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Old 03-10-2018, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Yes, I am enjoying it. Looking for a house while I'm here so I can get to spend every winter here...

You might want to keep a home up here in case you need some high ground! But, seriously, I hope that all your dreams come true and that you don't run into any problems in your Sunshine State! Good luck!
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:41 PM
 
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Florida just has *better* roads- period. I pay less for gas here, and they do a good job of keeping the roads in decent shape.

We pay through the nose for gas in PA- highest gas tax in the entire country- and the roads are horrible...

All that tax money is lining somebody's pocket because it sure as heck isn't going to fix our lousy roads...
I always thought it had something to do with older roads, salt, snow melt, snow plows, temperature extremes, freeze/thaw cycles, lots of big trucks ... but maybe it's the (recently raised) taxes lining someones pockets... I never thought of that

Well on the other hand, apparently PA insurance companies are more efficient than FL's...since PA house insurance is much cheaper.

Or, maybe...
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Old 03-11-2018, 11:04 AM
 
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the poconos can be tough because because of the power outages in the winter . as a rental you cannot drain the house each time you leave .

now when those power outages happen and you are not there and it is vacant and are many miles away it becomes a race against time until you get heat and pipes don't burst .

it was always 1 or 2 am when our auto dial-er would call me in nyc and tell us the temperature was dropping in the house .

now i don't know is it just me , is it the heat crapped out or is it a general power outage ?

it was a real pain to deal with
This is the kind of info that is SO helpful -- thanks!

If it wouldn't (probably) be so cumbersome, I wish there would be a thread in the General U.S. forum entitled "Problems with your state/location that might not be obvious to people until they live there."

Thanks again!
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Old 03-11-2018, 02:57 PM
 
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This is the kind of info that is SO helpful -- thanks!

If it wouldn't (probably) be so cumbersome, I wish there would be a thread in the General U.S. forum entitled "Problems with your state/location that might not be obvious to people until they live there."

Thanks again!
Just an observation that you can befriend a neighbor or engage service guy/gal etc. and have them 'on call' to trudge over to your place.

Most houses, especially rentals, need someone to check on them. Florida houses during and after hurricanes can't be ignored for long periods of time.

Find a friend and give them a key. If you can't make friends, hire someone.

Alternative...own a condo/townhouse etc. with onsite or responsible management.
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Old 03-11-2018, 03:24 PM
 
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Just an observation that you can befriend a neighbor or engage service guy/gal etc. and have them 'on call' to trudge over to your place.

Most houses, especially rentals, need someone to check on them. Florida houses during and after hurricanes can't be ignored for long periods of time.

Find a friend and give them a key. If you can't make friends, hire someone.

Alternative...own a condo/townhouse etc. with onsite or responsible management.
Our neighbors have always done that for us. They always keep an eye on the house when we aren't there.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Tannersville, PA
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You might want to keep a home up here in case you need some high ground! But, seriously, I hope that all your dreams come true and that you don't run into any problems in your Sunshine State! Good luck!
Thank you fisheye. That *is* the plan.

Hubby won't sell that house, he is emotionally attached to it. So it is my plan to meet him halfway and spend 6 months here, 6 months there. So no more cold, ice, snow.

I can do the snowbird thing. It's a compromise. Such is life... it's always a compromise... lol
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Tannersville, PA
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I always thought it had something to do with older roads, salt, snow melt, snow plows, temperature extremes, freeze/thaw cycles, lots of big trucks ... but maybe it's the (recently raised) taxes lining someones pockets... I never thought of that

Well on the other hand, apparently PA insurance companies are more efficient than FL's...since PA house insurance is much cheaper.

Or, maybe...
Just think of the DWG toll. Remember when you used to buy tokens and the crossing cost you ten cents a trip? That price went up 900% and is going up again.

That is a very busy crossing with all those tourists flooding in 12 months a year. That bridge is a cash gold mine. Ever wonder where all that money goes? To keep that DWG in good shape? How much does it cost to keep one little bridge repaired? They used to do it on one tenth the toll...

I'll eat my shoes if that money isn't lining somebody's pocket...

That money is going somewhere, and it's sure as heck NOT going to benefit the people that live in the area, that's for sure.

Insurance- the house insurance down here isn't that much more than what I pay in PA.

I asked. My neighbors pay around $2000, and that's with wind mitigation. It's not a flood area, so they don't have flood insurance. They do have hurricane shutters. And their house is worth 3X what my PA house is. I pay around $1000 a year in PA for just a basic policy.

Property taxes are also waaaaaaaay cheaper down here, especially if you make it your primary residence and get the homestead exemption.

The homestead exemption, plus being a senior, can cut your taxes nearly in half here.

That's a heck of a lot better than the big $40 a year or so homestead credit I get in PA.

Florida has it's problems too but it seems to be a lot more efficient at running things without having to constantly increase taxes every single year.

Just saying...
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Old 03-12-2018, 01:38 PM
 
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Just an observation that you can befriend a neighbor or engage service guy/gal etc. and have them 'on call' to trudge over to your place.

Most houses, especially rentals, need someone to check on them. Florida houses during and after hurricanes can't be ignored for long periods of time.

Find a friend and give them a key. If you can't make friends, hire someone.

Alternative...own a condo/townhouse etc. with onsite or responsible management.
we had friends but the problem was when we would get that call at 2am the clock is already ticking with the house getting colder and colder . then we have the issue that they are not around to even check later on .

the whole thing was always nerve wracking and a roll of the dice .
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Old 03-12-2018, 04:26 PM
 
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The toll into the Gap is a whole $1. ����
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:46 PM
 
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Just think of the DWG toll. Remember when you used to buy tokens and the crossing cost you ten cents a trip? That price went up 900% and is going up again.

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The toll into the Gap is a whole $1. ����
I can also remember when
  • there was penny candy and a candy bar was a nickel
  • a cup o' coffee, a lemon blend. cherry coke, or a small bag of chips were a dime, party size was $.25 (well there was a nickel bag of chips too...that's $.50 now)
  • Texas Wiener, draft beer, a cheeseburger and french fries were $.15
  • Pack of cigarettes, milk shake, or an evening movie (matinee $.18) were $.25 ...and gallon of gas too
  • A Chevy Impala SS, Z-28 Camaro were about $3500 and a Corvette wasn't much more
  • etc. et al
Butt today a computer and a long distance phone call are a lot cheaper...
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