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      08-07-2013, 06:31 PM   #265
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You know what I don't like? How cheap homes can be in the States.

I bought a 1615 sq ft townhouse up in Ontario here (not even in Toronto or a major city like that where prices would be much higher) and paid almost $400K for it 4 years ago. And its a townhouse. Now I'm trying to sell it for $464K and it seems to be getting some interest, but you guys down there (except for New York, LA, and some other really premium places) pay less than half to get a much bigger house with all the same or better finishes.

And you have better weather generally - least in the lower half.

Why do I live here again?
1600sf townhouse here in the Bay Area (40 min from some of the best beach in the nation) can be bought from $55k and up. $100k for a nice one, golf course or lake front.

Housing markets in NY, LA and apparently Ontario are crazy! I'm glad that the Tampa Bay Area didn't turnout to be the next SoCal housing market as predicted in 2005. There is still lots of money to be made here with little investment.
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1600sf townhouse here in the Bay Area (40 min from some of the best beach in the nation) can be bought from $55k and up. $100k for a nice one, golf course or lake front.

Housing markets in NY, LA and apparently Ontario are crazy! I'm glad that the Tampa Bay Area didn't turnout to be the next SoCal housing market as predicted in 2005. There is still lots of money to be made here with little investment.
Lol for a minute there I thought you were talking about "Bay Area" here in San Jose.
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      08-07-2013, 07:01 PM   #267
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Housing markets in NY, LA and apparently Ontario are crazy!
It's crazy to think that people are buying homes in many parts of the country for less than half the price that my 1/4 acre is appraised for. Just the dirt, excluding the house!
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you would be house mad if you knew what could buy here in Houston for $440K.

imagine a compound with 5 or 6 bedrooms - a 10-12ft deep pool with about 2.5 acres of land - driveway the size of 15 parking spaces at Target - exterior lighting to shine on your house - concrete patios that look like they are straight from a magazine - 3600sqft house on a 25000 sqft lot - etc

here's a quick search i did - them houses tho !!!!

http://search.har.com/engine/5506-Fe...AR45781748.htm

http://search.har.com/engine/1319-Mu...AR91080644.htm

http://search.har.com/engine/1806-Ch...HAR9671128.htm

Lol, $450k gets a 400sq/ft 10 year old apartment in the most inconvenient place known to Hong Kong. Toronto be bitchin about real estate prices, look at Vancouver first lol.
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      08-07-2013, 11:46 PM   #270
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Yeah I feel bad for people living in places like CA or NY or Hong Kong. Your purchasing power is a fraction of what it would be here in Texas, for example.

http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/c.../?iid=TL_Links

$500k/year in Austin is more like $877k/year in San Francisco, or $1.2M/year in Manhattan.

Seriously guys, move to Texas. No state income tax here either.
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And in hindsight now I understand the articles where couples would routinely whine about $300k per year not being enough in Manhattan.

$300k/year in Austin will afford a very comfortable, upper middle class lifestyle. $300k/year in Manhattan is more like $127k/year in Austin.
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Thanks....very kind of you to happily search and find all those excellent properties that are far less money than my 1600 sq ft townhouse.

I suppose your next post will be on weather patterns and a comparison of Texas temperatures vs those in Ontario? What a helpful soul you are.
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Rereading my post, I sound like an asshole. Sorry. It's just an amazing house. Looks almost too big.
Car was sold a while back. I needed a truck. Enjoy.
I'm sitting in an ice bath right now..too many burns.

Seriously, you didn't have to do that. It was a joke. I must ask though, it looks like you live in an isolated area. An I right or wrong? Just wondering.
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i love Houston - our paychecks go a looooooooooong way.

but stay the fuck out - all you derps are gonna terk mer jerbs.....





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Houston's recent track record is startling. For the calendar year ending in February, it saw the fastest pace of job growth (4.5%) among the country's 20 largest metropolitan areas. (With a population of 2.1 million, it's the fourth-largest U.S. city.) In 2011, the last year such data are available, Houston had the fastest-growing large metropolitan economy, at 3.7%.

Add to that a cost of living that is 7.8% below the U.S. average—New York is 53.4% above the average—and you can see the attraction for waves of new arrivals. Housing costs run a third less than the average in the 29 largest metro areas. Adjusting for these lower costs, Houston has the highest per-capita income of any city in the nation.
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oh, and lets not pretend that Houston isn't AMerica's #1 Job Creator


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It dominated the recession, crushed the recovery, and in a new analysis of jobs recovered since the downturn, its largest city stands apart as the most powerful job engine in the country -- by far.

The ten largest metros have recovered 98 percent of the jobs lost during the recession, on average. But Houston, the first major city to regain all the jobs lost in the downturn, has now added more than two jobs for every one it lost after the crash. That's incredible.

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I'm sitting in an ice bath right now..too many burns.

Seriously, you didn't have to do that. It was a joke. I must ask though, it looks like you live in an isolated area. An I right or wrong? Just wondering.
I wouldnt consider it a isolated area. Just far enough that your away from everything and off the beatin path that no one will just pull up in your drive. I live on the east side most people live on the west side. Most people have no idea this area exists, which is how I would like to keep it.
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i love Houston - our paychecks go a looooooooooong way.

but stay the fuck out - all you derps are gonna terk mer jerbs.....

The low cost of living in Houston sure is attractive, but certainly not enough for me to move there. I'm down there every now and then for my job and it is just too hot, too humid, too crowded, and too flat for my taste.
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The low cost of living in Houston sure is attractive, but certainly not enough for me to move there. I'm down there every now and then for my job and it is just too hot, too humid, too crowded, and too flat for my taste.
too hot yes - too humid yes.

too crowded !?!?

not really - the density of Houston is some of the best in the nation of a population of over 2 million.

example: take 120 people and put them in the middle of a basketball court - call that Philadelphia or Boston or Miami or San Francisco.

then take 200 people and put them on a football field - call that Houston.

more people in Houston and it STILL doesn't feel as crowded because the area is much bigger.
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Are you a music producer? I think I see some Yamaha NS10's...
No NS10's, just HS80ms:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A0kW2ggmaj...-hs80mpar.jpeg

Same brand, newer speaker. But I do dabble in producing
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to prove my point, here is a perfect example.

you'll notice 5 things in this link.

(1) Houston's Metro Area has 5.9 million people in it
(2) it's the 5th most populated Metro Area in the nation
(3) it's population density is ranked 31 out of 50 of the biggest Metro Areas in the nation
(4) Houston only has 4,109 people per square mile
(5) Houston has as many people as San Diego, Las Vegas and Milwaukee COMBINED, but it has about 1500 people LESS per square mile

http://agbeat.com/economic-news/amer...-dense-cities/
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too hot yes - too humid yes.

too crowded !?!?

not really - the density of Houston is some of the best in the nation of a population of over 2 million.

example: take 120 people and put them in the middle of a basketball court - call that Philadelphia or Boston or Miami or San Francisco.

then take 200 people and put them on a football field - call that Houston.

more people in Houston and it STILL doesn't feel as crowded because the area is much bigger.

Good point. It was a poor word choice on my part considering the density. What I should have said was "terrible traffic". I thought traffic in and around Denver was bad until I had to drive in Houston.
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Good point. It was a poor word choice on my part considering the density. What I should have said was "terrible traffic". I thought traffic in and around Denver was bad until I had to drive in Houston.
i will also agree on that.

being a commuting Houstonian since 1998, i can tell you that a person really has to know when and where to drive if they are on a schedule.

there could easily be 40-50 miles separating the south part of the Beltway to the north part of the Beltway (huge circle around the city).

most major cities aren't even 40 miles wide/long HAHA !!!!
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Litos - how do you find the bums in Houston?

To clarify, I mean street bums.

I was only in Houston for 2 weeks for some work, but I thought they were fairly aggressive in their pursuit for change / money. Especially considering they must have known most people were probably carrying. Though who knows...maybe they were carrying too...
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Litos - how do you find the bums in Houston?

To clarify, I mean street bums.

I was only in Houston for 2 weeks for some work, but I thought they were fairly aggressive in their pursuit for change / money. Especially considering they must have known most people were probably carrying. Though who knows...maybe they were carrying too...
there are bums at damn near every busy instersection here in Houston.

the funny thing is that they are "pan-handlers" feeding off of the generosity of Houston residents.

the real bums actually sleep in sleeping bags under bridges and use shopping carts to keep all of their belongings - real bums mind their own business and RARELY beg for money.

you can tell the difference between a REAL bum and a pan-handler...

that said, i gave a pan handler $5 one day just to take a picture of his sign




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then there was this other shitbird pan-handler.

i was driving to lunch one day when i see this guy on the street holding a sign that says "faith" - aahh fuck it, i rolled my window down and gave him a dollar.

he then asks me "is this dollar blessed by God ??"

i said "i dunno, it can get you some food though".

he then asks me "so let me ask you - what do you think about gays and lesbians !?!?"

i said "well, frankly, they can be gay or lesbian if they want, i don't care either way".

he said "NO, THAT'S NOT GOD'S WAY - SO I CAN'T TAKE THIS DOLLAR FROM YOU !!!"

so there i was, wondering if i had seriously been trolled by a bum...

either way, he was the reason why i don't hand out any money anymore....

so to any houston bums/panhandlers reading e90post, go fuck your own unwashed asses because LITOS ain't handin out no more cash to any of you cheese dicks....




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