What is it like living in the Washington , DC / Baltimore area like?
What is the cost of living ?
Is it a good place to live?
The reason I’m asking is because I’ve just been recently hired by the Us Secret Service and I’m just wondering what its like to live there. I’ve been a resident of Texas for over 25 years and haven’t lived no where else since 1979 .That was back when I was military kid.. So I am excited and scared at the same time about the new move and changes in my life.
First, Congrats on the USSS job!
I’m originally from Austin, Texas, but have lived in and around DC off and on for over 35 years. Great town, lots of fun, LOT’s of free stuff to do (museums, galleries, some shows, monuments, parks, etc). It’s a great place to live.
Cost of living is high, with housing being the most expensive item. If you don’t mind small, buy or rent something close to the city, it will dramatically reduce your commuting time. Start off by getting something in nearby Arlington, VA. It will be small (very) and expensive (very), but likely safe and easy to get to. Then learn the city, what’s a good place, what’s not. What you’re comfortable with, what you’re not. It’s a very diverse area, there’s bound to be a community you’ll fit into quickly. I’m in a mixed marriage (B&W) and we live in Arlington, love it.
Initially, bring only what you need for work. You can always buy furniture, or have your’s sent later. Work with a realtor to find a place, try www.weichert.com or www.longandfoster.com. First. They are the two big firms here. Also, check www.washingtonpost.com for rental listings. The USSS should also have some information about moving here.
We have 4 full seasons here, not like the 2-3 in much of Texas. Summer is hot, not like Texas, but the humidity is MUCH higher and will take some getting used to. Spring and Fall are great. Winter is Cold! Think of the Texas panhandle at night in January. It can be bitter cold. Coldest I’ve ever been is standing on the US Capitol west front in January. The wind just whips right through you. So bring ALL your clothing, and be ready to buy more.
Buying clothing here is great. Lots of stores, lots of bargains, lots of options. Start with the basics, USSS business attire, whatever that is for your job. Keep it simple and conservative, mix up your accessories for spice. The USSS culture is pretty conservative, at least in appearance. (I’m an ex-Federal Agent, worked with them a lot).
The night life is great, lot’s of great bars/restaurants/etc. It’s not NY, but there’s always something to do. If you’re bored in this town, it’s your own fault. Parks and recreation are plentiful, but remember, between DC and Baltimore, plus the surrounding suburbs, there’s about 7 million. Get used to crowds. Learn to use the metro system.
The cultural life is what I like the most. Theatre, shows, museums, art galleries, events on the National Mall, the political scene, etc. Broadway shows come here, the National Symphony is here, there’s plenty of Rock/Jazz/HipHop, even Country if your looking for it.
Do the Tourist thing in the spring, before most of the tourists arrive and the summer heat. Get a White House tour, the Capitol building. See the more famous monuments. It still impresses me now.
Be excited, have fun and Good Luck!
I’m retired and would like to work part time in Austin,Texas,where would I look.?
I have a CDL class A Tanker endorsement.Have driven Haul Trucks,Passenger vans.Operated front end loaders.
Austin.craigslist.com would be a good start of where to look. I see multiple listings for jobs when I search “CDL” on the Austin Craigslist.
Coca-Cola has a place here that has openings all the time as well from what I see which you can watch the careers section of their website for.
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How long does an eviction stay on your record?
I am ending my lease at my apartment early and therefore have to pay a fee(an extra months rent) when I leave. But I just got laid off from my job and I doubt I’ll be able to pay that right when I leave.
Do you think that they will start the same process as they would if they where going to evict me or would it just stay on a record of some sort?
I was a property manager for many years. You are not being evicted. A landlord files for eviction in order to get a tenant to be removed from the property (several reasons, most often unpaid rent). Since you are leaving they cannot evict you. They will undoubtedly be willing to make payment arrangements with you. Management companies have enough people who simply leave owing money and it is never recovered so to have a tenant that is willing to pay what he owes, even if it is going to take time, is something that is a reasonable request. They would only take you to small claims court to recover unpaid rent if you do not pay. Make payment arrangements that you can afford – they will work with you, and pay on time. This will give you a good record with the company. If you are planning on moving into other rental property you will have to account for the time that you lived at this address, therefore needing a good rental reference. If you have made payment arrangements and there are no other problems with the company or landlord you should get a good reference to follow you to subsequent rentals. They can put it on your credit record if you do not pay, and they could tell a future company inquiring about a reference for you that you did not pay what you owed.
I worked in the Austin Texas market for several years, where rental requirements are quite stiff. I worked for several different major companies and was never allowed to rent to anyone who owed money to another complex. This was very important. Make small payments if you need to, but do it regularly until paid off. Smart that you are looking into this and taking care of it. Hopefully you will be back at work, or get a better job soon. Good luck.
Is Austin,Texas a good place to relocate to for a 29yr old single male?
I currently live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Looking for a change, my friends suggest I look at Austin. I am in sales with a degree in Business Management. The singles scene does interest me…..thoughts on jobs, apartment costs, dating scene?
Portland Oregon is a beautiful city with all kinds of people ,more diverse than Austin . The singles scene ? Like all the girls at the bars wearing denim skirts or jeans ..just kidding(sorta) . I lived there for a year and it’s really not very interesting there . I guess it really depends on what u are interested in and what u think is there… Austin Has a real stuck up yuppie vibe .. There’s alot of black people downtown at the bars if that interests you.. If u are hoping to date interracially. Austin is expensive… And there’s alot of hype about the city being a great place but that’s doubtful that it’s as great as some people say..You want a change? Go to Portland or San Francisco or if u want to go to Texas then go to elpaso but not Austin
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How can i sell my goods online too. Do i need to consult any internet marketing strategy consulting firm?
How can i sell my goods online too. Do i need to consult any internet marketing strategy consulting firm? Is that affordable?
I would suggest starting off with ebay.com first. It is relatively easy to set up and very cost effective. You can also start your own store own ebay and have customers shop your store on ebay, and already have a large market for your product. I would definetly recommend that you research ebay first and maybe give it a try first. At lot of people use ebay to start and continue their business online even when they maintain there own website due to the fact that so many people already shop there and its a new way to build clients.
Consider looking at a few of their tutorials.
How much do consulting firms charge for business reports?
For business reports such as business plans, marketing strategies, product assessment etc…, how much do firms charge for creating such reports? Do they usually charge an hourly rate or flat fee? Is it going to cost thousands of $$?
Most likely, you are going to pay a hefty amount of money. But it really depends on a number of factors such as the following:
1. The amount of work needed…
2. The consulting firms (larger firms have more overhead and charge higher)
3. The industry (some industries that have low consulting needs and very specialized usually pay much more than widely spread ones)
4. The importance of the study needed and how strategic it is
5. If it is going to be conducted on site or off-site.
But you are looking at around $2000-$5000 for a 1 week worth of work for a regular report.
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How i can learn seo or search engine optimization online?
I am looking to learn seo online for free and i have good command on English. Please provide me with the links so that i can read them and start learning.
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What legal structure should be set up for a one person consulting business. I also have a wife who helps some
I am developing a web page and already do some consulting work, but wondered if it is better to form and LLC, just a sole proprietorship, etc. What has the best advantages with taxes and has the least risk for my type of business. (Advice on search engine optimization). My wife may do some minor work, but could be added as a partner, if that is helpful. As it is a small business just getting going, I don’t know if I want to pay huge fees for corporate setup, if it is not helpful or necessary at this early phase of my business. I will be working on the internet, but physically am located in New Jersey. Any help would be extremely useful. I’ve been given a lot of conflicting advice.
At a minimum do llc, you want to shield your personal assets. Incorporating is not all that expensive either. There is a lot of advice out there, think you should just go to a legal website (american bar association or something like that) and follow link(s) to get writeups describing your options and listing the pluses and minuses (ie tax considerations) of each.
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I’m gunna make my own star wars film does any body have any advice for a beginner?
I need to know where i can get a enexpensive Video camera in Austin Tx but has good picture and i need some special effects for the light sabers and Blasters
For professional grade equipment, consult your local yellow pages. What you want to find are people who make video scrapbooks and video tape weddings. If you are lucky, you can get a job with one of them. Summer is a busy time for these outfits and they might be looking for extra help.
The job will teach you not only how to operate the equipment, but lighting, camera angles and editing. In exchange for your time working for them, they might let you use their editing equipment to make your movie. If nothing else, it will let you see what kind of equipment they use and if the equipment can do what you need it to do.
Home from Freddie Mac?
I found out that a home I’m intrested in is on the Freddie Mac website. Is the price listed the price I would pay or can I offer a much less amount? Where’s all these good deals we’re hearing about?
Your comment is a perfect example of how real estate prices are local. You may live in an area that is not experiencing the extreme glut of foreclosures and short sales of other places.
If Freddie Mac has a house listed for sale, that is the price they want to get. You can make an offer for any amount you like, but they are (at this time) under no obligation to lower their expectations.
Typically, lender owned foreclosed properties are listed at what they believe is the fair market value of the house. That is what they want to get – fair market value. Some of the lender/owners want to cover all their losses, but they seem to be getting more reasonable about that.
Also, if they owned the loan on that house, there is a good chance that they own the loans of other homes in the area. They would probably be hurting the value of their other loans if they “fire sale” this house.
So, unless there is something about the condition or location of this house that is significantly inferior to other houses in the area, the asking price is what they think the house is worth.
Usually, the lender/owners of foreclosure properties will reconsider their asking price after it has been exposed to the marketplace for 30 days. They may reduce the price on their own, or they may accept an offer at a reduced price. And so on at 45 days, 60 days etc.
You probably want to consult with your real estate agent about how to proceed to make an offer on this house. If your agent is not familiar with purchasing a Freddie Mac owned house, a call to the listing agent may give valuable insight in how to write the offer.
For example, when I was a listing agent for Freddie Mac houses there were certain “absolutes” for my marketplace (Austin, TX) – Freddie would pay the owner’s title policy, Freddie would allow no more than 3% of the purchase price in concessions to the buyer such as help with closing costs, a residential service contract, etc.
I didn’t think they were hard to deal with and I thought they did a pretty good job of pricing their properties – compared to other lender/owners I had to deal with.
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Did you switch from PC to MAC?
What has been your experience with switching from PC to MAC? Better? Differences? Regrets?
As no one from the “Switchers” has answered in a week, I’ll take a shot.
I started out with Mac more than 20 years ago, when my daughter was entering MIT and wanted one. I played with it quite a bit, and thought, “I’ve gotta get me one of these.”, and did, and I’ve had one, two, or more, Macs since then. I have four right now.
But, I have had a lot of Windows experience. We have an very large extended family spread all over the country. My father had 7 brothers and 4 sisters, and my mother had 6 sisters and one brother. We do a lot of traveling and visiting each other for family reunions, Xmases, weddings, vacations, just visiting, and of course, funerals.
Unfortunately, by demographics and marketing, most of my relatives are members of the unenlightened great unwashed masses and haven’t learned the benefits of drinking upstream of the herd . And, they’re amazed when I plug my Airport Express into an open router port, or if they don’t have an open port or even a router, plug my Airport Extreme between their modem and their PC, and am wirelessly online with my MacBook Pro on their ISP in a couple of minutes. And, if they’re wireless, put them online via my Express or Extreme with nothing more than a password, when they can’t keep their own wireless going at least some of the time. No need to have them down for a couple of hours while we figure out how to get “their” internet back in spite of all the Windows “Connection” and other “Wizards” available. That, trying to get their PCs to do what they’re amazed my Mac can do, and being sure their “Network” will work when I leave is where the Windows experience comes from, many hours of it. They’re also amazed when they come to my place, and all it takes is an open port or a password, and they’re on “my” internet with no muss & fuss, and my Network is for sure gonna work when I un-network or un-password them.
In all those years, I’ve never encountered a “significant” piece of software that isn’t available for the Mac, in some form, other than the software that runs one of my many cousins’ computer driven sewing machine. When I get my MacBookPro by her house, it’s gonna have Windows running on it, even if just to confim that software will run on the MBP. I’ll convert her from the “Dark Side” , yet.
My daughter’s now in IT in Austin, telecommutes most of the week, doing her work faster & easier on her Mac than she could do it on the PC at work, or, when she has to, does it in Windows on her Mac faster & easier than it would get done on that PC.
All anecdotal? Yes, but try it. Go Mac & you’ll never go back …
Where can I find affordable corsages/boutonnieres in the Austin area?
My boyfriend and I are going to prom [for church] tonight, and we need to find a place that sells affordable corsages/boutonnieres locally, in Austin. I’ve done some internet searches, but none of the websites are very conclusive. My mom said she’s just going to drive around, but do you know if we can get them somewhere besides the florist shops? Do department stores sell them or somewhere like central market? I know it’s a cheap substitute, but it doesn’t have to be really nice, just real flowers. Thank you so much for your help in advance.
Have you checked the local grocers or farmer’s market for fresh flowers? Add a little green floral tape, some ribbon and a pin and you can design your own. Exactly like you want it, fairly inexpensively.
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I feel completely lost! I own a home service business that began to grow. Good thing, right?
Well the problem is that once it began to grow, I needed to add staff, get a bigger office, more vehicles, etc., etc. What started off as a small home based cleaning and home repair service branched off into new home construction. Good, right? Well, I took my attention off my home services business to concentrate on construction. I built a home that is now on the market to be sold but I’m sure you can guess how well that’s going. Anyone in the market for a 500k house in downtown Austin, Texas??? So now I’m going back to my roots and trying to redevelop my home service business. I’ve been cleaning carpets, repairing water heaters, climbing on roofs…anything to get the bills paid. My issue is that I loved to construction process. Designing homes with the help of architects, meeting with tradesman, picking out finish materials. I’ve been thinking about going to school to get some type of degree in this field. It just feels like I’m so far away from doing another project because of lack of financial backing. I’m trying to stay motivated to keep working my small service business but I’m just not making enough. House payments, car payments, bills. Overwhelming! If you were me, what would you do???
First, i would review my expenses with an eye to cutting back on cost; second, i would concentrate on home service and maybe home repair. Since people would definitely be repairing their houses instead of building new ones given the state of the economy. The housing situation is definitely down. You might take advantage of the doldrums by getting that degree you were thinking about. You might look into enlarging your geographic coverage in the hope of getting more business. You can also look up government and institutional clients which may give you building repair contracts. Concentrate on your core competencies and keep it up.
Know of any local remodel / builders in the Austin, Texas area?
Our family has been building our own house and we need a little extra help getting it done. I’m looking for quality, inexpensive, fast workers to help us do the job. Enter-to-win programs do NOT work for us and we are very unlikely to be chosen due to our circumstances, so they are out of the question. We need workers who are efficient, honest and flexible; all of which criteria are difficult to find, I am aware. If you know of some small business or hometown service that sounds like they could work for us please leave an email address, project reference, phone number, website link or any other contact information. I’ve been searching everywhere and nothing seems to fit the bill. Thank you so much if you can contribute! -K. W.
You may go to the Standard Pacific and David A for help. They are both very great and famous builders in Austin. These two companies build great houses for people to buy and also offer workers for people like you. They are professional and honest. Standard Pacific and David A have a very good reputation in this city. You can try.
The contact info of Standard Pacific is: 26 Technology Drive
Irvine, CA 92618-2301
Telephone: (949) 789-1600
David A is seated at 4571 Ware Creek Road in Williamsburg. The official web is www.davidnicebuilders.com
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Is oregon a good place to live for a young couple? Please, I could really use opinions?
My husband and I would love to move to oregon because of its weather and green, however, we dont have very much work experience and we would like to go to college there. I also hear there is a high crime rate and that scares me a bit. Is it really that hard to get a decent salary job? Or will we bite off more than we can chew? Please comment and share opinions and experiences thank you.
Portland is the most wonderful city ever. I have lived there all my life and I have recently moved to Austin TX because I thought i wanted a change.. But I find myself missing Portland so much and every time I go back to visit I never want to go home. I’m actually moving back once I finish school down here.
There is so much culture In Portland. There is a huge Art scene full of so many many many creative people! I grew up in north east Portland in the Hollywood district and it was and still is a very safe neighborhood full of tons families and children. I love the East side and although downtown (west side) is great you cant beat the east side of Portland.
I would recommend checking out NE Alberta St, NE Albina St, NE Fremount St, SE Belmont St, SE Hawthorne St, Mt, Tabor neighborhood and also NE Hollywood dist. Where I grew up.
All of these St.and neighborhoods have such a sense of culture and community and there is still so many great streets around Portland that are slimier to these.
There is so much to love about Portland not to mention everyone is extremely friendly. There is tons and tons to do summer and winter.
As far as career jobs go you may have to look and see who is hiring before moving down there but I’m sure you will come across something.
Hope this helps, take care
and I would be happy to answer any more questions you have regarding Portland
How do we (a guitar strumming teenage girl two-piece) get a record deal?
We play original songs, are fourteen year old girls. We want to be an English Taylor Swift, but there’s two of us!
How do we get a record deal?
Please help, we will thank you on our album!
With the recording industry in a steady downward decline, a label isn’t going to give anyone a deal unless they can prove to them that they will sell albums. And to do that, you have to have your fan base in place before you go looking for the deal.
It’s all about creating a buzz for your band. YouTube has launched a few careers, but those are the exception and not the rule.
If you’ve played out and developed a fan base (and I’m not talking about the 10 friends and family that come see you play), the most direct way to secure a deal is to hire an entertainment lawyer to shop your demo to the labels. Almost every label out there will not accept submissions directly from artists…they want it from some type of representative, be it a lawyer, agent, manager, etc.
Write great songs, have a great live show, and have a great promotions engine behind you and people will start to notice. But you’ve got to have that fan base first.
Greetings from Austin, TX
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What is a good college for Theatrical Design?
I’ve been looking hard for colleges with a good Theatrical Design program (more specifically in lighting) and it’s hard to actually find a good website on the subject as it is a specific major.
Here are some schools to check out:
Columbia College (Chicago)
San Francisco State
U. Of Texas-Austin
U. Of Pittsburgh
Some of these schools are hard to get into and some won’t have the specific program you’re interested, but they might have something close.
What are good architecture grad schools?
I’m about to graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS in architecture. I’m looking for grad schools to apply to. I’m tired of the theoretical crap that UIC has stuffed down my throat the passed few years and am looking for a program that will teach me how to build not just design. I know for a fact that I will be applying to Arizona State and University of Texas Austin. I need one more. Any suggestions?
Ohio State seems to have a good program (they are known for great engineering so im sure architecture would be great too)…..look here http://www.knowlton.osu.edu/?content=70
Virginia Tech is ranked very well for construction methods
this website should help for all degree types http://archrecord.construction.com/features/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools/2011/schools-2.asp
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How much is a water bill in Texas?
I will be a single person living in an apartment in Austin, Texas. I will take a shower every day and wash 3 loads of clothes once a week. About how much will I pay in water?
My water bills average 40-60 in the winter months and 80-100 in the summer months, but I have a large house. I have never had to pay a water bill in any apartment I have ever lived in here in Texas.
Is it easy to get to downtown Austin from Sweetwater At Wells Branch apartments?
I’m moving to Austin, Texas, and am considering Sweetwater apartments. I like it because despite the low cost, it seems like a great place to live. My only concern is the distance from 6th Street (about 14 miles). However, I’ll trade living in the ghetto that’s 2 miles from 6th Street for a peaceful neighborhood that’s a bit further away. So, my question is how easy would it be to get to downtown Austin, particularly 6th Street, from Sweetwater apartments? I don’t have a car, just a bike, which I’m assuming would be tough to get around on in the summer. I did hear that Austin has great public transportation, so would it be easy to just take that?
I answered your other question as well. Austin is VERY bike friendly. The buses have bike racks on the front of them. So having your bike, it would be an easy bus ride! Are you planning on going to ACC for school? If so, students ride the bus system here for free
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