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Old 02-27-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Hi, Where in Florida is property taxes cheap? This friend of mine wants to live in the Key West area and is the taxes cheap there?


Thanks, John
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:29 PM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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Florida is currently under a leglesive season to reduce, maybe even eliminate property taxes. But have you checked the price of Key West houses? They are so high youll feel dizzy! Also its a huge hurricane risk and the heat sucks year round. I would recommend north FL, its better than south, see my thread why.
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:33 PM
 
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Hi, Where in Florida is property taxes cheap? This friend of mine wants to live in the Key West area and is the taxes cheap there?


Thanks, John
Oh the keys has to be the most expensive. I was down there on my honeymoon and we were just talking with some police officers that were on patrol and they say most people who work down there for the city (police, teachers and even medical personell) get assistance on their housing because income alone is not nearly enough. He even told us to buy a doublewide mobile home is well over $200,000 with no property. Certainly wouldn't even consider living in a mobile home in the Keys.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: HP/Eagle Rock
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Here is an article I just read online about Key West.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/23/business/realestate/main2508462.shtml (broken link)
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Monroe County has one of the lowest rates in Florida, but astronomically high values make it an expensive area for taxes. Also the property assessor falsifies information, and is not truthful making assessments. Key West is a dump, do yourself a favor and don't buy there.
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Old 03-17-2007, 06:23 PM
 
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My friends moved to St. Augustine. They couldn't afford anything more than 200k for their home. They seem to be doing very well. The home is a gorgeous home and property taxes are reasonable. Not too many people out there but prices are low.
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Old 03-17-2007, 06:57 PM
 
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Hi, Where in Florida is property taxes cheap? This friend of mine wants to live in the Key West area and is the taxes cheap there?


Thanks, John
Go here and do the research
http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/property/appraisers.html

About the cheapest you will find will be around $1300 per $100,000 to as high as $2600. per $100,000.
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:38 PM
 
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in brevard county, fl.. i think melbourne or some nearby city, there is no property tax
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:49 PM
 
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in brevard county, fl.. i think melbourne or some nearby city, there is no property tax
What was that $3000 I sent them for in Brevard?
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Old 03-18-2007, 06:57 AM
 
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The best way to beat property taxes is to buy enuf rural land to get a agricultural tax exemption. It can be timber, or pasture that you lease to someone else. The rentor will have his cows on it, maintain the fences, and pay you a small rent payment but you will save big time on the prop taxes.

Unfortunately rural land in Florida has trippled in price the last 5 years and in most counties you need 10 acres to get the ag exemption so this strategy costs more now

But why spend a lot on a house in a subdivision when you can buy acreage, get the ag exemption, and put a used doublewide on it for less than 50k? You pay taxes on the homesite only and that can be minimized if you keep the land in your name and have the MH in your wifes name. That way you only buy a tag instead of pay prop taxes on the doublewide which will save you big bucks.

I did that and sold a small piece of my acreage by the highway for more than I paid for the whole parcel. In the meantime, I just catch the morning sun in my private paradise, watch the new caves frolic in the new spring grass, and pay very few taxes.

This wont work for you if you love gated subdivisions with the houses on 1/4 acre lots with the mall a mile away. But it works fine for me.
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