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I posted a month or two back, asking about schools and housing around Vancouver, and am starting to wonder if anything is affordable up there! Do any of you know how much social work jobs pay on average? Any ex-pats from the U.S. who could share price of living differences? And is there such thing as a decent house, 2-3 bedrooms that is under $200,000? I am really hoping we just haven't been looking hard enough.... oh, and are there any resources that we should know about for affordable homes, and job hunting? Thanks so much.
 

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BC is mid housing boom right now, and I don't think there is any way you could find housing for under 200k within 1.5 hours of the Vancouver area. Smaller towns in the interior, maybe. heh.<br>
Your best bet to find something affordable is to try and find co-op housing and paying rent to them for a while. Otherwise, you could always look into some of the smaller crunchy towns out in hicksville (like where I live)<br>
As for social workers, it depends on what you are doing, but they pay isn't always great. Working for the government, you will have a lot higher pay, generally, than you would working for an agency, many of whom are just scraping by. I believe the average is around 45k/yr for someone with at least a 4-year degree working full time.
 

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Thanks for the info... what about renting? Is it possible to find something in the $700 - $1000 range per month? (I am assuming that at over 200k for buying, the mortgage payments would be more than this). And about the social work thing... my dh has a master's degree plus an LISW which is a huge bonus in the US, I just don't know how that translates in Canada... oh, and what is co-op housing? And what are the smaller crunchy towns, just so I can get an idea? Thanks so much for any help.
 

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I rent downtown and pay $1500 for a 2 bedroom, 960 sq feet with insuite washer/dryer. The price you are looking at would get a modest 1 bedroom. But, if you go not too far out you could rent for that much. Unfortuntely, Vancouver is an incredible place to live and very popular, so housing costs are relatively high.
 

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A coop is a non profit housing situation, where you buy a share and the rent is usually more affordable, and everyone who lives in the coop is involved in running it. (I'm sure someone else can explain better!)<br>
Here is a link to the coops accepting applications <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><a href="http://www.chf.bc.ca/pages/directory.asp?Region=Vancouver+Westside&Go=Go%21" target="_blank">http://www.chf.bc.ca/pages/directory...tside&Go=Go%21</a><br><br>
Yes, you should be able to rent something nice in the 700-1000 range, depending on what kinds of stuff you need to be close to.
 

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we live in a 2 bedroom suite for $930 a month, ground level, but not a basement, the ceilings are 8ft, washer and dryer shared in the house, all utilities paid, nice yard, great people that live above us are having a baby in Sept., we share a CSA box, and they are totally AP parents! I'm so excited!We are very lucky. I think most 2 bedrooms in our area (W 24th Ave. and Macdonald range from $1000-1400, and you really have to look for them...we found this one through fellow grad/phd students at the University.<br>
If you are coming from the states(like we did), you must apply for co-op housing now, there are waiting lists, better to get on them and be accepted then be waiting forever...where do you want to live, what is your ideal neighborhood, what do you want close by? PM me and I can help you out a bit...-Cori
 
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