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My company has presented me with an opportunity to relocate. Professionally, its a major opportunity, and both my wife and I are strongly considering taking it. What I am looking for is people who have moved from SoCal to Las Vegas. I want to know the good and the bad, what you miss most, places to avoid moving to, best places to look, etc. I know I am looking forward to being closer to Dumont!
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Post by Sandcock »

A missed oportunity will always haunt you, but be advised that even though the grass may be greener on the other side, you still have to mow it. Another thing, SoCal is very expensive. Have you thought about if you might want to come back? That said, I have some older friends that live there and do not plan to come back, i.e. they like it so much.

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Take a look at the cost-of-living differences. I was looking at a similar move to Phoenix a couple years ago. I started with Internet based 'Cost-of-Living Calculators' and that was a mistake! While these painted a rosey picture of 17% reduction in the cost of living, my actual analysis [getting insurance quotes, Dish estimates, review of real estate costs, etc] of what the changes would be concluded a 4% increase [a swing of 21%!!!].
As it turned out, my household expenses couldn't afford me the opportunity to reduce living costs [all my debt (and related monthly payments) remained the same no matter what state I lived in].
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In 1985 I was offered a job out here, company i worked for back in CT had a warehouse out here. I took the job....moved to sunny California and never looked back. And I was single then !
If i ever decide to move from OC i couldn't afford to move back!

Vegas isn't for everyone, but many move there and love it. I think many get caught up in Gambling / partying. Best to avoid both.

Many have brought up some very good points on here !
It may be one of those deals that if you don't take the job, you will Forever wonder....what if.

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Post by gelwell »

I think you should take a hard look at it professionally. Will the new experiences translate to more income and advancement later in your life when your expertise level increases? Can I take this new position now and go to another area in the future with better money?

I agree with Sandcock about coming back. You might want a strategy that at least allows the option. If you own your home in So Cal you will definately want to try and keep it since values have continued to climb over time. Take an equity line out for the down payment for the Vegas house and rent the So Cal home with the equity payment built in to the rent payment. That way you can have 2 investments and still giving you the option to return.

Personally I have had many opportunities to relocate for better positions, but my so cal lifestyle means more to me than a couple extra bucks. While you're still within striking distance of Mother Glamis, it probably would be a tougher decision for you if you had to move further. So I think you could maintain some of your so cal lifestyle in southern nevada.
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Post by Washroad »

I spent some time in Vegas, way back when I15 was the only freeway.

It gets hot there. I remember driving home at 6:30pm and it was 117!! I didn't have a/c in the ol' VW bug and it was scorchin', trust me.

Winter is much colder than here.

Richb says Vegas is expensive. Property is still less than here, but utilities keep going up rapidly, auto insurance is pretty high, they don't have Prop. 13 to protect you on property taxes (I used to own land there and the taxes went up regularly at a lot more than 2% a year).

But then again, you just may really like it over there! Lots to do at night. Also, a lot of people live in Pahrump and commute/ride share to Vegas.
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Post by L&L Corvairs »

FWIW…

I’ve had a couple of offers to move out of state over the years. Darn good ones. I passed because no amount of money can replace family and friends and they are (mostly) here in So. Cal.

Everyone’s POV is different and ultimately, you should choose what will make YOU (and the spouse) the happiest.

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We moved from So-Cal to Vegas (Henderson) in 1995 and have not looked back. I was born and raised in San Bernardino. About the only things I miss is going camping in Big Bear and eating at Rosa Maria's. We will not stay here after we retire, but it is a great place to make a living.

The cost of living is close to the same, some things are more some are less. We have to smog EVERY year and smog diesels. DMV fees are a little higher. Gas is cheaper. Housing depends on what part of town you go to. I live in a nice part of Henderson and there is a house down the street from for sell. It's 4 bedroom 3 bath 2200sq ft 2 story with Rv access and a 3 car garage on an 8200 sq ft lot, it's listed for $359,900.

There is a lot of vice here, 24 hour drinking, gambling, smoking, just about anything you can think of. But you don't have to do any of it. I have not been to the "Strip" in 3 years. We do go to small local casinos once in a while. We went to one for fathers day and we both had Prime rib and a pound of crab legs (I swear it was 2 pounds). The total bill was $37.00 8) .

As far as good places to live, a lot depends on where your office will be. Our freeways suck. It can take 45 mins to go the 20 miles from Summerland to downtown Vegas. It takes 20 mins to do the same 20 miles from Henderson.

Also the whole area has grown so fast that there are Million dollar homes down there street from the projects. We came up 3 different times looking at areas. We decided on Henderson. Everything is close, crime is lower and is has more of a rural fill.

One big thing here is the summers. It gets HOT. The news reports the "Chamber of commerce weather". I guess no one would come to Vegas if they knew it was 120 degs. And it does not cool down very much at night. In August it can be 100degs at midnight.


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Washroad wrote:I spent some time in Vegas, way back when I15 was the only freeway.
Awww...c'mon...be honest!! You mean route 66 or Covered Wagon Tracks.... :lol:
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Bryan,

Congrats!! I suggest if you can pull it off, rent your house out here and rent in LV. That way say in a year if you want to stay (and the market stabilizes) you can sell here and buy there...

I'm doing it a bit different but I've been planning on moving for 2 years now. I bought and rented out where I'm moving to. When I do move I'll rent here until the market rebounds.

Like you I'll also be closer to Dumont than Glamis but Dumont will be 6hrs away. On the other hand Oceano will only be 45 min.

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Don't do it. Vegas is turning into the 909 of Nevada. My brother went to school in 29 palms, Half his senior class moved to vegas. In the last 5 years every single one of them has left. The good days are GONE. High crime, high costs, POOR leadership, and horrible freeways. The only reason to move to Nevada was for a lower cost of living. That is gone and you don't have the beaches, mountains, Glamis or Pismo. I wouldn't do it, you'll never get back in to California if you leave. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Post by BHenry »

Thanks for all the replies guys. I don't think keeping the house here as a rental is a viable option. We had started remodeling as soon as we moved in, and never really finished. And in all honesty, we have no intention of coming back when we do leave (we've had our minds made up about that for a while). Most of our family has left already, so other than nostalgia and inertia, nothing is really holding us here.

On the professional side, the opportunity is just too huge to ignore. Vegas is the number one meeting market in the country, if not the world. If we are successful there, the company would make more money than we currrently do in all of California.
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How hard is it to get a rail street legal in Nevada? :lol:
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From what I've heard, all you have to do is ask nicely....and tip the DMV rep $100 bucks. It is Vegas after all 8)
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Well, the opportunity within the company was just too great. I put in for, and have received official word that I got the transfer. We take over operations August 1, so my house and plenty o' stuff is going up for sale!

I'll be cleaning out my garage this week, and plan on having a yard sale next weekend. I'll post of some of the bigger ticket items here (such as the engine hoist, cement mixer, etc) once I get pics taken.
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Does this mean that you will now be the ASA Nevada Event Committee Chairman???? :lol:

At least you haven't moved away from the dunes and and have moved closer to several lakes...... :D

Congrats!!!
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Congratulations again! See you in Dumont! 8)

We officially broke ground Thursday so I'll be right behind you...only I'm going in a different direction...

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ChoppedLiver wrote:Congratulations again! See you in Dumont! 8)

We officially broke ground Thursday so I'll be right behind you...only I'm going in a different direction...
Good going Ron :D

Are the LEDs ready yet? :lol:
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The LED's are IN! We had to slightly rework the billets but they should be done Monday or Tuesday. Call Suzi at the office (I'm on vacation this week) if you want some as our back orders are pretty hefty.

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BHenry wrote:Well, the opportunity within the company was just too great. I put in for, and have received official word that I got the transfer. We take over operations August 1, so my house and plenty o' stuff is going up for sale!

I'll be cleaning out my garage this week, and plan on having a yard sale next weekend. I'll post of some of the bigger ticket items here (such as the engine hoist, cement mixer, etc) once I get pics taken.
Congrats Bryan and good luck!!! Hope to continue to see you around and about. It's been great working with you. As I said before, you'll be missed.
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As promised, here is the link to my stuff I want to sell rather than move:

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Post by Woodglue »

Wow Bryan!
Congratulations, but geeez:
BHenry wrote: We take over operations August 1, so my house and plenty o' stuff is going up for sale!
:shock: You going to be a busy boy eh? Lots of stuff to get done, and not so much time to do it in. Hang in there man, it sounds like it's worth all the effort! :wink:
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