Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Get lost...and if you will, get paid for it.

The State of Kansas

In the face of declining or slowing population growth, some cities have decided to get aggressive about their survival.
Some cities are giving away free land, while others are literally handing out stacks of cash to folks who agree to move. If you're in the mood for a new town, why not have the town pay to have all of your awesomeness?
Here are the 6 cities that really, really want you to move...

1. Detroit, Michigan
We all know the trouble Detroit has had in recent years and it seems they've decided to do something about.
For starters, the town is giving away 100 beaten-down homes that are in need of some TLC. They'll even give you $150,000 to help with the renovations. Some of the houses are pretty cool looking, but they'll no doubt need more than $150,000 in repairs...

Another program in Detroit is offering college graduates a $2,500 first year allowance and a $1000 second year allowance towards the cost of renting an apartment/condo in the city. They're also offering up to $20,000 in forgivable loans for new homebuyers who purchase a property in the city.
In order to participate, you've got to work for one of the companies that have partnered with the city to offer this program. Some of those companies include Compuware, Quicken Loans, and Strategic Staffing Solutions.

2. Lincoln, Kansas
Anyone who's ever driven cross country via I-70 knows that Kansas is in no shortage of open space. Kansas has had a declining population since the early 1900's, so towns like Lincoln and Osbourne have taken to giving out free plots of land in order to entice new residents.
Depending on the city, there are different qualifications that you need to meet. You usually need to agree to build a single-family home on the land and live there for a set amount of time (5 years or so). {Read on}