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We moved to Las Cruces NM. This is not a financial decision but life style choice. It is very inexpensive here but not a lot of big city amenities. El Paso is the large city but it is not what we were used to in DC. Still, we love this. We get to interact with people much more. Realtors can be a big help but many seem to be dips. Look for one that is business savvy and not just one to show you how big the closets are. Stop in to a LOCALLY owned coffee house and ask questions of the owner. They must know their town or they go under. Find a local bank and talk to them. Same deal. Drive the commute both ways in rush hour. You will be amazed at the difference an hour makes. If you are golfing people, play the local course. If you are church goes, do the same. Do not ask about them as all information is biased. Experience.

Once you move in, make small donations to the local theater group(s) and other arts type organizations. Pay attention to the break points so that an extra dollar may put you into a higher category. Do not make large donations, it will not matter but a donation gets you plugged in. Subscribe to the weekly newspaper as they have all the things to do. They can't afford to hunt up real news. Show up and, better still, volunteer to help.

Plan to throw an open house the second month you are in your new place. Print your own invitations with your contact information and something about your family. Go door to door dropping them off. Keep a list of which houses you met people and which you have to go back to. Record names when you get out of their sight. Not everyone will come but you will have met almost every neighbor personally and in a way that makes them favorable toward you. We found ourselves introducing neighbors to each other.
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