Greetings from Beautiful Southern California!

My family has settled in to our new home in Murrieta, which combined with its sister city, Temecula, forms the Southwest corner of the Inland Empire. The IE is so large, it’s classified as its own metropolitan statistical area. With a population of more than four million, it’s the nation’s 13th most populous MSA and the third-most populated MSA in California, just barely edged out by San Francisco-Oakland.

The economy appears to be in decent shape. Yes, there are still hundreds of foreclosed homes on the market, and admittedly, I haven’t been to the fancy new mall yet. I can’t say if those shops are bustling.

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