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Old 02-06-2008, 11:19 AM   #1
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I may be moving my family and Painting bussiness to Arizona, Chandler Area. Can anybody give me any market info. busy times of year, etc..is new construction bad out there. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I'm also curious to the cost of living and Property taxes. Thanks again for any help


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Can't help you with your Q due to being from Pittsburgh. Just wanted to wish you luck on your new adventure.
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You can probably do a google search to get the cost of living and property taxes. I wish you luck. With real estate dying Arizona has been hit pretty well in the areas outside of Phoenix that were growing at a tremendous place. A friend of mine had a landscape company down there, his own nursery, and started flipping homes. Now he's sitting on three mortgages that he can't get out of or rent the houses out either. Just went bankrupt and is trying to liquidate his assets to move back home with his parents (bringing the wife too). I wish you luck....expect it to be a bullish market where you will have to work hard for your work.

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least you'll have year round work! Arizona is a beautiful place. I visited in '93. I would think being so close to the border could make it tough, if you know what I mean. Do a lot of research before taking the leap-sometimes you learn some vital things with research.

I wish you luck either way though. Watch out for those snakes and check your shoes daily for scorpions! I'm not joking...the natives do it
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You realize that you may be competing with low wage illegals?
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Mejor aprenda hablar la lengua materna, que sería español.
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See, you aren't ready to move to the SW.
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Poquito trabajo por la Gente aqui, y tu? Ha! Lo siento mucho.
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Trabajo es trabajo el problema es el respeto al necocio de la pintura. Tengan un buen dia.
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here's a link for arizona info http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108181.html

...and this whole learning spanish thing...there's no reason you need to learn spanish to flourish there

if that theory we're to apply, I guess living in the upper US would be impossible without learning French with Canada being so close-not true at all
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Rich, you are right. I was trying to be funny with the Spanish thing. But in regards to learning French if you are close to Canada, well that doesn't hold water. The French-Canadians are not invading our country yet.
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With all the retiring baby boomers from the midwest relocating in the SW I would think that catering to that market would be profitable. Offer professional, LEGAL, English service and I'm sure you would do fine. Good Luck!
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The French-Canadians are not invading our country yet
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With all the retiring baby boomers from the midwest relocating in the SW I would think that catering to that market would be profitable.
Really?
Your experience must be a bit different than mine.

Trying to earn a living from folks on a fixed income is tough.
Especially when their retirement fund was heavily invested in hedge funds.

They like to golf, and play tennis, though.
Does that count?

Perhaps you have never had someone grind your price for a repaint while standing in their driveway next to their bassboat with a new 250hp Verado powerhead that was just installed at the shop.

Been there,
Done that!

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Here's someting I found on the Phoenix area...

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Maricopa: Part 1





26942 N 103RD ST
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Total Loss: $805,000Percent Loss: 17.9%Asking Price: $3,695,000
Bedrooms:4 Baths: 5 Sq. feet:5001Listing History:
Down 19.6% from $4,595,000 On 2007-07-28

Days on market: 196
# of Times Listed: 1
Previous Sales:
Sold on 2006-06-26 for $4,500,000

MLS# 2737217 Google Maps


24056 N 112TH PL
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Total Loss: $750,100Percent Loss: 45.5%Asking Price: $899,900
Bedrooms:3 Baths: 3 Sq. feet:3501
Days on market: 98
# of Times Listed: 1
Previous Sales:
Sold on 2007-02-05 for $1,650,000

MLS# 2928592 Google Maps


I'm sure MLS will be pleased I'm spreading the word for them, since you ARE interested in relocating there...
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Really?
Your experience must be a bit different than mine.

Trying to earn a living from folks on a fixed income is tough.
Especially when their retirement fund was heavily invested in hedge funds.

They like to golf, and play tennis, though.
Does that count?

Perhaps you have never had someone grind your price for a repaint while standing in their driveway next to their bassboat with a new 250hp Verado powerhead that was just installed at the shop.

Been there,
Done that!

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Fastest growing housing market in the country. I would think someone needs there house painted by a pro? I'm just bitter that my wealthy clients are retiring there.
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I may be moving my family and Painting bussiness to Arizona, Chandler Area. Can anybody give me any market info. busy times of year, etc..is new construction bad out there. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I'm also curious to the cost of living and Property taxes. Thanks again for any help


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Hey Lason,

I am in chi too. I go down there once a yr (mom lives their) everything is beige! no colors, too hot in summer, exterior mostly stucco no wood, and all the walls inside are knock down texture a lot different then were use too with smooth drywall etc.

And yes the market is being hit hard there with the housing bubble blow out. But if you go I wish you luck... One less painter here in Chicago
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OK, I posted gloom & doom, and Paint to Fish called me on it...

There were other, more appropriate listings I should have posted...

However, I will admit, I can't find a lot of info regarding the area, as compared to others.

Therefore, I would say it's a possibility...

Who has direct info on Arizona???

I'm in contact with a couple tradesmen, on another board, who ARE there.
I'll ask them specifically, and return with what I find out.

Sry if I went to the dark side...
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I'm close to the border here. housing has been hit hard. & along with having the illegals biding agaist you it's a tough market. but it can be done so far i'm surviving but plan on buusting your butt & fighting for everthing you get.
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