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Old 10-13-2006, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Sebring, FL (Not for long)
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We are leaving too, and not soon enough. Many of the people I know that are leaving have been here for generations. The "original" Florida is no longer wanted. It is tourism and retirement that is over taking Florida. And one day they are going to look back and wonder where did everyone go?
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:06 PM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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I too am leaving Florida for the reasons you mentioned. Even if I had the money to stay in Florida, why would I? The costs arent worth it and I can live a much better life elsewhere.
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Old 10-13-2006, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL / Raleigh, NC
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Default Visit places of interest before moving

NAH,
I don't know if you have or have not, but I strongly recommend for you to visit the areas that you are considering moving to before making the actual move. Even though I am not moving in the near future, I am eventually planning on moving out of south Florida and possibly out of the state in the next 4 years or so. However, I have visited several areas of interest, and some may seem like areas that I would not mind moving into with low traffic and inexpensive homes, but when I have visited the actual area there were other issues and reasons that I decided to cross it out of my list. On the other hand, there have been areas that I have visited and are actually better than I thought. Many of the Houston suburbs are areas that I would actually consider moving to that I like. It is always ideal to visit any areas of interest between 4-5 days to 10 days, depending on how big the metro area is, and also if you have narrowed down your selection before visiting. It is always a good idea to visit and spend time during the weekday and weekend to get a good feel for the area.

Being that you live in South Florida, I would strongly recommend the Houston metro area. Climate wise is not that big of a difference. Traffic, comparable to South Florida but with better highway system. The Houston suburbs though, way better than South FLorida as far as traffic within the suburbs and quality of life. Honestly, that area is high on my list. North Carolina is the next state I plan on exploring.
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:16 PM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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Its expensive each area that I explore. Much better to just ask others if they reccomend the area or not. Texas comes highly reccomended but I cant afford much house there and not in a good area/neighboorhood. If you can find a 2000+ square feet nice house in a good low crime area in Texas for under $100k, ill be interested. I am not interested in small old houses in downscale neighboorhoods.

West Virginia is on the top of my list. I can get a nice 2000+ square feet house in a middle class neighboorhood for around $50k. Remember I can live anywhere because ill be self employeed.
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Old 10-14-2006, 09:13 AM
 
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Good afternoon to all of you,
I too live in Florida, Pasco county. Our homeowners insurance is now $5300. My husband is working in Dallas Texas for 30 days so he can see if it would be worth relocating with his company; hense my thread name r move to texas. I have been mostly in the Dallas Texas forum but, today my husband called and told me to look at Ocala. He said that he heard the property taxes and homeowners insurance is cheaper. I was wondering if anyone can give me some insight to this so called cheaper living in Ocala? I lived in Pennsylvania for 39 years and have lived in Florida for 7. The first year here it was dilemma after dilemma and, the second year; two days before christmas we had a sink hole. We remained postitve as much as possible but, now I have given up. I don`t know what to do. I have written letters to local representatives, the media ect. Like everyone else has tried to do unsucessfully. Since a few of you are natives to Florida what would your opinion be? Would you consider staying in Florida and moving to Ocala or would you try a move to Texas or possible Georgia?

Thank you in advance. Looking forward to your posts. Terri
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Old 10-14-2006, 10:40 AM
 
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My mother who has lived in her house for 35 years and is 82 years old may be forced to live with me or my sister because of the insurance rates. We have both helped her in the past but now my sisters homeowners insurance has tripled and mine has gone from 700.00 to 2900.00 a year and a 5000.00 hurricane deductible for each hurricane. My house was built in 1954 and has never had a claim. I am talking about average houses from 170,000 to 225,000.
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Old 10-14-2006, 10:53 AM
 
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I too am a FL Native...from several generations of Floridians. My husband and I are making our plans to leave South FL. We are just waiting for his employer to have a transfer opportunity available. It's just not worth it to be here anymore. We have several family members and friends that have already made the move and now they say they wish that had done in a decade sooner. I don't want for him or I to spend all of our lives working to just make the mortgage. I will miss it here b/c I love South Florida..it's my home, but I have traveled alot and I know I can fall in love with other places.
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Old 10-14-2006, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Default High Cost Of Fl

Regarding one of the above posts; no kidding about the electric bills. In June and July, ours was a little over 400 bucks a month. Thermostat is set on 75 degrees. There are only 2 of us living in this house. Home owners ins went up.....property tax went up.......price of gas is highest in our county (Highlands - Central FL). I don't know how most people make it here let alone people on a fixed income. Wages in FL suck too......I work for a company based out of Texas (medical transcriptionist) so I make excellent money and my husband is a corrections officer for the state so his salary isn't too bad either. We have a daughter in Tampa who is a dental assistant....her rent in an apartment is 700 a month.....anything cheaper and she'd be living in the ghetto. She's ready to move too. If people are looking to relocate to FL....they'd better do their homework....living on the coasts or S. FL is expensive. Central FL is a little better. School system here is terrible. Overcrowded, ranks in the bottom nationally, when we moved here 16 years ago...our kids were ahead of what they were teaching here. Unless you HAVE TO move here...I'd suggest moving to Georgia or TN or NC....etc.
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Old 10-14-2006, 11:12 AM
 
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My electric was almost 400.00 a month this summer and I only have 1600 sq feet, and a huge oak tree that shades the house. Speaking of schools I came down in 78 because my mother was ill, I enrolled my oldest daughter who is dyslexic, but had special teachers where we came from, but she was already two years ahead of her class, what a mess that turned out to be. My youngest daughter went to a private non religious school.
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Old 10-14-2006, 05:01 PM
 
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Its sad Im moving also.
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