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Old 11-24-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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In my field of work I could get paid about $15k more than im making now if I landed a job and moved to Florida, Ive always wanted to move to south Florida, preferably a ranch house in the outskirts of West Palm beach but where I work in Atl Georgia, I have seniority here and its pretty laid back, no stress, but kind of boring. Im just not so sure about moving to a new location a whole state away. One of my co workers says im in my 20's and its worth a try. A few years ago I didnt have a mortgage but now Id have to sell my place, or rent somewhere to stay until i sell my other place, make new contacts, etc. Looks like decent housing (2 bedroom ranches) could be found so thats not a problem once I sell and im single so no one to persuade other than myself. I notice the home owners taxes and ins. are higher. Im wondering if Id be making a mistake by moving since i may not like my job or the area, when I could just travel more if i stayed and got a raise. What would you do?
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Florida
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What would you do?
I'd stay where you are at. Why chance it in this economy? Florida working conditions are nothing like I ever experienced anywhere. Companies do not value their employees and are quick to fire for any or no reason at all. There are many many people willing to take your place for even less money. Seniority means nothing from what I have seen first hand. Why ruin a good job all for a gamble? Keep your job, keep your seniority, keep your relaxed atmosphere, and just take more vacations down here.

Florida is best left for vacations imho. Good luck in whatever you decide.
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Miami
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You are in your 20s this is the time in ones life to move and travel. But in this economy having a job and an income is very important as jobs are hard to find. So its a hard time for one to move with out a secure job. If you do decide to move, maybe don't sell your place, just rent it out for a year.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Jupiter
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If you are unhappy where you live now...wait and see how you feel 10 to 15 years from now...by then you will have too much time invested into your job to just quit and move on...so basically you will be stuck...until it is time to retire...I would start looking for a job in your field and then taking weekend trips to determine if you would be happy there...the worst that could happen is you find a job and then you will be forced to "Poop or get off the Pot"
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I wouldn't move anywhere I wasn't familiar with for just $15k more. Now if you LOVED the area then yes do it. Don't do anything in your life just for the money.

Find your passion in life and live it. If your job is not your passion find out what is. Travel or volunteering or meeting the right person can change your life to one lived fully. Explore.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:24 AM
 
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If you have a job opportunity, then you are ahead of the game. If you do decide to come down, make sure you don't burn your bridges elsewhere, and keep your old contacts in good order, in case you end up not liking it as much as you thought.

Being single and younger and mobile is when you should make such choices. Not when you're older and more jaded and expect the "new" place to be like the "old" places with warmer weather. You are more adaptable now.

If you do move I'd recommend renting first, to acclimate yourself to the area. Also, in case you don't like it much, you can leave without hassle. Taxes are approximately 2% of purchase price. Homeowner's insurance depends on where you live, your house, etc. It has come down significantly for most people the past few years. The upside? No income tax, which saves me thousands more than I spend in the extra 1% in property taxes!

Good luck!
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:54 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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Now is the time while you're young, but I wouldnt leave ATL for S FL. Where you're at it's less stress, and laidback - 2 things that wont get any better in S FL. Being bored sounds like perhaps just take some vacations instead of making the move to S FL. Also interested in knowing what you do that S FL would pay $15k higher than S FL. I received a job offer in ATL over the summer - had to turn it down - and it was higher than what I was making in Orlando. S FL probably pays a tad higher than Orlando.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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If you haven't lived in both Atlanta and S. Florida RECENTLY, how can you pass judgment on what will be more "less stress" and more "laid back?" Atlanta isn't exactly known for being "laid back" like Savannah or Charleston.

I have no additional stress from "living" here in S. Florida (particularly, PBC) beyond my stressful job. Traffic in PBC (where the OP is looking) is NOTHING compared to Atlanta, OR Broward and Dade.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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If you haven't lived in both Atlanta and S. Florida RECENTLY, how can you pass judgment on what will be more "less stress" and more "laid back?" Atlanta isn't exactly known for being "laid back" like Savannah or Charleston.

I have no additional stress from "living" here in S. Florida (particularly, PBC) beyond my stressful job. Traffic in PBC (where the OP is looking) is NOTHING compared to Atlanta, OR Broward and Dade.
The OP said it was laid back and not very stressful. At her job. Certainly cant guarantee that would be the same case in S FL!
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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In my opinion, don't leave Atlanta for anywhere in Florida. At least wait five years to see if the state can right itself. If you follow the news, Florida leads the nation in so many negative ways (unemployment, foreclosures, crime, average wages, insurance costs). Just be very, very careful before you move here and get yourself overly committed.
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