a new townhouse that is being built and is $480, 2700 sq ft.
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lurking.....still broken finger (rebroke...long story)

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/webspecials04/homeprices/

VERY VERY VERY interesting section on local papers site about home prices in the Tampa Bay Area. worth the read for ppl ANYWHERE!

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your too funny, you really love it in Tampa don't you!

thanks for the link though, I was in St Pete Beach about a year ago and love it!
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i've been around the world, literally...born in south of ussr (i'm tatar/russian) and i've been a lot of places. i LOVE TAMPA. weather is AWESOME (below 75% humidity is too dry )! cost of living is AWESOME! no state tax is AWESOME! i grew up here fully immersed in the arts and with lots of different cultures all around me (I grew up in a primarily mexican area here and it was wonderful! there were also lots of other russians down the way in bradenton/sarasota) with all the canadians here, though (yes, this is little toronto - you should see the forum when we play the leafs!!!!) i just wish we'd secede and join canada (flame me now!).

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sorry to go OT, but first you all have to oust that Gov Bush you have in office!! (no flames here for the seceding comment) I'd be there in a heartbeat if you guys were Canadian

(actually dh wants to move to the Tampa area) he misses saltwater fishing.
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not all places in sv are that cheap... 30,000 here would buy you a 2 bedroom mobile home- if you already have your own land to putit on....

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200,000 for a house?? That is amazingly GOOD! Here in our small town in the San Francisco Bay Area a typical 3/4 bedroom is in the 800,000 to 900,000 range--and we are not talking fancy houses! To get a decked out house it would easily be over a million.
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