What does housing cost in your area?

United States
March 8, 2007 10:01pm CST
Just curious what the differences are in housing in different parts of the country or even world. I'm interested in moving to Alaska and in the process I was checking out other areas and comparing housing costs. In general, what do you pay each month to live where you live (apartment, house, rent, buying, etc.) and how big is your living space (2 bedrooms, bath, etc.) and of course, where are you located? Just curious. Here in Erie I rent a 3 bedroom house, kitchen, living room and bath, driveway, garage for $580 + utilities. My rent is about average for the area.
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@ironstruck (2300)
• Canada
9 Mar 07
In Canada and the city where I live, people would rent a house like that for probably $2000 or more per month. A one-bedroom apartment is around $600. In the past 8 years or so prices have gone to the moon. It is very hard to start out in the house market. For example I bought a one bedroom apartment(condo)for around $60,000 7 years ago, and now it is worth easily triple that.
• United States
9 Mar 07
WOW! I had relatives that lived in the Boston area and I about fell over at what they paid for really small places, no yards, etc. They were paying thousands of dollars and that was years ago! I am often amazed at the cost of living elsewhere!
• Canada
9 Mar 07
I live in Canada too and I aggree with you ironstruck. The house that my hubby and I are renting the landlord bought from our old landlord 2 years ago. Just in that 2 years the house has already doubled in value. The hubby and I want to try and buy a house soon before the market gets WAY out of hand, but it seems to go up so fast I feel like we will never get there :( My brother owns a condo in Calgary and that place is REALLY bad for housing prices. It has already tripled in value however so when he sells he'll be happy!
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@cherhec (11)
• United States
10 Mar 07
i live in tacoma ,wa i rent a one bd apt and it is only 415 amonth
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@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
10 Mar 07
In Tacoma? Thats actually pretty good for that area. I live about 2 hrs. south of you and thats about what prices are around here
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
9 Mar 07
It's definitely expensive where we live which is Virginia. We live in a two bedroom, two bath condo/apartment and pay $1650 a month + utilities. It's going up by 5% in July. Alot of the condos around us are going for $600,000, even more. Unfortunately we are locked in our lease for two years, or else I would of found a cheaper place to rent by now. The only reason why my husband chose this place is because the metro is right across the street and the public school is just around the corner. Those were the only two factors he had in mind when he chose this place (he came to USA 3 months before my son and I arrived).
@howard96h (11767)
• New York, New York
9 Mar 07
Hahahahaha are you ready? NYC studio apartment in a 6 story buiding, total 60 apartments, no control over heat, when it's on everone gets it, when is's off no one gets it. Rules, no pets, no washing machine, no dryer, no dishwasher, one elavator that breaks every week and if - sorry not if - when - you get stuck, you better have a cell with you or else your out of luck, very few people will come out to help especailly 3 or 4 in the morning. If you don't have a cell then you just sit on the floor (hope the light is still on) and yell for help, eventually someone will hear your cries for help. Two homeless people live on the roof, one sleeps in the boiler room. As soon as you start cooking you can hear the rats running in the ceiling, they smell the food so you have to take your broom and bang on the ceiling but don't bang too hard because you don't want to make a hole for the rodents to come in. Oh, by the way starting rent is $1,000.00 a month. Every year after it's a 7% increase. I will be moving very soon to Florida!
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• United States
9 Mar 07
OMG!!!! So that's the price for a suite in Hades eh? LOL Holy cow! I'm living like a queen then! LOL No, not IN the Queens! Thank GOD! I can't say I blame you for moving at all! Did you grow up in NYC, hence why you are there or did you move there? Just curious.
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@howard96h (11767)
• New York, New York
9 Mar 07
Born and raised in NYC, the area I presently live is the "cheap" area, that's why I get all these feebies with my apartment. By the way, this is the middle class area, if you saw the poor area you would really scream. I am lucky to live here. I have a couple of thing holding me back but as soon as it is heavenly possible I am following my brother and moving to FL. Don't even think of living in a half way decent studio apartment in Manhattan, those rents start at about $1,900.00 per month. So when I hear people complaining about their apartments and rents they don't realize there is always someone worse off than them. I have never ever lived in a house before, it's been apartment rentals my whole life, so when I get down south if God willing I get a home you know I will be living there until the day I die. That is my dream to own my own place and never have to deal with these landlords and living conditions again. But I am blessed because I do have an apartment and like I mentioned there are two homeless people living on the roof in cardboard boxes so you see I am lucky and grateful for what I presently have. The superintendent of the building chases them away but they come back, the have no where to go. He doesn't know this and if he found out I would get thrown out but many times I will bring them something hot to eat and drink. (Shhhhh) - our little secret. (wink)
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• United States
10 Mar 07
LOL... Howard I just love you. Mr. Softee is your new name! LOL I often wonder about folks in NYC, how many "transplant" and how many are born and raised there. I'm not sure anyone should have to pay that kind of rent for those conditions. Actually though... you got the crappy end of the stick buddy. Those poor, homeless bums are warm AND fed while you are out a grand or so! LOL You might want to reconsider your "abode"!!!!!! Just teasing. thanks for making me smile though!
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• Nigeria
9 Mar 07
My place is about over a $1000 per year and we have to pay for two or three years Ben (Nigeria)
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Wow, you pay a year at a time? That's very different then any place I've heard so far. While $1,000 seems inexpensive to us here, I figure that's a substantial amount for the average income of Nigeria?
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• Spain
10 Mar 07
On my place (Spain), the houses are almost on 270.000 € (European Money) In USD (United States Dollars) is 354,105.33 USD. Hope this post is usefull for all the people who was thinking about buy a House in Spain or on European Comunity ^^
• United States
10 Mar 07
Thanks so much. It's very enlightening to see the various prices of housing all around the world.
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@laurabeth (146)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I am in central Massachusetts and we rent an apartment. Our rent is below the typical rent in this area. Our apartment is approx 1000 square feet. We have 2 small bedrooms, small kitchen, large dining room, small office, ok size bathroom, large living room, small entry room, and a small enclosed porch area. We pay $750.00 a month with heat and hot water included. But like I said our rent is way below norm, other apartments in this area at this price are about half the square footage. Out apartment could get as much as 900 if some things were improved.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Forgot to add, basically no yard-little off street parking, sometimes we get it sometimes we don't type of thing.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
Wow, that is cheap for MA! I had relatives there and was amazed at the cost of housing!
@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
9 Mar 07
I live in Newbrunswick Canada and my mortgage is $490.00 a month for a 3 bed 2 bath house, I bought it last year for $48,000.00 it is about 2000 square feet. Rents in my area vary from $200.00 for a bachelor apartment all the way to $650.00 for a house rental, usually in between you can get an apartment with 2 bedrooms, bath, living room and kitchen for about $385.00
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• United States
9 Mar 07
That's a fair price indeed! I think yours is one of the firsts that have truly been exceptionally affordable other then those in perhaps India, Nigeria, etc.! I'm amazed because Ontario is so expensive all around. Nice to see there are some regions that remain affordable to folks of average income! Hmmmm... you guys have a ton of snow too don't you? LOL Just kidding... I'm making the AK move! LOL
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@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
10 Mar 07
We won't even talk about the snow....... Just before Christmas I had started a topic about having no snow for Christmas....man am I eating those words... we now have about 4 feet of the stuff and they are still calling for more yet to come.....but only a little while longer and it will be sunny days...
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@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
12 Mar 07
A one-bedroom apartment runs about $1200/month + utilities in Toronto. That's Canadian, so probably about $1025 US. The average 2-bedroom house is selling for around $250,000-$300,000, depending on what area you are looking in.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Yikes! Costly indeed!
@missyd79 (3442)
• United States
12 Mar 07
i live in a trailer park. i have a 14 x66 single wide trailer which is about 800 square feet of living space, we have 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room and kitchen and small utility room where the washer and dryer is. I pay 200 per month on my home loan and 300 lot rent for the space that my trailer sits on. I have to say i rather rent the house you have for that much. I live between Allentown and Reading pennsylvania. now my property taxes run me about a grand a year and i do not even own the land my trailer sits on.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Sounds like it's pretty similar though throughout most of PA.
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@Bee1955 (3887)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I lived in Alaska for 6 months - everything is shipped up there and costly. Milk was $5.25 a gallon in 1998. Rental housing is scarce - they only want to sell. I left and came to West Virginia and my house and rent was like yours, but food here is cheaper than in PA, NY and NJ. Why Alaska?
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• United States
12 Mar 07
Alaska is the epitimy of all I love. I adore winter, love the outdoors, and truly think it is the most beautiful place on earth. It's just always been a dream of mine and I'm finally reaching a stage where I can go for it.
@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
10 Mar 07
In the suburbs of Buffalo, NY the mortgage for my 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch house with a full basement is $475/month; taxes are about $3,000/year. Most homes comparable to mine (small ranch houses, 1 family, small lot, 1 car garage) in the area sell for around $80-$90,000. Utilities are reasonable in a small house. Rent for a decent 2 bedroom apartment in the area is around $750/month, which includes heat and water. This sounds pretty comparable to Erie- your rent includes taxes, which the mortgage holder pays, and mine is without the taxes. What is the cost of living in Alaska? I imagine it would be rather steep.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I've been getting newspapers from a friend there and while their sales seem comparible I'm not sure their regular prices are as reasonable. It's a bit higher and truly does depend on where you are. The further "out" you get the more expensive every day items are because they have to cover shipping expenses.
@sharon613 (2324)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Unfortunately in my neck of the woods which is Orlando, Florida; prices have started gauging since 2 years ago. Our townhouse is now worth $174,000. When we first bought it 2 years ago, it was worth $110,000.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Yeah, when I traveled in that area for work I was amazed at the housing costs! And with America's aging group of baby boomers I see it just getting more and more cramped and costing more and more to get less and less there. Between FL and AZ I think they'll end up holding 1/2 the dang population once the baby boomers have hit that stage of life! LOL
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@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
9 Mar 07
You might want to stay where your at. You are getting a great deal. The average in this area of Washington is about $700 - $1000 for what you are renting. But shop around we rented a 3 bed 1 bath with a garage and outside city limits for $550, but that was a year ago. Since then we bought 2 acres with a 3 bedroom 1 bath and 2, 1 bedroom rental houses all for $115,000. Our payments are $1080 this includes property tax and insurance, without them our payment would be $860
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• United States
9 Mar 07
LOL.. not a chance I'm staying here knowing Alaska is out there waiting for me! :D I have seen so many areas that have fluctuated so much within the past couple years that I'm often amazed. Areas that once were hard to even BEG people to rent in are now booming in some cities while cities like mine struggle to keep anyone here due to lack of real jobs that pay real money.
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• Ireland
9 Mar 07
I think I might emigrate to Erie as I could live quite comfortably if I had only to pay $580 per month for a house. Here in Ireland the same house as yours would cost about $1200 to rent and more in the bigger cities. It would probably cost twice that amount in Dublin depending on the area. Thankfull we bought our house. The mortgage was a bit steep when we started out but it was worth it in the end.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Well unfortunately I think the cost of housing is so extremely inexpensive because we have so few "real" jobs left here. If you were lucky enough to get established before the obvious migration of jobs to so many other countries it's a nice option but for our youth I simply can't see how they will survive here.
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9 Mar 07
Houses are smaller in England than America - we have less space!! A standard 2 floor, 3 bedroom with kitchen and 2 reception rooms (each abour 12ft x 12ft) would cost between £600 £2000 per month in 'average' areas across the UK. That's $1200 $4000. A lot of people rent in the UK but I think the majority still buy their property through mortgages.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Wow, that is expensive for such a small amount of space.
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• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Wow your housing is very expensive. Right now i am just staying with my parents though i have already my own family because i am the one caring for my parents. I want to make sure that they eat right and they are in good health always. Thats why i dont really fell the need of having a house of my own. But certainly me and my husband are planning but on later years.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Heck, after seeing what some others are paying I'm HAPPY to be paying this! LOL
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@Fishmomma (8233)
• United States
9 Mar 07
My area is costly $500,000 and up to buy a 3 bedroom home and rent $2000 a month. I'm located in sunny Southern California near the beach and we don't have seasons. You wouldn't want to live here, as Alaska is really cold and I'm feeling cold just thinking about it. I wear shorts most of the time.
• United States
9 Mar 07
LOL... I already was pretty certain CA was not the place for me! I love my winters and my changes in seasons. The cost of housing there is about the same as here locally, a little higher but actually if you figure most apartments come with full utilities, it may be a little less. Want a good laugh? The two places I'm considering most are Alaska and .... how more extreme could I get.... The Caribbeans. Yeah, I know. BUT.. there is a reason for the Caribbeans too.... my oldest daughter may be going to her vet school there and depending on average temps I might be able to stand it. I love anything with water, lived on Lake Erie my entire life. So while I think my first choice would be AK, I'm seriously thinking the other direction too!
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• Canada
9 Mar 07
I live in North Van adn it is abotu $1800 a month to rent a 3 bedroom town house plus utilities.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
wow.... i'm amazed!
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• Canada
9 Mar 07
The average running price for a house in our area is about eighty to a hundrend thousand although you can find some that are cheaper then this . The place we are renting now is the most expensive place we have ever rented and I don't know anyone in our area paying as much for rent as we are . We have to pay four hunderd a month , rent usually runs about two fifty a month to three fifty . We are living in a three bedroom house and I really don't like the place we are living in . We were living in a big spacious house with four bedrooms and were only paying three fifty a month with a wood stove in it to save on the heating cost but had to move when they finally decided to sell to a family member . We were going to buy it as we were supposed to be given first option but there were a bunch of family members involved in this and they decided to go against the guy we were renting from and sold it out to another family member . The guy that we were renting from was very upset as he knew they would never get anything for the house and he had really wanted to sell to us . But we understood that it was something that the others wanted to keep in the family and so we told him not to worry about it and found this place . But we are looking for something else as the guy who owns this house wants to put the rent up another fifty dollars and already we are paying more then anyone else around . We have a porch , kitchen , dining room , living room , bathroom , basement and the three bedrooms and lots of land outside but it is still very high considering that places around here are not that expensive compared to other's around us . This may seem really cheap for a lot of you but the cost of living here is much cheaper as the pay we recieve is not very much . We have a lot of people from away coming to buy in our area as they find it so cheap and it is really pretty as we live right on the Cabot Trail Road .
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• United States
9 Mar 07
It is frightening to live in an area that starts out "reasonable" or even inexpensive and see it raise constantly until it becomes unaffordable. It's usually the case that if it's "cheap to live there", the jobs are also "cheap to pay". Thanks for the info!
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@naty1941 (2337)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Don't come to California. You can't find a 2 bedroom house for less than $1,200 to %1,500 in a nice neighborhood. I live in an RV and I pay $425 a month for the space plus electricity. I checked apartments and houses and I just can't afford it. However, CA has such a great climate that I will stay here without paying the horrible rent for houses and apartments.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Wow! $425 just to basically use their electric eh? I have heard CA is very, very expensive. I know a lot of areas are like this though. That's actually why I wanted to hear what others pay. I may end up very happy I'm going to a cold climate! LOL
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