(Closed) Housing Dilemma

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Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

No way would I commute 140 miles round trip every work day. Even by train that’s 90+ minutes each way and $7000 ain’t worth 3 hours of my time every single day. I’d stay put and pay the higher rent for the time being and re-evaluate in 6 months.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

Oh my, 140 miles everyday, no thank you! Can you & your Fiance meet half halfway so you’re only driving say 100 miles or less per day? Also, keep in mind the cost of gas, train tickets, & a WiFi hot spot over the course of 12 months & see if that’s worth the $7k & your sanity.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I agree… 70 miles each way is crazy. I can’t even drive the 15 or so miles to school without getting annoyed. That travel time will eat up all your free time and will increases costs elsewhere (higher insurance, more gas, wear & tear on your car, etc.). I would suggest meeting in the middle, but even then 35 miles/ way is still a lot. If you make significantly more than your fiance then maybe he should continue looking in your area? Or if not you could find something in his area, maybe?

Just wondering, what’s rent in Miami like? Because where I live $7000 isn’t even half a years worth of  rent… 🙁 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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fmichelled123:  I don’t know. I guess if you can take a train and do homework, and you enjoy your job, it might not be SO horrible. I did 50 miles each way for about 6 months and I wanted to drive right off every bridge I crossed. But I hated the job so that might have had something to do with it. Good luck whatever you decide.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

why can’t you split the distance and each commute 35 miles? Seems like a better idea all around.

however if that’s not an option then it depends on a lot of factors. How often do you go to work? 5 days a week? Is it normal rush hour times? Have you tried taking the train before? Is it busy? Can you actually sit and do work? If you drive how bad is traffic?

i have an 80 mile commute each way but I’m an ER doc so I work off hours and only 3-4 days per week so it’s really not bad. Takes me about an hour and a half each way and I almost never hit traffic. If I had to sit in traffic for hours each day it would drive me nuts!!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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skplue: 7k is 1.6 months of rent in SF these days 🙁

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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bitsybee:  Geez! I thought Honolulu was expensive! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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skplue: honolulu is pricey too! Is the situation there more stable? It used to be 3.5k a few months ago, but the rents are rising like crazy!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I used to live in miami, my apartment was $600 on N 125th and Biscayne. It was a nice tiled apartment in a decent area, gated community, just a one bedroom though but you can just see the ocean from the balcony. I can give you the contact number of my landlord. He sublets the apartment. That will save you a commute atleast and the rent is so cheap for the area! It saves you a crazy commute in Miami traffic. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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bitsybee:  Wow! Does that get you a nice house at least? How does anyone afford that?! I think the median here is $2.3k – $2.4k. That’s so high!!

Yes thank goodness! Oahu has been consistently expensive though. :l My grandparents old, in need of serious repair home appraised for 650k about 6 years ago. Man that house needed a lot of work! It really wouldn’t be too bad if jobs here paid more. My engineer fiance was offered an engineering position for $12/ hour. We were shocked. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would look along the train route and pick something that gives you about 50 miles on the train and your fiance 20 miles to drive to his dads buisness. This should keep your fiances commute to under half and hour depending on what kind of roads and shorten your train commute a little. 

My husband commuted 45 min each way (45 miles) for two years before we bought our house. He hated it and he barely ever hit traffic. My commute we only 15 min so I like our location. We moved and now each commute 25 min. I drive north and he drives south from our house so it works well. 

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