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Biggest change (good or bad) since moving to Vegas

Discussion in 'Living in Sin (City that is)' started by padietz, Jul 25, 2019.

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  1. padietz

    padietz Tourist

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    Hey gang,

    We're hoping to move from the Midwest to the Vegas area when we retire in the next couple years. Just curious where you moved from and anything you've experienced since living in Vegas that you hadn't planned for. Also thinking of moving to condo - pros & cons. Hope to be reading this forum as a local someday!
     
  2. Don the Dentist

    Don the Dentist LV resident

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    I've been here 28 years. Moved from the East Coast (NY & NJ).

    Originally moved into a furnished apartment behind the Gold Coast...just to make sure LV was right for me. It was. Bought a condo (which I still have and rent out) and then a house. Had a two jobs here that were professionally challenging and achieved upward mobility. Retired about 10 years ago. Now I concentrate on video poker and other advantage plays.

    Can't really say I've experienced anything out of the ordinary or unexpected. The only "surprise" was the size of LV outside of the strip and downtown.

    Seen a lot of growth in LV, both resort-wise and population-wise.

    Thinking back, one other "surprise" was related to the economic downturn around 2008 & 2009. I thought the casinos would have some really juicy promotions and comp deals to lure customers to LV. Never happened. In fact they tightened up. Oh well!
     
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  3. h0llywood

    h0llywood VIP Whale

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    It’s hot but it’s not that bad after a few weeks. 100 actually feels good at night.

    One thing I learned is that Nevada folks don’t signal and tailgate a lot. This is saying something as I come from a Cali.

    The money saved on the cost of living the government gets back in higher fees such as car registrations and other fees.
     
  4. 44inarow

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    As mentioned in the allergy thread, the dryness takes a couple months to get your body used to. Otherwise, the biggest change for me is that I see people a lot more -- I'm originally from the East Coast as well, and while people scattered across the country (and the world!) over the years, a ton of people still pass through Las Vegas and it's easy to meet up.
     
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    DMV here is awesome.... with an appointment. With an appointment, you can be in and out in 15 minutes.

    However I see a lot of people, probably 2-3x more people than in CA DMV, who sit around as walk ins. I’m guessing they wait 2-3 hours to be seen. It takes 2 minutes to set up an appointment.
     
  6. Las Vegan Cajun

    Las Vegan Cajun High-Roller

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    Although you can set an appointment with DMV in a couple of minutes online, appointments are typically a week out to get one.

    Really no need to sit at the DMV for hours as a walk in, give them your cell number and you’ll get an alert message when your number is about 20 minutes out.

    It’s easy to check in, get your number and go do other things until your alert message comes up. Just make sure you’re back there in time for your number to be called.
     
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  7. Las Vegan Cajun

    Las Vegan Cajun High-Roller

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    I moved here in 1991, the Air Force decided Nellis AFB was the place for me to finish my career and retire, how nice of them.

    Came from Louisiana by way of Arizona (Luke AFB) so I was sort of acclimated to desert heat before landing in Las Vegas.

    The difference between Phoenix and Las Vegas is the Vegas heat isn’t quite as brutal, but close, as Phoenix and Vegas heat doesn’t last as long as Phoenix.

    The biggest changes, good or bad depending on how you look at it, is the growth this place has experienced in 28 years.

    The valley population has swelled to the point that the only places left to develop is up the mountains surrounding the valley, and they are doing a fine job at that.

    The transformation of the Strip with all the new mega resorts. I was here to see the first implosion, which was the Dunes, to make way for the Bellagio. We stood in the parking lot of the Excalibur to watch the implosion, yes the view was crystal clear from Tropicana to Flamingo.

    All in all I still find it a great place to live and don’t have any plans to leave, but I’ll never say never because you never know.
     
  8. Glenn357M

    Glenn357M High-Roller

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    I came from Il about a year ago and saved about 7500 in property taxes per year. Paid about 650 more for plates for my car here than there. Food seems a little more expensive. The heat is relentless but I'm ok with that after 50 + years of winters. I miss the rain storms a little bit. Roads are great and laid out pretty well IMO. Lots of dipshit race car drivers on the roads. Always see a couple every time I hit the roads. Pizza could be better. Wings could be better. Everything is within 20 minutes or so for the most part. Lots of food joints ... some of them are pretty good. Hit and miss. Crime is what you would expect in a big city.
     
  9. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    Glenn, if you don't mind me asking, what is the freakin' property tax rate in Illinois? Or did you live in some mansion? That seems high for DMV fees, no? What are you driving? Thanks.
     
  10. tominiowa

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    Live PT in Vegas and from Iowa. I am surprised at finding decent meat in Vegas. Groceries in general as cheap and good as Midwest. People drink pop from liters here and in Midwest they buy pint bottles. The bad is strip has no lure for me except the occasional buffet with nice seafood. Getting to where I seldom see the DT Vegas. Both is usually just for company. Go gambling less every year. Even VP seems so tight compared to old days. Comps are about unheard of except the always there 2 fer 1 buffets. I have no trouble with heat but we do have a pool which we use often in summer. I spend much more time with landscape that I thought was possible. But things grow well with proper watering. Some too good.

    House property tax is 2/3 what Iowa is. Business is in Iowa so still get stuck with that state tax. Everything seems negotiable in Vegas and cash still gets a decent discount on some projects. People in Vegas have no tans. Mine is much more than locals. I laugh when they complain about humidity and have winter coats on and I am still in shorts.
     
  11. Las Vegan Cajun

    Las Vegan Cajun High-Roller

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    Yep, that’s true because we locals heed the warnings about sun exposure and melanoma. I’ll gladly keep my pale while winter look over skin cancer any day. :D:beer::)
     
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  12. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    The nice thing about being a VP player is you can look at the pay schedule and know instantly what you're facing.
     
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    tominiowa High-Roller

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    I agree skin cancer is something to avoid. Unfortunately some occupations such as mine, sun exposure cannot be avoided. I never understood why some people get such dark tans by laying out only to have tough leather skin later in life.
     
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    Property taxes are ridiculous here. We pay more than Glenn and certainly don’t live in a mansion. School taxes are almost as high as his property taxes. We definitely will not stay in NY once my husband retires. I almost have him talked into moving to Nevada, maybe not Las Vegas, but close. Can’t wait to get out of the tundra. I’m over it.
     
  15. ken2v

    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    Rates, people, what are the rates?
     
  16. padietz

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    I've lived in both Iowa and Illinois and we've paid around 2% of property value in taxes annually. Looking online at properties in Laughlin (where we are currently looking - Vegas is way too big for these rural Midwest folks), it looks like property taxes are less than 1%.
     
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    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    Good or bad, CA figured out the property tax thing years ago, with the 1.02% of value cap and a 2% annual cap. For example, we bought our last house for $360,000. Our property tax was a shade over $3600 annually that first year. The gal we bought the house from was paying more than $7000. We sold earlier this year for $610,000. Our property tax for last year, our sixth in the house, was about $3,600. The gal who bought our house was tagged for a bit over $6100. Equitable? Depends.
     
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