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Old 02-03-2014, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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Hello everyone, I'm a 28 yr old CNA and my husband currently works for the county highway dept in our area as a diesel mechanic. He's currently going to school for electrical engineering. We have no children as of right now, and were just trying to get a leg up. We still have about 8 years left before we can move, mostly due to him wanting to lock in his pension, and finish school. We come from a very harsh winter dead zone known as Indiana. We got 14 inches of snow just in our parking lot a month ago! And the average temp around this time of year is below 0. We're not planning on moving before the 8 year mark as we want to have a decent amount saved up. My inlaws are moving to Cape Coral this summer sometime, and both sides of grandparents have homes in different areas, and my family is also planning on moving down, just have no idea when, and if it even happens, so we will have family down there during our time of transition if we are unable to move completely on our own. We have no idea where my husbands job will take us in the state as of right now because it's just too early to tell. I guess I'm just asking for some insight on areas that have homes either at, or under $100,000. I'm not asking for any input on money, or jobs, cause like I said, we're not moving with no job or without a lot saved up. Anybody that has any kind opinions please help lol
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Old 02-03-2014, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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The price of housing in 8 years will not, hopefully, be the same as now. One idea would be to figure out where you would want to be and buy a undeveloped lot there. That way you wont have to concerned about land prices in the future. You could sell the land at any time down the road if your plans change. Otherwords, it would be an investment.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Sinkholeville
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Park an RV on it and be a snowbird!
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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I like the first response a little better lol
We're not retiring, so being a snow bird won't happen. We'll be actually moving there when my husband gets out of school. If we're snow birds, then we would be homeless snow birds cause we wouldn't have jobs when we came back lol
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:36 PM
 
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I should have you know that CNA positions are very hard to come by in Florida, as it's quite a popular profession there, mostly due to large uneducated/unskilled workforce coupled with a large healthcare industry. Although competition for CNA positions is becoming increasingly fierce all over as healthcare facilities move towards eliminating CNA positions, competition for CNA positions in Florida has always been fierce--again, mostly due to the saturated market. I imagine that this issue will only be compounded by the future elimination of positions, and I except CNA's in rest of the country to get a taste of what CNA's in Florida have been dealing with for years.

Also, it's not the norm to be offered health benefits through your employer in FL as it is in just about every other state. Surprisingly, many office workers in FL have no health insurance. In most states (CA, NY, TX, etc.), it's a given that health insurance is offered, especially in an office-type setting. Even more disturbing, CNA's such as yourself--who work with the sick and elderly and who subject themselves to illness every day in hospitals and nursing homes--have no health insurance. I don't anticipate this changing with the Employer Mandate of the Affordable Care Act either, especially since most CNA positions are part-time vs. full-time.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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When we plan to move, my husband will have his pension with the county and he has excellent health coverage through them, and it will I'm assuming be Cobra then. Health insurance is the least of my concerns. Here too, almost all CNA positions are part time now with all the healthcare laws we have. Hopefully it changes in the future so more people have access to jobs.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:25 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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Well, I just got a job with the post office. The hours suck, days suck, but at least it's something I can transfer with, if I need to so we're not going down with no jobs. One of our girls just transferred to South Carolina, so I know it's possible.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I've never had a job in Florida obviously, but why do I get the vibe that employers in FL have high expectations and expect employees to work long hours rather often? Is it true or false?
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Eight years is a lifetime - and < $100k for a house in most parts of Florida is a tough ticket. Robyn
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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By the 8 year mark not only will we have our own house to have put up for sale towards buying one in FL, but we will also have money saved. I really don't like how everyone's giving me advice on jobs, money and even health insurance instead of giving me positive advice on different areas to look at. Maybe I should have just kept to myself? =\
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