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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In The Us

December 23, 2012

George asks…

Where is the cheapest place to live?

I am going to be moving in a few year’s and I was wanting a place that is cheap and easy to get job, apartments without credit check’s and be able to use a debit card. Yes the city or town can be in or outside of the US . I would like the temperature’s be in the range from 65 F to 70 F all year long. Sorry if wrong category.
I am going to let this go to a vote and see what yahoo posters say is the cheapest place to live.

Administrator answers:

The following places are cheap, and depending whether you choose north or south of the country will decide the temperature.

Thailand, Malaysia. Burma, Cambodia, India , China, Vietnam,
Bolivia, Ecuador.

However the likelihood of getting a job depends on your qualifications and experience. Working for yourself is the easiest.

Mary asks…

Can we afford to relocate?

My husband is looking for a job in another city, if he gets one we would have to move. The job he is currently interested in would pay about $5,000/year more than he’s making now ($55,000/year). Our current expendable income is about $300 a month. We have $3000 in credit card debt with a $0 interest rate until April of 2008. We do not have any savings. If he gets the job, our idea is that he would rent a cheap apartment in the new city and drive home on the weekends (if we could afford it), while I would sell the house here and pack. We would probably not make any profit off of our house. We are faced with financing everything for buying a new home (downpayment, closing costs, etc.). Does this seem doable, or do you think we’d be facing major debt? Are there any other cheaper ideas for us transitioning to the new city?

Administrator answers:

I have an idea. Shoot me an email to msmith@premierloangroup.com, and we’ll chat.

Marty

Joseph asks…

Im planning to go to Paris…?

Hiya! Right, basically im planning to go to Paris with a few friends and I haven’t the foggiest where to start, The plan is we go to Paris for three days then go on too Disneyland for three days.

There are at least 4 of us going possibly 6 (17-21 years old) and ive been looking to the interwebs and found out that it would be easier and cheaper for us if we got an apartment in paris, but i dont know what to look for on google, im putting in the obvious into the search engine and im getting nothing that i want. so if anyone have any ideas or websites that have good hotels/appartments that are cheap.

ALSO…

Does Anyone have any idea how to get to Disneyland from Paris?

Thank you in advance!

Administrator answers:

There is so much to see and do in Paris, whatever your interests, I suggest you buy a guide book suitable for your group, e.g. Rough Guide to Paris.
Apartments can be rented over the internet and is a cost effective way of staying in this expensive city if you are in a group. Websites like http://www.feelparis.com/en/ are available in English. Catering will be fun if nobody in your party speaks French and you will pay through the nose if you only speak English.
Trains run from all the major Train stations in Paris to Marne-la-Vallee Chessy station which is in Disneyland, although at your ages I would be disappointed if you didn’t have more fun in a real city than a make-believe one!

Susan asks…

Cheap places to live in the US?

Currently I live in New York, never thought I would leave but the cost of living is insane. Me a family member and her 2 small children want to get a place together, preferably a 3 bedroom apartment away from California. Also has to be near a University because I will need to transfer soon. If you comment with a city please post what colleges are in that area. Thank you so much.

Administrator answers:

Huntsville, Al has a small downtown area, with the surrounding city sprawling out- lots of suburban neighborhoods with affordable housing. UAH is here. It’s a thriving community and has been since the early days of rocketry- no banjos (haha)- thanks to NASA and the defense industry here. Plenty to do in short driving distances- a gem of the south.

San Antonio, Tx has a large downtown area, but the surrounding suburbs of Converse, New Braunfels, and Live Oak have affordable housing. Everything’s bigger in Tx. UTSA is here. The training hub of the Air Force is here. Traffic can be a bit much, but it’s a fun city.

Carbondale, Il is a small college town with so-so affordable housing. Not a bustling hub, but it’s a college town.

Avoid Washington DC. It’s a big overpriced slum.

Lisa asks…

Can anyone give me advice about finding a cheap apartment in Europe?

My boyfriend and I both work online, so we have a lot of flexibility as to where we can live. We are interested in finding a cheap apartment (we want to be able to travel easily and frequently) in Europe. We are both very open-minded, so where is less of an issue than how much. Any suggestions?

Administrator answers:

This isn’t quite so easy as just finding an apartment an moving. Assuming you’re not an EU citizen, you’ll need to get a visa that allows you to work and live here. In your case, you would be self-employed, but you still need the visa and are subject to being taxed in your host country. If you’re from the US, you may also have to file taxes there as well. That would certainly be the case if you moved here to Italy.

EU citizens have the right to live and work within the EU, but others need a visa to live and work here legally. You can’t just decide to relocate and go. The site for visas here in Italy, for example, is: http://www.esteri.it/visti/index_eng.asp . The site has links to the application, the additional information you need to supply in order to get the visa and where to apply.

The rules in much of the EU have been harmonized and will be similar. You can also check the website of the consulate of various countries that has jurisdiction over you for other information. For example, for England try the consulate that has jurisdiction over your area; there are links to the consulates in the US here: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/our-offices… . You cannot apply for the visa from Italy; you need to do that before you arrive. When you get here, you will have to apply for a Permesso di Soggiorno (Permission to Stay) from the authorities. With the economy now, jobs are scarce – a lot of companies have a hiring freeze in place. The unemployment rate in Spain is around 20% for example and almost 50% in the 16 to 24 year old age group. One other thing will be language skills; you’ll need to be able to work in Italian here. However, in the larger cities, there is more English spoken than in the countryside and that would generally be true throughout Europe. You should still expect work to be done largely in the local languages though.

A work permit is separate – you cannot apply for that yourself. The company has to apply and they have to be able to demonstrate that there is not a viable EU candidate for the job. As a result, jobs for foreigners including Canadian or US citizens are pretty much restricted to people with special education, knowledge, or experience. The medical/healthcare field may have the most demand right now. You will need to know the language. When I applied for a visa several years ago, the process took about 8 months even though it was just of transfer of the job I was already doing from the US to Italy. Actually getting the visa after the paperwork was in place was pretty quick though (about a week). Since you wouldn’t be working as a dependent of a company, this may not be so difficult for you.

It’s useful to check the expat sites for information about living and working here or other places you might be interested in:

http://www.escapeartist.com/

http://www.expatica.com/

http://expatsinitaly.com/Old_Site/index.…

There are similar sites specific to just about any country you might be interested in that you can find by searching for “ex pat” or “expat” and the name of the country. Generally, these will have a lot of good information on daily life and negotiating the bureaucracy when you arrive and provide you with useful information you should know before you make the transition.

Generally, it’s more expensive to live here than in North America. My small one bedroom apartment in nothern Italy costs about as much to maintain as my 4 bedroom home in Colorado. However, there is no land or air-conditioning here and heating and electric costs are for a much smaller space. Fuel is more expensive here than there. Some specific items are cheaper here than there, but not enough to offset the bigger considerations. It is pretty easy to travel and explore from here though.

You might look at places like Croatia, Montenegro, Lithuania, … For lower prices.

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