Plattsburgh, NY is my home town. I have lived here for most of my life. I left a few years back because the demographic really did not have a whole lot to offer. I recently came back home in order to be closer to family and I am very happy that I did. The demographic has changed immensely, now there is an international airport being set up as I write this. There are more stores, restaurant's, and commercial endeavors going on than ever before. Plattsburgh really is fast becoming a booming little city. There is a very low crime rate which is good because I have 2 children and I can definitely see myself raising them around this area. Something else that I've noticed is that because of the influx and expansion of the local population the real estate markets are doing very well. We really haven't been "hit" by all of the turmoil circulating the real estate and mortgage industry like other areas in the country have. Something else that I want to point out based on an article that I read recently is that national foreclosures are actually down as a percentage. They are extremely high in four states (California, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada). They are so high in those four states that the national average is higher than last year, but if you were to cut those states out of the equation defaults are actually lower than last year. So, I really don't expect NY to be greatly affected by the downturn in the mortgage industry or by falling property values. We may see some impact, but we aren't going to get "hit" like some other areas in the country have.
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