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Florida: insurance, taxes, real estate, traffic, adoption.

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Old 12-03-2006, 04:45 PM
 
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I had been posting pretty regulary untl one of my posts were deleated saying I was "flaming" someone. I had intended not to post again feeling I was targeted because I quoted facts and meerly the truth but here I go again.

I keep reading posts of people who only want us to post the good things in Florida and yes there are many however they get clouded by all the problems in Florida. People say "just move away" Well sometimes that's not possible at the present time. People like myself have generations of family still living here some very old and unable to handle a move, not to mention trying to sell your home that the homeowners insurance is too high for someone to purchase it or the property taxes are too high. This is where my parents are now. They own their home and have recently had to cancel their homeowners insurance because it jumped from $630 three years ago to $5400this year. They are on a fixed income and can not possibly afford that. They can't sell their house because no one wants to pay that kind of insurance on a home that is worth $150K. I won't even go into details about my brother who is paying $5800 for a 900 sq foot home, or my grandmother who has had to move three times in three months because the assisted living she was living in closed due to them loosing their insurance. I just want people to know that we (or should I say I) have always LOVED Florida. The beaches, the beautiful sunsets. fishing, scalloping, boating, and all it's natural beauty. Now we work so much more that we can not enjoy Florida and it has changed so much that the "fun" and "beauty" is gone. Our wages are poor, that's a fact not a complaint, our schools are bad, aso a fact not a complaint, we are overrun with sex offenders, and crime is high. When I was a child here we would go out and play in the woods near our house and be gone all day till dark. There is no way I would allow my child to do that now! Trust me if we won the lottery we would scoop all our family members and get out of here! I also realize that almost everyplace will have issues of their own but it is not just "one" issue happening in Florida, but many. As for someone who posted to be part of the solution not the problem I can tell them that I am VERY active in my community and sit on several boards and am president of another group that is trying to help the people in Florida the problem that seems to be universal is lots of people complaining and very few people actually trying to do something about it. I will leave Florida fighting all the way and when I do leave (we are planning our escape from Florida as soon as our adoption is final and we have our daughter) I know I will miss a lifetime of the good things about Florida what I won't miss is all the other stuff. We have found property and housing in several other states that we can again live comfortably which is all anyone really wants I think.
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Old 12-03-2006, 05:12 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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Kudos!

Where are you planning to move? My family currently has indefinite plans to move to East TN within the next couple of years.

I hope all goes well with your adoption. I am also a Florida native, and I do not see myself raising a family of my own here.

God Bless,
~Kristina, a.k.a. Sunshine Baby
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Old 12-03-2006, 05:20 PM
 
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As a Florida native also, its sad so many are leaving the state.
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Old 12-03-2006, 05:39 PM
 
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Kudos!

Where are you planning to move? My family currently has indefinite plans to move to East TN within the next couple of years.

I hope all goes well with your adoption. I am also a Florida native, and I do not see myself raising a family of my own here.

God Bless,
~Kristina, a.k.a. Sunshine Baby
We have been checking out Tennessee, West Virginia, and Ohio. We have found may properties in Ohio and West Virginia that have gas wells...hopefully no more $350 electril bills
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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They have homes with a gas well? That's totally awesome, your own energy source! I wish I had something like that or a home next to running water I can use for energy. Nothing like that exists in Florida
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Ocala area in Central FL
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Tallrick, I sold a home in NE Ohio with a gas well on it in the winter of 2003, the well was producing consistently, maintained by a third party company and the home had FREE Gas. That was a Bonus!!! The house was built in 1860 and the new owners of that 30 acre property (at only $78K) where going to convert the entire home to gas with a secondary eclectic heating system for back up.

I have not seen anything like that here in Florida!!! What a DEAL!

PS: The house was 100% livable!

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Old 12-03-2006, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Default hey- for anyone curious-

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We have been checking out Tennessee, West Virginia, and Ohio. We have found may properties in Ohio and West Virginia that have gas wells...hopefully no more $350 electril bills
Our electric is $50-70 max in East Tenn due to TVA- what a break from FPL 400/month A/C bills. In Johnson City/Washington County you can get a 2500 sf house, 1 acre, near hospital and university town- for 1/4 the price of PBC - our property tax is non-existent- compared to what we paid in FL- beautiful country, and JC is still a main town. If anyone is curious about East Tenn I moved here a year ago- PM or ask me!

sincerely,
sunny
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Central FL
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Helena, if you don't mind me asking...what is your occupation? DH and I went to college in east Tennessee and it is beautiful country. We are happy in Orlando right now, but are looking ahead to retirement and considering moving to the mountains somewhere in TN or CO.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Helena, if you don't mind me asking...what is your occupation? DH and I went to college in east Tennessee and it is beautiful country. We are happy in Orlando right now, but are looking ahead to retirement and considering moving to the mountains somewhere in TN or CO.
I work at Mtn States Health/Johnson City Hospital as PR manager; the country is beautiful here- did you go to school at ETSU? My husband has his own landscape design co. It is actually a great area for kids- the school district Science Hill is very good. It is more traditional values/middle-America.

You might try sofrealestate.com- to see some houses. Happy to help. I dont mean to be negative on FL- then again I was further south than you are. I would just feel really bad for a young career person if they relocated to broward county, trying to find a decent job.

sincerely,
sunnyhelena
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Old 12-03-2006, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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A friend of mine moved to Manchester TN a few years ago. He now makes close to 80,000 a year as a parts manager for auto parts chain! This is a guy who was making 24,000 in Miami. Oh and you want to know what his house is worth? 220,000. It has 50 acres and isn't far from the highway. Evidently less desirable homes sell for as little as 50K! I am so upset as even being part owner of a company I am lucky to clear 30K this year! I talked to him for two hours and keep thinking, Rick why are you still in Florida? Why inthe world is it so bad here, WHY??
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