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View Poll Results: *****Best and most affordable place to retire to
Grayson, KY 1 2.22%
Berea, KY 1 2.22%
Harrison AR 2 4.44%
Fayettville AR 4 8.89%
Branson MO 4 8.89%
Traverse City MI 2 4.44%
Murray, KY 2 4.44%
Chattanooga, TN 12 26.67%
Dunellon, FL 3 6.67%
Stuart, FL 8 17.78%
Huntington, WV 1 2.22%
Charleston, WV 0 0%
Bloomington, IN 5 11.11%
Inverness, FL 4 8.89%
Saint Cloud MN 2 4.44%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-15-2014, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I voted for Inverness, FL. It's actually on our short list for retirement. You have the advantage of being close to Ocala for shopping and Gainesville has great medical facilities.

I debated voting for Chattanooga but I'm glad I didn't after I read your comments about the south. We generally vacation in TN and I always feel very 'Northern'. The Johnson City, TN area is still on our retirement list but I am not sure we can get used to feeling like Yankees....lol
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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His list is based on where he can use a VA benefit where he doesn't have to pay property tax, as I understood it. Apparently, not all states offer the same benefit.
Not everything on United Country matches his requirements but you can search by state and there are some beautiful places available.

I used to look at sites that sold islands too...
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:43 PM
 
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Yea I don't want to feel out of place, cause that has never been the the case anywhere on the west coast, maybe with the exception of parts of Utah. I don't care much about history, unless it has to do with the medieval period. Of some more ancient times. I have seen a couple really nice homes in Grayson, McKenzie TN, Harrison AR, Branson MO, and outside of St. Cloud MN, Eddyville, KY ..Berea, Dunnellon, and etc...along with others. That is why I was asking about certain locations. Homes that are updated, in my price range, kind of rural, low crime, and etc....I don't think Chatanooga would far to well in the crime dept, though I haven't checked the numbers yet. Keep in my mind I am looking at such places also due to low utility costs, and low property taxes, and places that give vets some breaks.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:53 PM
 
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Rash of Chattanooga shootings breaks the calm | Times Free Press

I think I will pass on Chattanooga to be honest.....I am looking for more rural anyway, and less crime. I am not a huge FL fan, due to crime and congestion, but the areas around Dunnellon, and Crystal River seem safe and peaceful, while Ocala crime stats are not looking very good.
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:51 PM
 
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I have seen a couple really nice homes in Grayson, McKenzie TN, Harrison AR, Branson MO, and outside of St. Cloud MN, Eddyville, KY ..Berea, Dunnellon, and etc...along with others. That is why I was asking about certain locations.
Sometimes there are good reasons why certain locations have really nice low-priced homes. Just saying, as someone who's driven through Harrison AR many times.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:01 AM
 
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is Harrison AR run down?..... because from what I understand there are plenty of run down areas around Fayetteville Bentonville Rogers also....... Branson Missouri looked pretty clean to me as well as the outlying areas. I hear Berea Kentucky is a really nice little artsy town....

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Old 08-16-2014, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Buckeye
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I get a tax exemption being a 100 percent disabled vet, and in MN, as in about 8 other states, I would pay zero property taxes, hence one reason for looking at MN...MN gives disabled vets a break on up to 300k of a homes assessed value, which means if I bought a home for 250k, I would be under the 300k limit, and get a full 100 percent property tax break in MN...AR, OK, MI, IA, NJ, FL, TX, NM, all give 100 PT vets a full 100 percent property tax break. Every state has different amounts and exemptions. Some are very very generous, like the ones above.


FYI, the tax exemption here in MN is county by county and not determined by the state.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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YIKES! Such a dim view of humanity.
It's not a matter of whether the view is dim or bright, but whether it's accurate.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:26 AM
 
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I get the feeling the south is not a good fit for the OP. I'd imagine they would be more suited to staying out West and looking high desert.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I get the feeling the south is not a good fit for the OP. I'd imagine they would be more suited to staying out West and looking high desert.
Having followed OP quest on other threads, I agree.

I can't vote, as there are no places west of Missouri River (which I don't venture east of, during summer...).

I am glad many prefer the SE, as it keeps the summer crowds down in NW.

While a really like my visits East in Fall and spring... I am quite content to stay west (as home summer and winter).
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