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Old 04-11-2008, 08:40 PM
 
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I placed a thread about 9 months ago re: ""My take on Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Westchase, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor"". At the time, I was assessing an employment opportunity and relocating our family from Philly to Tampa.

The fact is we love it here and plan to remain here for a long time - for the following primary reasons:
- Great Weather: obvious - I know
- Nature Parks/Trails: If you ever visit places like Booker Creek Preserve, Honeymoon Island etc..., you'll feel like you’re in an enchanted place and will experience what the suncoast area was like hundreds of years ago (prior to all the poor planning/development). The natural beauty is awe inspiring.
- My Family is Happy (Overall Quality of Life): As long as my wife and 6 year old are happy - I'm content. Both of them love being outdoors and absolutely hate the cold (except for the holidays). Our weekends feel like mini vacations (biking, kayaking, trails, beaches, simply playing in the backyard...).

OK. Here is my humble opinion for those thinking of moving south. Please Please Please think long and hard about leaving the hustle/bustle, cold and "cost of living" of the NEast - if you have limited financial resources and have children. I will just say, that I would rather be struggling financially in the NEast then here 10X over.

Consider:
- Employment Opportunities and Salary
- Public Schools
- Type of Neighborhood or Apt Complex that you can afford
- Driving Need (lack of public transportation)

The obvious things (I know), but you maybe highly disappointed unless you have done all your homework. This coming from someone that was raised by a non-English speaking, single parent in Spanish Harlem/NYC.
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:51 AM
 
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Thanks for the update after your move.

Not only due to the current recession, but also due to some "warning signs" from people coming out of FL we have put our relocation on hold. Although FL has always been my goal, when we do make the move it is now not a 100% done deal. Still love the Gulf, but am going to do some research on some of the other states with Gulf access.

Hope things turn around for you....

Chattanooga Girl
Born & raised in Jersey
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:59 AM
 
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I should have been more clear - we love it here, because fortunately resources are not an issue for us. In my opinion this area is not for everyone.
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:32 AM
 
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I understand.
But for me resources are an issue, so I do appreciate the info.
Thanks
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:11 PM
 
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I have to wonder if this same thing might hold true for moving any where. Long ago now, but when we moved, I left a steady job and everything familiar. Starting over and finding my way around a new place was not easy at all.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:22 PM
 
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Now just so it's clear for everyone, can you define a minimum amount of resources you think is required (i.e., what's your cutoff)? Are we talking less than six figures, barely six figures or $150K or above? Jut trying to get a sense of what we're talking about here...
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Old 04-28-2008, 01:12 PM
 
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Hello, we're from the South Bronx and planning to relocate to Tampa or Pt St Lucie. Everything is still up in the air but we're researching daily.

What do you mean by Please Please Please think long and hard about leaving the hustle/bustle, cold and "cost of living" of the NEast - if you have limited financial resources and have children.?

We will have 200k to completely pay off the home, and a yearly salary of about 36k. One 12yr old child. One car.

Can you provide more detail of what your experiencing?

Thanks
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:38 PM
 
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Gosh. I think its such a personal thing. It depends on the area that you choose to live etc... Let me give you an example, I know a single Mom (2 kids and no local family) who is looking to move from NJ to the Tampa area (an apartment), does not have a job yet, little in savings and a very old car. The move would be an escape for her, but I worry things will get difficult for her, plus (this is the part that worries me) some of the areas that she might be able to afford may actually be worse for her kids (schools and violence).

The equity that you have on your home, puts you in a good place. Unless you are very certain that you will like it here or plan to stay long term, I might consider renting. You can get some great deals on home rentals. Then again - w/ cash in hand, you might be able to get a steal on a purchase. Just my opinion.
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:43 PM
 
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I'm sure Philly is not for everyone.
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:46 PM
 
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Hello, we're from the South Bronx and planning to relocate to Tampa or Pt St Lucie. Everything is still up in the air but we're researching daily.

What do you mean by Please Please Please think long and hard about leaving the hustle/bustle, cold and "cost of living" of the NEast - if you have limited financial resources and have children.?

We will have 200k to completely pay off the home, and a yearly salary of about 36k. One 12yr old child. One car.

Can you provide more detail of what your experiencing?

Thanks

I'm sorry, I don't think that would be a very wise move. 200k to completely pay off a home in Tampa? 36k a year combined?

Please read many of the posts on this forum... thoroughly.
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