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Old 11-15-2006, 03:34 AM
 
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I've been reading this forum for a while and while people can be very helpful, there is nothing that can take the place of a trip to an area, before relocating.

People post from their own experiences. If a poster has had a great experience, they will tell everyone how great living in the area is....If they have had bad experiences, they will warn everyone not to move to a place.

Nothing takes the place of visiting an area and checking it out for yourself.

There is also a lot of research a person can do prior to visiting. You can get relocation packages from the local school districts (this usually has information about the school district/scores, etc), check out mls listings on the internet, search for city/town websites and read information about the town/city, check to see if there are local churches (if that is important), parks, shopping, entertainment, restaurants, job opportunities, apartment rentals, etc...you can even do a mapquest from a job location to your home. Just about anything you need to know you can get from either picking up the phone and calling the local chamber of commerce in an area, or searching for it on the internet. If you are seriously looking to buy a home, you can always call a realtor.....but, I would make a trip to an area myself before jumping in to anything.

No one can tell a person if they are going to like living somewhere for any reason...it is all an individual choice.

I read peoples posts to get more insite about an area....but, I would also visit the area myself.
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:23 AM
 
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I agree. Most relocation experts recommend you visit an area for a month before relocating to make sure you like it.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:24 AM
 
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Extended stay hotels, with kitchens are great to stay in while you are taking the time to really look around an area before purchasing a house. They usually rent by the week/month at a decent rate. Also, some hotels/motels will negotiate a monthly rate.

I've also rented apartments for 6 months or so, before purchasing...especially when my children were in school and I wanted to make sure that the schools were in a district/zone that I would want to purchase a home in. It's easier to rent and move somewhere else...than jump into buying a home and having regrets about the area later.

We were a military family for 25 years, and when we had to live out in town, we always rented first.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:42 AM
 
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It's good advice and makes sense... however, it's not that simple. A lot of people don't have the extra money to take the trip to several different places to see if they are interested in moving there. It can add up to several thousands of dollars, what it would cost to actually move there.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:50 AM
 
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I agree with redwings fan

moving is stressful, and you need to pack, then unpack. And if you are only one person, with pets, you need to board them, and all this adds up. Then also, you have no income coming in. The best way, is to visit a place,
often, such as on vacations etc. Then at least you have a feel for it.
me, i just made up my mind i would buy pack, unpack then make the best of the move.
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Florida but not for long :) :)
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Makes lots of sense to rent before you buy. If you don't like it, then you can pick up and move without the worry of selling your home.
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:25 PM
 
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Good advice from all depending on your means. My family and I are going to SC next year where we plan to move in 2008 but can only afford to stay about a week. I've done a crash course on the areas of interest from the computer chair and learned a great deal from the SC boards. Realtor.com shows what home prices are at the moment and the counties have their own sites to inform parents about school districts including report cards on each school as current as 2005. You can calculate what property taxes will be, state income taxes (which FL does not have btw), and Google various cities that all seem to have their own sites. It's just a glimpse from afar but a good first look.

Florida is best visited in "winter" which is really not winter as northerners know it but the dry season when we have less humidity, though it is still quite warm. However, you may also be brave and come here in August to see what that will be like too. Hot and humid does not describe it.

Florida is hot for a good 8/9 months of the year. I grew up here and remember my childhood as one loooong summer.
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:47 PM
 
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YES! That's exactly what I was talking about. You can do soooo much research on the internet about prospective places to move to....google to your hearts content!

I would at least try and go down to see a house in person, or an apartment rental before actually committing myself.
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