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Old 12-08-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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Half of my family live in Florida and every year around holiday time I toy with the idea of moving there. I really like Saratoga Springs though miss the comfort of family. Anyone out there move to Florida and then back to NY?
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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There have been several threads regarding moving (SC/NC/FL) and moving back. I don't know statistics, but many move back to NY for various reasons (low salaries, COL isn't the bargain it is made out to be, can't stand the heat and humidity, bugs, snakes, food, etc.) Being close to family can have positives AND negatives.

Best advice I've found is to visit during the worst time of the year, climate wise, and live like a local versus a tourist, before you make the decision.
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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There have been several threads regarding moving (SC/NC/FL) and moving back. I don't know statistics, but many move back to NY for various reasons (low salaries, COL isn't the bargain it is made out to be, can't stand the heat and humidity, bugs, snakes, food, etc.) Being close to family can have positives AND negatives.

Best advice I've found is to visit during the worst time of the year, climate wise, and live like a local versus a tourist, before you make the decision.
Great advise! Yes, spend the month of July in FL. At least in Saratoga you can wear a coat to keep warm. In FL, unless you don't mind being inside in the AC from May to September, there's not much you can do.
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Old 12-15-2010, 06:04 PM
 
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Most "bounce back" retiree's I'm aware of end up in places like western North Carolina.
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:54 PM
 
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When I retired to Florida I thought it was going to be just like the vacations I spent there.
After six months I knew I made a mistake. It took another 18 months to finally move back to N.Y..
You've heard about the heat, humidity, etc., but let me add boredom to the list.
Sunshine can only go so far. :-)
I'm fortunate to have made it back and even though it was an expensive lesson, believe me, I learned it.
I haven't complained about the cold weather or the snow. I'm just so happy to be back and it's been three years now.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:19 AM
 
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Most "bounce back" retiree's I'm aware of end up in places like western North Carolina.
I have heard from friends that moved to Carolinas that financially it isn't the BIG bargain they expected, as although property taxes are less, many other expenses are actually more. One friend claims it is more expensive than NY.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:20 AM
 
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When I retired to Florida I thought it was going to be just like the vacations I spent there.
After six months I knew I made a mistake. It took another 18 months to finally move back to N.Y..
You've heard about the heat, humidity, etc., but let me add boredom to the list.
Sunshine can only go so far. :-)
I'm fortunate to have made it back and even though it was an expensive lesson, believe me, I learned it.
I haven't complained about the cold weather or the snow. I'm just so happy to be back and it's been three years now.
Many retirees are so focused on weather and taxes they don't look at what they would do once they got there!
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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I have heard from friends that moved to Carolinas that financially it isn't the BIG bargain they expected, as although property taxes are less, many other expenses are actually more. One friend claims it is more expensive than NY.
I've heard that as well and even on city-data, when you compare some cities like syracuse vs. Greensboro, the cost of living is the same. So, there is more to consider than just taxes and weather. Here's an interesting list I found about military retirees: https://www.usaa.com/inet/ent_utils/...URL_bestplaces
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I have heard from friends that moved to Carolinas that financially it isn't the BIG bargain they expected, as although property taxes are less, many other expenses are actually more. One friend claims it is more expensive than NY.
I wasn't addressing the money aspect... which you've reported on well enough. The earlier wave of retiree's and not a few Trustafarian types (near Ashevile) have contributed to inflation in those bigger cities.

Regarding taxes... the rinky-dink nickle and diming of small town life seems to happen both in the south and in the north.
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re the previous post:
I was intending rather to address the COMPROMISE regarding weather and actually having a life outside of a air conditioned concrete bunker for the nicer (7-9?) months out of the year.

I'm still kicking around compromise ideas for my own retirement.
The one thing I've learned is that there is NO one perfect place.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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I have been living in Fl since 1992 and I am looking for options in other states (thinking of Co or Ny; it is hot most of the year here, and I find it very uninspiring (boring) here. There is not that much to do here unless you're into fishing, which I am not.
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