Arizona is wonderful!
It is much different here from the Oregon Coast. No ocean, and lots of cactus. The weather is beyond great for someone who doesn't like to be cold.
My husband has a great job and I am able to stay at home for the time being and learn some new skills. I am going to be completing a course on teaching English as a second language and have also received a certificate for beginning grant writing. I am also taking on some freelance writing projects and believe that by trying to explore new avenues and keep my options wide open we will make it through to the other side.
From my observations the real estate market here is just like everywhere else in the country. Many foreclosures, short sales, investors taking advantage of the low prices, and a few first time home buyers trying their hands at purchasing their first home. I believe we will not see a sturdy and secure market again until the flood of foreclosures and short sales are remedied.
I look forward to what the future holds. I think we all need to keep a positive attitude and look for every opportunity and take chances. I did not want to leave my home in Oregon, but I feel for this time we are where we are suppose to be. And it is a good thing!