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Roanoke Rapids, NC

Housing Market - 3/26/2008

This is a inexpensive housing market but you should seek an experience property manager before investing here. Roanoke Rapids is a great place to invest, we have a shortage of medium priced rentals but you could change that with my help.

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East Meadow, NY

Grew up there, glad I left! - 2/9/2008

I grew up in Roanoke Rapids, and I thankfully married and moved away! The housing market is ridiculous there. I think the houses are way too pricy for the type of area that is. Also, there is nothing to do in Roanoke Rapids, so people tend to be very involved in other people's lives. Everyone knows everyone's business b/c they have nothing better to do with their time! The job market is horrible there. Unless you plan to work at the paper mill, hospital, or walmart, then good luck finding a job! I am glad I moved away to bigger and better things!

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Raleigh, NC

Roanoke Rapids - 11/20/2007

Well, I lived here for five years. When you first arrive the smell of the paper mill will overwhelm you. The paper mill is one of the biggest employers there. After a while you get use to it and don't notice it anymore. The most recent addition is the Randy Parton Theater. It is right off of I-95 and is expected to bring in lots of out-of-towners. There is a small strip mall and a Wal-Mart, but nothing major. The only major department stores are Belk's and JCPenney, if that gives you any idea. There is a local community college with a nursing program and a dental hygiene program, but they are the highlights. The nearest larger city is Rocky Mount, about 30 minutes south on I-95. You are within 15 minutes of the Virginia border. You are about 1.5 hours away from the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh. It is a straight shot there. Take I-95 to Hwy 64 to Raleigh. Very easy to get from one to the other. Not much job opportunity and absolutely nothing to do. There are a few local billiard halls and a couple bars. There are no major fine dining establishments...just your Ruby Tuesday's, Applebees, etc. Overall, Roanoke Rapids is a hum-drum place to call home. Other than Lake Gaston, there is no major reason to go there.

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