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View Poll Results: Snowbirding options and experiences
Currenly are or have snowbirded in retirement 5 16.67%
Am planning on snowbirding in retirement 22 73.33%
Own 6 20.00%
Rent 3 10.00%
RV 6 20.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-15-2015, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by ipoetry View Post
We rent in FL for 2 months. Don't want the cost of 2nd home ownership, don't want to deal with hurricanes, just pack and go.
Could you give us an idea of where (beachside or not) and how much?
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:59 AM
Location: Florida
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We rented for 2 and 3 months the first 3 years. By diligent searching , the first two places were absolutely lovely homes at under $1500 a month, one within two blocks of the gulf, the other, within 3 miles.
These places do exist but just like shopping at a thrift store, you gotta thumb through the whole rack and 'go' more than once to find them
Then we found a place for 3 months for the 3rd year, same price range, in a 55+ MHP community, 10 miles to the gulf....next 2 years, same community but for 6 months.
After 3 years , we knew we'd like to be here so bought but continued to snowbird and this year I have become full time.
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:24 PM
Location: Albuquerque NM
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One appeal of the Texas Gulf vacation rentals is that winter is their off season so the prices are lower and the monthly rental prices even lower. The monthly winter rates end on March 1 - the start of spring break season. I don't know if the same is true for the rentals along the Alabama and Florida panhandle coast or not. While the $1000+ a month rental cost may seem high to those on a budget, the cost may include utilities, wi fi, cable TV, HOA fees, etc. Then the home is furnished to include a TV and generally includes all kitchen utensils, linens, etc. Some of the condos have weekly cleaning. VRBO is a good place to start to search availability and cost of different locales and you can search on many items such as number of bedrooms and whether pets are allowed. My understanding is that you should reserve a place months ahead of time if you want to reserve for the winter.
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