buying land here what's it like livin...

buying land here what's it like living here?

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joe

Somerset, KY

#1 May 20, 2013
any info thanks !
skepticatbest

Mountain Home, AR

#2 May 20, 2013
It's nice. I have lived here all my life. Don't worry. I have lived several other places. Get used to a slow pace, is the advice I would give.
joe

Somerset, KY

#3 May 20, 2013
awesome i like slow pace saw some videos of your town it's very beauitful! looking forward :D
Oh My-

Mountain Home, AR

#4 May 21, 2013
Very dull during the winter, but a water paradise in the spring, summer and fall.
look

Pineville, AR

#5 May 21, 2013
I would not live anywhere else. Low crime rate. Great fishing, I've been here 11 years. When I leave town, I am always anxious to get back.
Guest

Mountain Home, AR

#6 May 21, 2013
Lots of old ppl!
no way

Rowlett, TX

#7 May 23, 2013
If you are well off or retired you will love it here. If you are still needing to work you will absolutely loathe it here. All employers treat their help poorly and they pay just enough to keep most people on Government assistance. The area is beautiful and is home to many good decent people. It is just hard to make it here. Full-time jobs are getting harder to find and keep. Employers have all the rights here. The working class have very little rights and the companies here have no problem reminding you of that. Almost all degrees are worthless unless you are kin to someone here you just cannot get what few good paying jobs there are here. Be prepared to kiss a lot of butt if you want to get anywhere. Hard work means nothing. It is sad but true.
business owner

Mountain Home, AR

#8 May 23, 2013
no way has no idea what they are talking about. Sounds like the typical lazy ass that doesn't want to work, and then blames it on everybody else.
no way

San Antonio, TX

#9 May 24, 2013
business owner wrote:
no way has no idea what they are talking about. Sounds like the typical lazy ass that doesn't want to work, and then blames it on everybody else.
Actually, you have no idea what you are talking about. I do work. Unlike you, I do not pretend to be someone I am not. You come of as very uneducated so I find it very unlikely you own any business and if you do you probably own some little operation where your employees bust their butts for peanuts while you sit in your make shift office doing nothing. I dare you to publish a poll on a legit news site asking how the workforce is here. Let people prove you wrong. Now go back to pretending to be someone while the rest of us work. Moron!
Smart Guy

Newport Beach, CA

#10 May 24, 2013
no way wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, you have no idea what you are talking about. I do work. Unlike you, I do not pretend to be someone I am not. You come of as very uneducated so I find it very unlikely you own any business and if you do you probably own some little operation where your employees bust their butts for peanuts while you sit in your make shift office doing nothing. I dare you to publish a poll on a legit news site asking how the workforce is here. Let people prove you wrong. Now go back to pretending to be someone while the rest of us work. Moron!
I find your view interesting, I am about to get out of the military and have a MBA, I was looking to potentially move to mountain home, although I do understand that the overall "pace" is slower than most places, the schools are great and would be awesome for my kids. I do however worry about job potential and security. Do you happen to know how working at Baxter is? Either good or bad?
no way

San Antonio, TX

#11 May 24, 2013
Smart Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
I find your view interesting, I am about to get out of the military and have a MBA, I was looking to potentially move to mountain home, although I do understand that the overall "pace" is slower than most places, the schools are great and would be awesome for my kids. I do however worry about job potential and security. Do you happen to know how working at Baxter is? Either good or bad?
It really is a great area. We have lots of beautiful spots and most people are wonderful. Job security is an issue though. The Baxter Lab does pay better than most companies in the area and the employees seem to like working there. Layoffs are always a concern, but that is true for any factory here. I have a degree in General Business and Management that I have not been able to use. If you can get one of the higher level jobs at Baxter, you will do just fine here.:) I know it sounds like I am insulting the area, but I am not. Everything I have said about the workforce here is true. Let us know if you decide to move here. I can tell you about all the great things about Mountain Home.
Get Real

Mountain Home, AR

#12 May 24, 2013
Actually, everything you said about the area is a generalization. While your experience may not have been what you wanted, there are others who would tell you the exact opposite. There are not as many opportunities here as other places, but to say hard work means nothing and that you have to be related to someone to get a job is inaccurate. Has that helped quite a few people? Sure. Does everyone here with a good job have powerful family ties? Nope.

Just because you have a degree does not mean you should automatically get the job you think you deserve. I went to college with a lot of people who probably shouldn't have even graduated, but they did. That degree doesn't mean anything except that you put in some time at a school. How that translates into being successful, personable, happy, and comfortable is totally up to you. The market is flooded with college grads who feel that a degree entitles them to a higher paying job, but that's not the case in this country anymore - not just Mtn. Home. There are plenty of people who didn't go to college but instead went into the workforce and will always have an edge on college grads because they got started earlier. College is great if you want to do something very specific, like a particular field of science or a specialized job in health care, etc. If you went for business, you really didn't do yourself any favors. This is coming from someone with a business degree. Corporations might want to see that, but anymore, businesses are looking for experience. As you all probably realize, what they teach in college and what happens in the real world are two totally different things.

To anybody looking to move here, I'll give you some valuable advice. Don't expect an intelligent answer from Topix. Take everything with a grain of salt (my post included). You aren't normally going to get answers from people who see the "big picture," instead you get answers that are related to whatever specific issue that particular person has with the world and how it has treated them poorly. Life is what you make of it - if you are truly talented and are easy to get along with, you'll have no problem finding a job here. You may have to work your way up over the course of a few years but there is opportunity here. More so than most towns of this size. But still not as much opportunity as a larger city, obviously. My advice is to come visit on vacation, check the place out, talk to some business managers or owners, look for job openings in the paper and online, and see if your resume is strong enough to get an interview somewhere. And if not, then look for a way to make money here on your own, either by telecommuting or starting your own business. You can do anything you set your mind to if you have the intelligence and desire, with the latter being most important. I've known some real dumb people who never gave up and became millionaires.

Best of luck to all of you with your plans.
Slickery Joseph

United States

#13 May 25, 2013
Well..I can tell ya I'm 40 yrs old and decided 20 yrs ago if I planned to have anything outta life I had to get a job elsewhere. Honestly, I don't know how anyone could live and work here and support a family.
predsjack

Santa Fe, TN

#14 May 25, 2013
It's mainly a retirement community and service jobs, IE. restaurants and medical community jobs, Nice place to live in but does have it's pockets of cranky old folks who have nothing better to do than complain about what someone else is doing and moving into their area. Fishing is awesome and recreational activities make up for those cranky seniors.
no way

Dallas, TX

#15 May 25, 2013
Get Real wrote:
Actually, everything you said about the area is a generalization. While your experience may not have been what you wanted, there are others who would tell you the exact opposite. There are not as many opportunities here as other places, but to say hard work means nothing and that you have to be related to someone to get a job is inaccurate. Has that helped quite a few people? Sure. Does everyone here with a good job have powerful family ties? Nope.
Just because you have a degree does not mean you should automatically get the job you think you deserve. I went to college with a lot of people who probably shouldn't have even graduated, but they did. That degree doesn't mean anything except that you put in some time at a school. How that translates into being successful, personable, happy, and comfortable is totally up to you. The market is flooded with college grads who feel that a degree entitles them to a higher paying job, but that's not the case in this country anymore - not just Mtn. Home. There are plenty of people who didn't go to college but instead went into the workforce and will always have an edge on college grads because they got started earlier. College is great if you want to do something very specific, like a particular field of science or a specialized job in health care, etc. If you went for business, you really didn't do yourself any favors. This is coming from someone with a business degree. Corporations might want to see that, but anymore, businesses are looking for experience. As you all probably realize, what they teach in college and what happens in the real world are two totally different things.
To anybody looking to move here, I'll give you some valuable advice. Don't expect an intelligent answer from Topix. Take everything with a grain of salt (my post included). You aren't normally going to get answers from people who see the "big picture," instead you get answers that are related to whatever specific issue that particular person has with the world and how it has treated them poorly. Life is what you make of it - if you are truly talented and are easy to get along with, you'll have no problem finding a job here. You may have to work your way up over the course of a few years but there is opportunity here. More so than most towns of this size. But still not as much opportunity as a larger city, obviously. My advice is to come visit on vacation, check the place out, talk to some business managers or owners, look for job openings in the paper and online, and see if your resume is strong enough to get an interview somewhere.
Best of luck to all of you with your plans.
A generalization huh? Look around. Ask people questions. Ask them how their employers treat them. Ask them how little they earn while doing the jobs of two and three people. Ask them about layoffs and how their supervisors became supervisors. Ask them how long they had to work to get full time. Ask them what benefits they have. Generalizations my foot. Take a look around at some of the better paying employers and you'll find a whole lot of closely related people fill their positions. Hell, one of them has a man, his wife, and his son working together and in addition to them his brother in law. Many father and son's fill spots at the better companies here and it is solely because they are kin. You must have your head in the clouds. Also, I DO have YEARS of experience in the business field. I did not just skim through college either. I have NEVER felt entitled to anything. I work VERY hard and I am very loyal. It means nothing here. Kissing butt and having family ties trumps hard work and loyalty here. Spare me your fluff.
joe

London, KY

#16 May 25, 2013
i'm in my 30's and i'm planing to fully pay my land off there i also live in a smaller town then mountain home arkansas so i'm pretty used to the laid back life i think mountain home arkansas is a nice place and i hope to meet alot of new friends there isnt alot to do in the town i live in we have a water park here a new mdonalds a taco bell a arby's a kfc and papa johns pizza and dq and a long john slivers and little ceasers pizza and a place called oasis pizza and pizza hut and a few small local and mexica buffet restaurants its a nice little town tho
Get Real

Mountain Home, AR

#17 May 25, 2013
no way wrote:
<quoted text>A generalization huh? Look around. Ask people questions. Ask them how their employers treat them. Ask them how little they earn while doing the jobs of two and three people. Ask them about layoffs and how their supervisors became supervisors. Ask them how long they had to work to get full time. Ask them what benefits they have. Generalizations my foot. Take a look around at some of the better paying employers and you'll find a whole lot of closely related people fill their positions. Hell, one of them has a man, his wife, and his son working together and in addition to them his brother in law. Many father and son's fill spots at the better companies here and it is solely because they are kin. You must have your head in the clouds. Also, I DO have YEARS of experience in the business field. I did not just skim through college either. I have NEVER felt entitled to anything. I work VERY hard and I am very loyal. It means nothing here. Kissing butt and having family ties trumps hard work and loyalty here. Spare me your fluff.
I know a ton of people here from all walks of life. I don't need to ask around - we talk about this stuff regularly. I know some who have had your experience and I know others who have had a totally different experience. I've been on both sides of the issue myself. What I'm saying is that you are trying to make it sound like everybody has the same experience you have had, and that's not true. I'm just telling both sides of the story, unlike you.

Hard work and loyalty does matter here. Perhaps not to all employers, but it does to some. I would cite specific examples but it's not my place to drop names. I can assure you that it works both ways here, as in many cities in America and around the world. What you are complaining about is nothing specific to Mtn. Home. Spare me your negativity. I don't have my head in the clouds... I just have a broader view of the big picture than you seem to have.

If you have experience and don't like working for other people, then start your own company. It's the only way to avoid all of the issues you are having, although it might create new ones. And then who will you blame?
big ben

Calico Rock, AR

#18 May 31, 2013
Great place for retirees to come and die. If old age doesn't get you the piss poor hospital will leave you broke and or dead. They got a great success rate when it comes to killing people with poor dr's and staph infections. Get away from mtn home for medical care or you goin to die.

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