I have the benefit of a job which allows me to live anywhere in the US. My wife is not happy in her career, and the winters here in the midwest are not attractive. We are kicking around the idea of relocating to a real estate market where we could get more house than what we have now, or even lower or mortgage. FL and NV are attractive as well since there are no state income taxes, although I have heard property is a little higher. Wife hates her job and we are financially in a position where she could afford to make a career change or just do volunteer work in some type of animal related industry. Couple of questions: Where we live now is a middle class suburban area, low crime, homes are cheap $150K for a 4 bdrm 2 bath split level around 1700 sq feet. What area would be comperable in the LV valley? What about flooding? Seeing the news last night I was surprised to see a lot of water in neighborhoods. Is most the valley at risk of flooding due to flash rain storms? Recreation and shopping nearby. I would love the idea of having a boat and being able to hop in the car to cruise on a lake or river. Is Lake meade the only option? Lastly, how bad is the heat really? Wife is aprehensive about moving to a desert climate. Personally I think everywhere has AC so its not that bad, although I have never see the electric bill to cool a home in LV. All comments appreciated.