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Need to convince the wife....

Ok guys, I need your help. As some of you know, I have been looking to move away from MI. I now have a job offer in Albuquerque but I need to convince the wife that its a good place to move to. I need to convince her why its better than MI. If anyone knows anything about the place and can provide me real reasons to move (aside from the weather) please post up.
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Architect Christopher Calott and his wife, psychiatrist Dora Wang, left San Francisco eight years ago for downtown Albuquerque. They bought a $160,000 Craftsman bungalow, which is now worth $280,000. "If we hadn't moved to Albuquerque, we would be working ourselves to the bone just to stay afloat," Christopher says. They are among the many professionals who moved here to reinvent themselves and advance their careers. Christopher, 45, left a full-time teaching post to launch an architectural firm, and the low cost of living lets Dora, 44, focus on writing books.

Value doesn't stop at the city limits. For about $200,000 you can get a two-story home with a mountain view in the pastoral North Valley neighborhood. In ritzy High Desert, in the Sandia foothills, $600,000 buys a 2,300-square-foot home with a deluxe kitchen and a fireplace in the living room. Hemmed in on three sides by Indian reservations and Kirtland Air Force base, Albuquerque sprawls to the west. Thirty minutes to the northwest in Rio Rancho, the state's fastest-growing city, buyers can find a new four-bedroom, 2,800-square-foot home for $294,000.

Many artists, fleeing pricey Santa Fe and Taos, have found a haven in Albuquerque, and their bohemian influence marks the Nob Hill art galleries.

The University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories help to fuel the local economy, and their collective cranial power has sparked a number of energy and technology start-ups. Intel employs 5,200 workers at a nearby chip plant.

Healthy, outdoor living is central to Albuquerque's culture. You can hit the slopes in the morning and the golf greens in the afternoon for what locals call a "ski and tee."

But the West is still wild, and the city's one big downside is a violent-crime rate that's twice the national average. On the plus side, though, the rate is falling faster than the national average.

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just leave off the last paragraph when telling her this info..................
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Architect Christopher Calott and his wife, psychiatrist Dora Wang, left San Francisco eight years ago for downtown Albuquerque. They bought a $160,000 Craftsman bungalow, which is now worth $280,000. "If we hadn't moved to Albuquerque, we would be working ourselves to the bone just to stay afloat," Christopher says. They are among the many professionals who moved here to reinvent themselves and advance their careers. Christopher, 45, left a full-time teaching post to launch an architectural firm, and the low cost of living lets Dora, 44, focus on writing books.

Value doesn't stop at the city limits. For about $200,000 you can get a two-story home with a mountain view in the pastoral North Valley neighborhood. In ritzy High Desert, in the Sandia foothills, $600,000 buys a 2,300-square-foot home with a deluxe kitchen and a fireplace in the living room. Hemmed in on three sides by Indian reservations and Kirtland Air Force base, Albuquerque sprawls to the west. Thirty minutes to the northwest in Rio Rancho, the state's fastest-growing city, buyers can find a new four-bedroom, 2,800-square-foot home for $294,000.

Many artists, fleeing pricey Santa Fe and Taos, have found a haven in Albuquerque, and their bohemian influence marks the Nob Hill art galleries.

The University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories help to fuel the local economy, and their collective cranial power has sparked a number of energy and technology start-ups. Intel employs 5,200 workers at a nearby chip plant.

Healthy, outdoor living is central to Albuquerque's culture. You can hit the slopes in the morning and the golf greens in the afternoon for what locals call a "ski and tee."

But the West is still wild, and the city's one big downside is a violent-crime rate that's twice the national average. On the plus side, though, the rate is falling faster than the national average.

-- Thomas M. Anderson
Kiplinger.com


just leave off the last paragraph when telling her this info..................
Im not worried about the crime. Its nothing a house alarm, a shotgun and a rottwieler cant handle.
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Here's their city site http://www.abqcvb.org/


What might be some points that you could point out, that she enjoys doing? That may be what you need to use to help persuade her. You may also try to take a few days vacation to the area, to try and find out her feelings about the place.

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What might be some points that you could point out, that she enjoys doing? That may be what you need to use to help persuade her. You may also try to take a few days vacation to the area, to try and find out her feelings about the place.

Well inportant things are school district, trees, low crime, water (lakes and streams) general outdoor rereation.
We are going there next week for 5 days paid by the company.
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From a strictly financial viewpoint; I don't know your circumstances. I assume that this would be a step up careerwise; if both of you work, then her career options also are relavent; I have family in the Alb Nm area, and they swear by the area; would not live anywhere else; just a hop, skip and a jump from Santa Fe, Angelfire. ect.

If the numbers make sense, (housing, salaries, ect. plus the upward trending real estate market in NM vs the stagnent or downward MI market, plus if you own your home in MI, are you going to take a beating by selling?), I would convince your wife to take a weekend and fly out there and look around (many businesses will foot the bill for a "wifey weekend" for a prospective employee.) I assume they are paying relocation costs?

I assume that this area has some attraction for you besides just a job offer; list the things that attracted you and then see if they dovetail with her desires. Let the place sell itself...if you don't and just talk her into a move and she doesn't like it you will regret it for A LONG TIME.
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Just put your foot down and tell her to pack her stuff and don't ask questions. You're the man of the house and what you say goes, and you say you're movin to Albuquerque.


Then RUN like this! lol.
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Well inportant things are school district, trees, low crime, water (lakes and streams) general outdoor rereation.
We are going there next week for 5 days paid by the company.

Just read your post about a 5 day. She'll either like it or not, a hard sell for that area won't be required...your job is to make certain the numbers for you folks as a family make sense, long and short term.
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From a strictly financial viewpoint; I don't know your circumstances. I assume that this would be a step up careerwise; if both of you work, then her career options also are relavent; I have family in the Alb Nm area, and they swear by the area; would not live anywhere else; just a hop, skip and a jump from Santa Fe, Angelfire. ect.

If the numbers make sense, (housing, salaries, ect. plus the upward trending real estate market in NM vs the stagnent or downward MI market, plus if you own your home in MI, are you going to take a beating by selling?), I would convince your wife to take a weekend and fly out there and look around (many businesses will foot the bill for a "wifey weekend" for a prospective employee.) I assume they are paying relocation costs?

I assume that this area has some attraction for you besides just a job offer; list the things that attracted you and then see if they dovetail with her desires. Let the place sell itself...if you don't and just talk her into a move and she doesn't like it you will regret it for A LONG TIME.
Yes they are footing the bill for a trip and paying relocation and he salary increase is pretty substantial. I dont thing we will take much of a hit on the sale of our house but it might take a while 6 months +.
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From a strictly financial viewpoint; I don't know your circumstances. I assume that this would be a step up careerwise; if both of you work, then her career options also are relavent; I have family in the Alb Nm area, and they swear by the area; would not live anywhere else; just a hop, skip and a jump from Santa Fe, Angelfire. ect.

If the numbers make sense, (housing, salaries, ect. plus the upward trending real estate market in NM vs the stagnent or downward MI market, plus if you own your home in MI, are you going to take a beating by selling?), I would convince your wife to take a weekend and fly out there and look around (many businesses will foot the bill for a "wifey weekend" for a prospective employee.) I assume they are paying relocation costs?

I assume that this area has some attraction for you besides just a job offer; list the things that attracted you and then see if they dovetail with her desires. Let the place sell itself...if you don't and just talk her into a move and she doesn't like it you will regret it for A LONG TIME.
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Dude... seriously... I'm not gonna tell you this again!... TAKE NOTES FROM YOUR SIG! YOUR THE MAN, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO SAY ****... JUST WALK UP... PUNCH HER IN THE MOUTH AND POINT TO THE TRUCK.


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it's hard to say cause it really wouldn't be much of a choice to me... I'd LOVE to be in NM... hot weather!
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Dude... seriously... I'm not gonna tell you this again!... TAKE NOTES FROM YOUR SIG! YOUR THE MAN, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO SAY ****... JUST WALK UP... PUNCH HER IN THE MOUTH AND POINT TO THE TRUCK.


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it's hard to say cause it really wouldn't be much of a choice to me... I'd LOVE to be in NM... hot weather!
Hey your from the PNW. So is my wife, trying to convince her to move to a place that has almost no trees, is going to be tough.
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Hey your from the PNW. So is my wife, trying to convince her to move to a place that has almost no trees, is going to be tough.
Yeah that is a drawback... and I miss alot about the PNW every day... Alaska is similar but not the same...

but between NM and Michigan... NM every time... just not a huge fan of Michaigan but then again I can count on one hand the amount of times I've been there.

Where in the PNW is she from?

have you tried talking to your wife at all about it and your just looking at a hard sell?
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is this a recent offer and you haven't mentioned it to her yet?
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Yeah that is a drawback... and I miss alot about the PNW every day... Alaska is similar but not the same...

but between NM and Michigan... NM every time... just not a huge fan of Michaigan but then again I can count on one hand the amount of times I've been there.

Where in the PNW is she from?

have you tried talking to your wife at all about it and your just looking at a hard sell?
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is this a recent offer and you haven't mentioned it to her yet?
She is from Seattle.

She knows about the offer, she just isnt sold on it yet since she hasnt been there.
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She is from Seattle.

She knows about the offer, she just isnt sold on it yet since she hasnt been there.
Fly her down... do it soon before it gets TOO warm... it's gonna be hard for her with no rain... trust me... I miss the Oregon rains... it's weird... but up here we don't get much rain... just snow.
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Fly her down... do it soon before it gets TOO warm... it's gonna be hard for her with no rain... trust me... I miss the Oregon rains... it's weird... but up here we don't get much rain... just snow.
Yeah we are going next week for a few days.
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Good Luck Dude! I have a hard time getting my wife to decide on a place to eat!
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