I often see comments come through from people who say we should just move out of Arizona since we dislike it so much. If it were that easy, it would be done. In this article, I will hopefully provide an explanation on that subject. For those who can empathize and also feel trapped in the desert, I appreciate your understanding.
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If Arizona Is So Bad, Why Not Just Move??
It is a simple and innocent question, much like the inquisitive child: “Daddy, if your car breaks down so much, why don’t you buy a new one?”, “Mommy, if you don’t want to go to work, why don’t you just find a new job?”
What needs to be done is obvious to the child. However, the parent’s understanding of the world is much more complicated. The “Daddy” needs to get a loan, fix his credit if it’s bad, get a down payment, sell the car, shop for a new one without being ripped off and so on. The “Mommy” has a retirement account that she is not yet vested in, the job market is terrible in her profession, she has to get her resume together, apply for jobs, interview and so on.
For those who ask “why not just move?”, I’m not saying you’re childish or simplistic in your thinking. I don’t know you, and you don’ t know me.
Those comments really made me ponder. Why can’t I just move? Like an onion, I peeled away the layers to reveal different reasons of remaining trapped in Arizona. Keep in mind, whatever is keeping YOU in Arizona can be overcome! It can be done, and for me it will be done.
The Housing Market
In the early-to-mid 2000’s, the Arizona real estate market was booming. As a result, home values became artificially inflated causing homes to be worth more than they really were. Many out-of-state investors swooped in and bought income rental properties and controlled most of the market. When the economy tanked, investors backed out and even abandoned their properties. The homeowners who stayed behind were left to deal with the aftermath. Their property values significantly decreased and neighborhoods were filled with vacant homes and unkempt yards.
As a result, many homeowners are “underwater” with their mortgages. Basically, they owe more than their house is worth. This article states 50% of Arizona homeowners are underwater with their mortgages. It’s a staggering number, and it can be seen in just about every neighborhood.
Simply put, you can’t sell a house for more than it’s worth. You can’t move…you’re stuck. The only option is to walk away from the property and mortgage, but it will wreak havoc on your credit rating.
The National Job Market
In order to move out of Arizona, you need a job to go to. The downfall of the economy had a devastating effect on the job market. According to this article, if the economy were to produce 88,000 jobs every month, as it did in March 2013, the labor market would never return to pre-recession employment levels.
With a weak job market, finding a new job anywhere in the country is difficult. You must also factor in travel expenses just to interview for an out-of-state job.
Moving across the country is very strenuous on a family. I speak from experience, because I’ve made the move twice. With children in the picture, you have to find good schools in a new area and help them cope with leaving their friends. Children are resilient and can handle it, but it is a stressful situation nonetheless.
If you have family in Arizona, it is difficult to leave them as well. Family issues offer varying degrees of complexity when it comes to move it. Some family members may take it personal and believe you are moving away from them (maybe you are!). For me, family matters outside of my nuclear family are inconsequential.
Perhaps you’ve made a lot of friends in Arizona, and leaving them would be difficult. For me, I have more friends in my native state than in Arizona. Getting to know people in Arizona is difficult. For more information, read about Arizona People.
Another layer to this dilemma is your standing at your job. After working with the same people for a while, you gain respect and (hopefully) a good reputation. Starting over in a new workplace can be difficult. But, it can be done because you’ve done it before. I sometimes consider staying in Arizona until retirement, but then I’m reminded of those who retired before me. Once retired employees are gone, they are quickly forgotten. You even forget their names and their contributions! It’s a shame, but it’s the simple truth.
A parent often tells the child, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
What binds many people to Arizona is money. The root of all evil, perhaps, but a necessary commodity in today’s world. Packing up and moving could cost at least $20,000. If you’re looking to stay in the western United States, your costs may not be as high. For me, I want to move back to the Southeast and it’s incredibly expensive. Unfortunately, playing the lottery is not a wise investment plan.
What Keeps YOU In Arizona?
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, I really do enjoy reading your comments! Please, share your thoughts!
- Do the aforementioned reasons for staying in Arizona apply to you?
- What other reasons are there keeping you in Arizona?
- Do you stay in Arizona because you truly love it?
- Did you leave Arizona? Share your experiences!
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