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Old 06-08-2009, 04:13 PM
 
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I read on another thread that "Delaware is the new Florida" for retirees...I thought that was pretty funny! So, is it true? Is Delaware marketing to retirees to move there?
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:17 PM
 
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Here is some reasons why:
The taxes are so nice and low!
You have all the seasons, and people love to experience all seasons
Your insurance costs on the homes is not as high as in Florida
You have the Ocean!
I had Aunts and Uncles leave Fort Lee, NJ years and years ago due to your low tax structure....and to rid themselves of the sky high Fort Lee taxes. So I don't think it is a new idea......but........an idea that is spreading.
Another point is that the people can still visit with family and friends in NY and NJ without a two day drive or plane ride.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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The one problem I see is that DE winter can still be pretty cold and LONG (like this past one). While DE winters are likely to seem nothing to someone from Upstate NY or New England, the state can't attract people who really want a year-round warm climate and people are unlikely to move here from more southerly states, I think. I have a peculiar set of requirements for a place to live that makes Wilmington, DE a suitable environment, except that I find the winters here too long and persistently cold. I'm thinking of the possibility of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill to get some relief from the winter. OTOH I'm not interested in Florida at all. I think that places like DE will only attract a particular constituency of retirees and never as many as Florida.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:23 AM
 
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We retired from PA to De about 2 1/2 years ago.
Reason being lower taxes, close proximity to the beach, not far from Philly, Jersey, MD or VA.
We seem to get more house for our money too.
At one time we considered Florida like so many others. A couple years in a row of devistating hurricane hit the state.
I remember seeing what these poor people went though. One couple said it was their first year retired in Florida. They lost everything.
That did it for us plus I dont' think I could take the many months of hot humid. We have hot weather here but they have many more months of that. I like the 4 season.

Other states are growing in retirement population as well. TN is one along with the Carolina.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I agree that hurricanes are a major reason not to live in Florida if you don't have to be there. I wouldn't like to live anywhere along areas of the coast where hurricanes are common. I don't understand the pull of Florida -- just the year round warm/hot/humid weather I suppose. I have a friend and colleague who just bought a condo in Boca Raton and she describes the whole place like it's one big old folks colony -- even she seems depressed about the prospect, but it's like some pre-programmed response being engaged or something -- she and her husband have to move to Florida because it's what you do when you retire (????????).
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:25 AM
 
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Let us face it ...with baby boomers getting to the retirement age there are bound to be more retirement "heavens" everywhere.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Yes, but NJ won't be one of them!
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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Strangely enough my parents retired to NJ! They moved from their hometown in South Jersey when they were first married and raised us in Delaware. About 15 years ago, they retired and moved back to their hometown. They live in a fairly rural and depressed area so the prices aren't that bad.

I would probably want to retire to an area close to where my kids end up, although given the track record of our family, they may not have settled on an area by that time. To me, family and friends trump weather. (Of course, I say that now in June. In February I was ready to move to Arizona!)
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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a few years back, people did retire to the jersey shore or south Jersey. I really don't think it was a expensive then as it is now. Taxes are very high and that is what is driving retirees out of jersey today.
Delaware is a melting pot of people from PA, SD, NJ, NY, VA, NC, AZ and Florida.
Some moved back from Florida because of the high homeowners insurance.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Yeah, that's precisely the thing about NJ: the taxes seem to be intolerably high, especially for most retirees. I guess if you are in a rural, under-populated area with little demand for housing and services the tax assessments may be substantially lower. But I can't see non-natives actually moving to NJ to retire, due to the ever-escalating taxation.
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