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Since: Oct 09

Pocahontas

#1 Oct 6, 2010
Me and my husband are currently living in northeast arkansas, where I have always lived. We are considering moving to east Texas area, perhaps Pittsburg. We found a place in Pittsburg but haven't commited to anything yet. I'd like to know how jobs are there, crime rate, etc. The most important thing is job availability. We really need to find farm work, a place to rent, until we can get on our feet. If anyone can help by way of advice, where I can find an affordable place to rent short term, job openings,etc it would be greatly appreciated.

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Since: May 10

La Porte, TX

#2 Oct 6, 2010
There are much, much better places to live in Texas than Pittsburg (unless you live on Lake Bob Sandlin, it's very nice there)
You won't find a bunch of work there either. I would target Gilmer, Longview or Tyler. Rental rates aren't bad and jobs are plentiful (albeit, most of NE Texas is very depressed, I know from experience)
We live in SE Texas where there's always plenty of jobs and housing.
mycall2rise

United States

#3 Oct 6, 2010
If farm work is what you are looking for, then you can probably find enough to get by in this area until you are set and ready for bigger/better. The economy is staggering, but improving (much like the rest of the state.) We took a major hit w/Pilgrims going out, but we're gonna rebound. There are plenty of trade jobs as well. Check the newspapers, online job sites, etc.

Rental property is also available, at least in Mt. Pleasant (10 miles north of Pitt.) Actually, that market is booming, so you shouldn't have trouble. Take a drive through the neighborhoods and call the local realtors for plenty of options.
gingersnaps2002

Mountain Home, AR

#4 Oct 6, 2010
I'd rather stay north Texas to try to avoid the really awful heat. Thanks for the replies though.What is Gilmer and Longview like?
MP Native

United States

#5 Oct 7, 2010
gingersnaps2002 wrote:
I'd rather stay north Texas to try to avoid the really awful heat. Thanks for the replies though.What is Gilmer and Longview like?
You're not going to get much relief from the heat here in NorthEast Texas. The heat indexes (temp combined with humidity) went to 110 this summer (and it was a DRY summer).

Longview/Tyler ( on Interstate 20 ) are cities of around 100,000 or so with all the amenities of big city life.

Mt. Pleasant, Pittsburg , Mt. Vernon , etc.( near I-30) are in the 12,000 population range so real estate is proportionately cheaper unless you move into a neighborhood controlled by an HOA. There are plenty of rural areas around these communities where land can be bought for less than $1000 per acre.
gingersnaps2002

Cabot, AR

#6 Oct 8, 2010
Thank you for the replies! What about the Nacogdoches area? My husband suggested it to me so I looked up some info about it and it sounds really nice. I have noticed in general real estate is much higher than in northeast arkansas. Here you can easily find a 3 bed/2 bath home on 15+ acres for under $100,000. For our price range we'll be able to afford a place with 5 acres in Texas lol.
Thanks again!
Jonathan

Mount Pleasant, TX

#7 Oct 9, 2010
MP Native wrote:
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You're not going to get much relief from the heat here in NorthEast Texas. The heat indexes (temp combined with humidity) went to 110 this summer (and it was a DRY summer).
Longview/Tyler ( on Interstate 20 ) are cities of around 100,000 or so with all the amenities of big city life.
Mt. Pleasant, Pittsburg , Mt. Vernon , etc.( near I-30) are in the 12,000 population range so real estate is proportionately cheaper unless you move into a neighborhood controlled by an HOA. There are plenty of rural areas around these communities where land can be bought for less than $1000 per acre.
Land for less than $1000, when is the last time you bought any land? Even swamp ridden land that has been stripped of trees goes for more than $1,000 an acre. If the acreage is cleared it is more around $3,000 to $5,0000 an acre and that depends on how many acres you buy, where it is located, etc. and that is in the Gilmer, Pittsburg, Mt. Vernon area. If you are looking in the longview and tyler area for land they will laugh at you for the prices you have stated. This person needs to talk with area realators and not people on topix that dont know what they are talking about. You are way off base.
Jonathan

Mount Pleasant, TX

#8 Oct 9, 2010
mycall2rise wrote:
If farm work is what you are looking for, then you can probably find enough to get by in this area until you are set and ready for bigger/better. The economy is staggering, but improving (much like the rest of the state.) We took a major hit w/Pilgrims going out, but we're gonna rebound. There are plenty of trade jobs as well. Check the newspapers, online job sites, etc.
Rental property is also available, at least in Mt. Pleasant (10 miles north of Pitt.) Actually, that market is booming, so you shouldn't have trouble. Take a drive through the neighborhoods and call the local realtors for plenty of options.
I challenge you to take a look in the classifieds for jobs in this area and the surrounding areas. There are none and the few that are posted are very menials jobs. Most are minimum wage positions. Where are you people getting your information? You are way off base. I've got friends that have been looking at the internet and all the surrounding papers every week and they cannot find work, not even crappy work.
MP Native

United States

#9 Oct 9, 2010
Jonathan wrote:
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Land for less than $1000, when is the last time you bought any land? Even swamp ridden land that has been stripped of trees goes for more than $1,000 an acre. If the acreage is cleared it is more around $3,000 to $5,0000 an acre and that depends on how many acres you buy, where it is located, etc. and that is in the Gilmer, Pittsburg, Mt. Vernon area. If you are looking in the longview and tyler area for land they will laugh at you for the prices you have stated. This person needs to talk with area realators and not people on topix that dont know what they are talking about. You are way off base.
And you're a smart-ass. Feel better now? I said rural areas , not downtown Longview. Buy a newspaper.
MP Native

United States

#10 Oct 9, 2010
Jonathan wrote:
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I challenge you to take a look in the classifieds for jobs in this area and the surrounding areas. There are none and the few that are posted are very menials jobs. Most are minimum wage positions. Where are you people getting your information? You are way off base. I've got friends that have been looking at the internet and all the surrounding papers every week and they cannot find work, not even crappy work.
Pilgrim's is hiring every day. Maybe your friends should lower their expectations (assuming they actually WANT to find work.)
MP Native

United States

#11 Oct 9, 2010
gingersnaps2002 wrote:
Thank you for the replies! What about the Nacogdoches area? My husband suggested it to me so I looked up some info about it and it sounds really nice. I have noticed in general real estate is much higher than in northeast arkansas. Here you can easily find a 3 bed/2 bath home on 15+ acres for under $100,000. For our price range we'll be able to afford a place with 5 acres in Texas lol.
Thanks again!
Nac's a pretty nice town. Close to several good fishing lakes, not too far from Houston and the coast. Good college (Stephen F. Austin).
Jonathan

Mount Pleasant, TX

#12 Oct 9, 2010
MP Native wrote:
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And you're a smart-ass. Feel better now? I said rural areas , not downtown Longview. Buy a newspaper.
I was talking rural areas, you dumbass. Get your head out of the chicken shit. There are no jobs in the little hick towns or the slightly bigger hick towns. Minimum wage to executives jobs are nonexistent. I would tell you to buy a newspaper, but clearly you can't read.
Adra

Longview, TX

#13 Oct 11, 2010
Longview is a nice area with lots of places to shop and eat at.
MP Native

United States

#14 Oct 11, 2010
Jonathan wrote:
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I was talking rural areas, you dumbass. Get your head out of the chicken shit. There are no jobs in the little hick towns or the slightly bigger hick towns. Minimum wage to executives jobs are nonexistent. I would tell you to buy a newspaper, but clearly you can't read.
Sounds like you need to move to Dallas (maybe San Francisco ?) city boy.
OldFarmerBrown

Mount Pleasant, TX

#16 Oct 20, 2010
MP Native wrote:
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Pilgrim's is hiring every day. Maybe your friends should lower their expectations (assuming they actually WANT to find work.)
I believe I have read a number of your postings regarding Pilgrims and didnt think you were too keen on Pilgrims. Now you are suggesting someone get a job there? Not to mention the language used in alot of your posting. Why the doubletalk? You've really been on a fanatical attack looking at your postings.
TommyBrymer

Longview, TX

#17 Oct 21, 2010
MP Native wrote:
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You're not going to get much relief from the heat here in NorthEast Texas. The heat indexes (temp combined with humidity) went to 110 this summer (and it was a DRY summer).
Longview/Tyler ( on Interstate 20 ) are cities of around 100,000 or so with all the amenities of big city life.
Mt. Pleasant, Pittsburg , Mt. Vernon , etc.( near I-30) are in the 12,000 population range so real estate is proportionately cheaper unless you move into a neighborhood controlled by an HOA. There are plenty of rural areas around these communities where land can be bought for less than $1000 per acre.
Where is this at? Though we are in a recession I have not seen prices like this in 10 or more years.$1000 an acre....where? I'll buy all you have if its not bottom land, newly cut land that is ruined or like that. I think you are a bit out of touch with real estate.
obamaland

Ridgecrest, CA

#18 Jan 27, 2011
jobs no -- racism some--
Smith

Longview, TX

#19 Jan 29, 2011
No that's in Apache Junction, AZ, not Pittsburg. There are jobs if you are willing to work and not just draw a paycheck. Racism depends upon what type of fanatical nut you are. Not much of that here. Most people get along, especially in small towns.
obamaland

Ridgecrest, CA

#20 Feb 16, 2011
lier lier brain no work.
info

United States

#21 Feb 18, 2011
I have lived in this area for 46 years, job choices are slim. I bought 30 acres of land for $900.00 an acre ten years ago, and still have it. Not for sale, but I wouldn't take under $3,000.00 an acre for it. There are jobs if you have the right credentials. I haven't seen land prices for $1,000.00 an acre in a long time. There is some racism in the area, but we all pretty much get along.

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