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Well, there is not a lot of difference between Chicago and NOVA. Traffic is worse here, winters are worse there. Cost of living higher here and high there. We can "trade in" our townhouse inside the beltway for a 4,200 SQ FT, one level, one acre, monster in Las Cruces.
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Plan sounds good. I have not done this myself, but have read any number of articles cautioning people to really spend some time in their new, chosen location, over an entire year, before purchasing anything.
Sounds like you are doing just that. You can see how hot, or cold, things get and how the city 'functions' in different weather.
Can't comment on best way to physically move. But your main issue is being sure you want to live in that area, and finding a specific neighborhood and house and you're on your way to doing that.
And, of course, there are plenty of articles online that will give you some tips but of course, where to relocate is always subjective to at least some degree.
Frankly, I'm jealous you live in Northern VA. I would love to live in DC area but I'd have to live in a cardboard box to afford it. Moot point --- DW won't leave family so we're stuck in Chicago area
I know, it's always greener.....................
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