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Aug 5, 2010 7:13AM

Thinking about Costa Rica?  Ground floor garden apartment right on the beach in the center of the Bay. Approx 1200sf, only 4 units in the building on a very large lot approx 10,000 sf  Taxes $56 per year!!! comes fully furnished , equipped check out the link



Oct 24, 2009 8:48AM
I live in Pittsburg, Kansas, population 20,000.  You can get a newly constructed home with  around 4500 square feet for about $350,000.  Houses don't really get up to $500,000 here.
Jul 23, 2009 9:50PM
I live in Henderson, Nevada.  There are 2000+ SqFt homes in the neighborhood where I live for around the $500K range, but I think people are still high asking those numbers(thanks to their realtors) for homes. Ya know, it seems the whole real estate market, not only in the US, but around the world, has really become something of a joke these days. It is just ridiculous when one sits back and thinks about the whole situation. Prices have not come down that much at all, where they would be in line with what is the "True Value" of each property. The Costa Rica comment tells it all for me and I can figure out, in a blink, why it is like that.  Read the orig article and take note of the person who is quoted in it and what he says.....REALTOR and "Oh yeah, the market is stablizing"........give me a break.  The whole real estate industry is just a huge ponzi scheme with the "brokers" and "Bankers" keeping everything way over inflated. $500K+ for a rathole in Boston, it's just pathetic that anyone would allow themselves to be bent over and screwed so obviously for anything like that. It's like the idiot that paid like what, $300K for a parking space in one of those stupid-azz cities!   Can anybody out there step up and say they are better off now than 5-8 years ago, in terms of income as opposed to inflated values of goods and services over that same time period. The economy, meaning ALL goods & services, needs a major correction still and I don't see it happening. The system will collapse before the powers that be actually lower prices down to affordable levels for the people who are available, with their income levels, to purchase those goods/services. Prices can only rise so high before there is no demand for things and the system collapses from top heavy greed. It's really sad to see where this country and the rest of the human being filled earth is heading. god bless the usa and capitalism, though!
Jul 14, 2009 2:51AM
Try on our town for size--the average price for a starter home here in lower CT is about $1.6 million. Although the schools are the best and taxes are low--we pay the price for being so close to New York City. Our 3400 st home cost us way more than most and we are struggling to keep up with the payments! Have no choice in the matter as my hubby works in NYC and we have to live here!
May 17, 2009 3:27AM
Just think...............in Costa Rica.......a small lot ,let's say Langosta Beach will cost you at least
$ 350,000,I think the best values are in the USA!!

May 12, 2009 9:15PM

Please tell more folks about living in Hawaii. I have a 2,500 sq ft single story home less than a block from a famous surf beach

in the town of Hilo. Pretty much crime free place.

Plenty of cool homes for 500.000!


May 12, 2009 7:57PM
Lovin' it in Vegas!  $360,000 gets me a 3 year old 6 bedroom 5 1/2 bath with a guest home on 1/2 acre with a custom pool and spa -- 4,700 square feet in all.  But, it did list for $1 million two years ago.  Great view of snow capped Mt. Charleston and the Strip.  Lots of foreign money is buying up foreclosures and prices are stabilizing and quality homes are going up in value.  Come on over and buy, but don't expect to low-ball the REO's -- you won't be the winning bidder.  In central valley NorCal, my former 5 bedroom 4 bath home on 1/3 acre with huge pool, RV garage, on the river is now going for under $250 thousand.  No way I'd ever pay $500 thousand for a place smaller than my garage.  Gads, you can fit almost 6 of those places into what I got for 30 % less!
May 12, 2009 12:14PM

Wow I feel lucky to live in London, Canada as $500,000 would buy you one heck of a house - at the very least a brand new 4 bedroom, 3 bath, all brick exterior 2 storey of 3000+ sq.ft. with a double car garage and it'll be in a really nice area. Sounds like home prices are very inflated in the major cities in the U.S.  The average price of a home in this city of 490,000 people is $234,000.

Here you could still buy 'starter homes' (3 bedroom bungalow around 30 years old) for under $200000 last year. Now they'd be at least 5% cheaper.

May 12, 2009 3:37AM

Obviously it's all about location, location, location.  I've lived in Houston, LA, Chicago, NYC...been from coast to coast, border to border so many times throughout my life I can't count anymore and I will tell you this...you'd have to pay me a a couple of million a year to even consider living in any of those areas.  I couldn't fathom paying over $3,000/mo for a one bedroom apartment with less than 1,000 square foot for a view of concrete, concrete, and more concrete.  You could be living in a thousand other places in a 5,000 square foot + new home overlooking mountain ranges, lakes, the ocean, et al for that amount of money.  Most of us are gonna be buried in a concrete vault when we kick off, so tell ya what, I'd have to be in a coma to live in any inner city.  You couldn't pay me enough to spend hours of my life every day in a hunk of man-made metal with four rubber tires fighting traffic commuting to work, catching the bus, train, cab, etc so I can live like a rat in concrete.  What a boring drag.  With the money you save, you could fly to NY for a broadway show every weekend from almost anywhere and leave the rates behind when you're done :)

Apr 22, 2009 4:40PM

I live in the North dallas area and I have a 2400 ranch style home, 4 bedroom 3 full bath in ground pool for 150,000.00 so I would believe that 500,000.00 would buy you a mini mansion.

Apr 15, 2009 9:44AM
Apr 13, 2009 4:29AM

I'm from southern california currently residing in Mesa, AZ. 500K out here gets you a house less than 10yrs old in a gated community with 30 ft ceilings, granite counter tops, 3 car garage with a pool on a golf course. It was my wifes idea to move out here from the beach. I was paying 3.25K per mo. on a 1000sq. ft. home 1 mile from the beach.

Now, I pay 1.75K on a 2800sq. ft  4-bedroom house on an acre lot in one of the best areas of the valley. (15 min from the lake

The amount of house you can get in AZ will soften the sting once you have decided to be a desert fish.


Do I sound happy..?  Really, it's a good move...really.

Apr 12, 2009 7:29PM
I live in GF. Montana population 65k+, I purchased a 2318 sq. ft.  built in 1975, 5 Bdrm, 2 bath,  attached 2 car garage in a very good family oriented neighborhood 5 years ago for 115,000...just refinanced to add siding an windows...appraised @ 162,500 that a "profit"/investment of 47,000 in only 5 years.Open-mouthed Perhaps we live in a "bubble" here.
Apr 9, 2009 8:42AM
I would LOVE to buy a home (with a yard..and grass!!!) with at least 3 bedrooms, walk-in closet and all of those fun perks.....(2nd bathroom and a extra closet ...what a dream that would be for me!!)  but where I live ( Marina, San Francisco ) that would cost at least $1-2 Million plus. Seriously, no joke.     We are talking flat, not home for that price too.   Oh, it would also turn out to be a place that was so small, you would still need the extra storage units to store stuff.   My rent is $3,085.00 for a 2 bedroom and 1 bath and hardly NO closets. oh, I also pay extra for 2 storage units just to store my stuff... ( I do have a full view of the golden gate bridge) - I guess I am spoiled?  The neighborhood is pretty cool (okay, it's wonderful !!!!) So, you do pay for the neighborhood.   I have never been to Dallas, your home sounds pretty grand.    I guess I will keep searching for my DREAM home here in SF.  Crying
Apr 9, 2009 7:24AM
Another useless article and time I won't ever get back.  Advertising advertising advertising, MSN at it's finest.
Apr 9, 2009 7:20AM
In my 65k town city in southeastern Idaho, I just build a beautiful 3600 square foot house with all the trimmings on 5 acres for 485k.  I cannot believe how much house I got for less than what a one bedroom apartment the size of my new walk in closet costs in Boston.  Unbelievable!!! 
Apr 9, 2009 5:55AM
just built new home in TEXAS for under 500 and has 6 baths and 4 bedrooms hugh living area plus formal dining and breakfast area. large corner fireplace and over 170 feet of cabinets in kitchen with walk in freezer. master bedroom in a 40x45 and master bath has a hot tub plus whirlpool and shower room with two changing rooms and walk in closets that are 20x55.  sundeck overlooks private lake.
Apr 9, 2009 5:52AM

I live in Seattle and 500k gets a decent home.  But like Mike said,...its going to depend on the neighborhood.   Most of Seattle is a "good" neighboring though....I can say that non biased and honestly.  Its also easy to say that $500k is the starting point for anything "decent" in Seattle.  It goes up from there!

Apr 9, 2009 5:33AM
This article is not only useless but totally fiction. I have been researching and trying to find a 4+ bedroom home in Los Angeles for 6 months.  The photo of the 500,000 house is either in the Antelope Valley, Riverside, or San Bernadino (all which are a 1 1/2  to 2 hour drive from metro LA, on a good traffic day) or it is cut and paste from somebody's warped imagination.  Unless you want to to have bars on your windows, gangsters next door and crackheads at the corner, there are no "5 bedroom, 2,500 sq. ft." homes for that price anywhere near Los Angeles. Do your homework before printing such garbage!  
Apr 9, 2009 2:32AM
This article is essentially worthless because it does not disclose the neighborhood in which the house is located..........I was looking at the 200K postings and they had a great looking house in LA.....where in LA????....Compton maybe??!! I can guarantee you that you won' t find a house at that price in a good or decent part of LA metro.....unless you start to count Palmdale or something like that. The same thing goes for every city.  Granted, there is a huge real-estate discrepancy between cities and regions, but in the end it all comes down to neighborhoods............DUH
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