Julianne Krutka
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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 8/3/2017

It can take time to adjust to life in a big city even if close family members live in the city. People tend to walk and drive faster in a big city. Corporate executives and business managers stretch you, pushing you for more sales or support work. It's easy to get caught up in the pace of big city living.

Before you know it, months have passed and you haven't kept in touch with friend where  you formerly lived as you promised that you would. You also might have started to worry that you won't be able to keep up with the speed that events occur in the town you moved to.

Tips to become more comfortable with your big city home

Be patient with yourself. A lot of people who buy a house in a large town feel out of sorts until they get adjusted to the change. You can adjust to your move and enjoy a deeper appreciation for your new home. Following are a few actions that can help you to make the adjustment.

  • Research the city, not just housing, months before you make the move. Learn about restaurants, hospitals, shopping centers and entertainment venues. Find out how far your house is from these and other facilities.
  • Join online discussion forums that are led by people who have lived in the city for years. Ask questions and pay attention to key topics that forum members raise.
  • Consider becoming a member of book clubs,professional networking groups and arts organizations in the big city that you recently bought a house in.
  • Tune into online radio and television stations that are headquartered in the town your new home is located in.
  • Visit the city several weeks before your scheduled move. Spend a weekend or longer exploring the city. Take public transportation to tourists venues and other major locations. It's a good way to learn about a city.
  • Schedule events that you'll attend after you move. The sooner you get involved in local events, the sooner you can start getting adjusted to a big city.
  • Look at the move as a positive choice instead of as a loss.
  • Enroll your children in schools early. This could help your children to adjust to the move.
  • Introduce yourself to neighbors after you move.If you're moving to a rental property, get out and attend community events.It's a great way to meet more people who share the same community that you do.
  • Sign up to mentor youth.
  • Volunteer with community and local charitable organizations. It feels good to give back. It's also a good way to feel a part of a town. You could even get involved with charitable events through your employer.

Moving to anew home can get you closer to fulfilling your personal goals. If your new home is located in a big city, the move can create uncertainty. Knowing what to expect before you move, can remove some uncertainties and strengthen your confidence that you will spot and take advantage of rewarding  opportunities as you continue to explore and settle into your new community.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 3/9/2017

Americans spend a little more than 25 minutes a day commuting to work. Add in the time that it takes to get home and Americans are spending nearly an hour a day getting to and from work. To improve your commute, you could join city transportation committees and push for roadway upgrades and public transportation expansion. But, it takes time to see the results of those efforts.

Measurable big city residence savings

Moving into a house in a big city is a quicker path to a shorter work commute. Time and auto maintenance savings aren't the only ways that you can save money if you move to a big city. Other money savings that you could enjoy after you take up residence in a big city are:

  • Auto expenses - It's not just auto maintenance costs that you can save if you rent or buy a house in a big city. You can forego a car in many big cities. Instead of paying monthly auto payments and auto insurance, you can pocket that money. You can also use the money to build your savings.
  • College tuition - Respected colleges and universities are located in major towns. As a big city dweller, you can save on college tuition, because you'll qualify for the lower in-state tuition rates.
  • Thrift shops and consignment stores - Forget shopping at upscale stores, designer shops and malls. Take advantage of lower prices at thrift shops and consignment stores.
  • Roommates - Split the cost of renting an apartment or renting a house in a big city. Take in a reliable and a safe roommate. College students living in a big cities regularly take advantage of this housing savings.
  • Exterior house costs - Yards are often smaller in big cities. Save on yard equipment if you take up residence in a big city. For example, you can save on fertilizer, snow blowers and hedge cutters.
  • Higher paying jobs - Fortune 500 companies are often headquartered in big cities. You could earn thousands more a year if you work in a big city.
  • Work from home - Open a home business. Reserve space at a temporary office to conduct meetings with potential clients. Attend networking and social events in the city to find new clients. There are plenty of opportunities to network with financially successful prospects in big cities.

Don't rule out moving to a big city during your house search. Ask colleagues, friends and relatives to recommend realtors that charge reasonable commissions. You could also try out big city living by closing on a rent-to-own home. Try to get it written into your rent-to-own contract that you'll be refunded a certain portion of your rent should you decide not to buy the house. Also, put the price you agree to pay for the house, should you decide to buy, into the written contract.

Continue to save for a down payment while you rent. Another thing to do if you rent,instead of buy a house, in a big city is to take actions that strengthen your credit. Do this and not only can you save by living in a big city, you'll position yourself for greater savings when you do buy a house.




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