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Old 03-29-2011, 06:17 PM
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Thinking about making the move from Canada to south Florida...what does everyone love and hate about south florida...any house renting suggestions...can you buy a home without american credit? What would average monthly costs be minus the rent, because its different depending on the home...we'd love to know approx. electricity, insurance (renters and owners), etc. Thanks all!

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Old 04-02-2011, 06:09 PM
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What most people like/dislike about South FL:

1. The weather
2. The traffic
3. The diversity

1. The weather
2. The traffic
3. The diversity
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:33 PM
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Like: no, make that "love" the weather 5mos/year

Dislike: the weather 7mos a year including the hurricane media frenzy every time a tropical depression forms on the west coast of Africa
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:21 PM
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I actually like the extreme summer weather. Even though the humidity really is a pain and the heat is exhausting if you're an outdoors person, I just love it. I don't know why. The only part that really annoys me is when I wanna go out at night with friends and I'm freshly showered and shaved, in nice clothes to go out. Then the second you step outside you immediately start sweating to death.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:13 AM
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Someone forgot the CRIME problem.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:32 AM
Location: Coral Springs
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My likes list: Sunshine, Free beaches, Flowers/Green all year round, Really good fruit in Winter esp strawberries, Single stream recycling (no more hours of tying up boxes/papers), Relaxed attitude- beach & casual wear accepted most places, Parks are plentiful, Generally lots to do/see/explore.
Dislikes: Newspapers not as good, fewer book stores, lack of arts in public school, everyone has a gun (overall makes me nervous), still miss Trader Joes & my old butcher.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by michael near Athens View Post
Someone forgot the CRIME problem.

Ive lived here for 23 years and I have never been a victim of crime. In certain areas, it is a problem - similar to all major cities. Before, I lived in NYC, also never a victim of crime. Stay out of unsafe areas, and you should be okay.

Likes: I like boating. I like the weather in the winter. I like the restaurants downtown. I like the beach. I'm going to start fishing soon - Im sure I will like that too.

Dislikes: the weather in the summer - mostly the humidity, the price of homeowner's insurance (around $3K - triple anywhere else in the country), the bugs, the lack of opportunities for the unemployed - we officially have a 12% rate - I suspect it's around 40% when you consider the people who no longer are eligible to collect unemployment, or who no longer bother to look for work (myself included), or those who are retired, or the young people who have never worked and can't get a job. I heard an amazing statistic - only 20% of the 2010 college graduates got jobs - and that's nationwide - I'm sure it's much higher here. And, it's always worse for high school graduates and drop-outs - especially minorities.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:17 AM
Location: Hillsboro Beach
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I do like: Wheather ( more specific the temperatures from Nov thru April )
Beaches ( Florida is the only huge tropical-subtropical beach in first World country )
Diversity of style-living
Night life only in safe areas
Mediterranean architecture design homes built in the 1920's-1940's
Art Deco and Design district in Miami and Miami Beach.
Coral Gables, Miami Shores, some sections of Miami Beach, Rio Vista, Coral Ridge,
Loxahatchee Beach in Manalapan, East Delray Beach by George Bush boulevard, Palm Beach
island, Hutchinson island, Juno Beach area, Naples, Fernandina Beach, Saint Agustine and
Saint Augustine Beach, Siesta Key.
Vizcaya Palace, Freedom Tower, Miracle Mile, Granada Boulevard, Venetian Pool, Brickell
historic district homes, El Cid homes in WPB, Fort Lauderdale intern. airport, Las Olas Blvd,
Galleria Mall, Town Center Mall, Gateway cinema, Sunrise cinema, Paradiso cinema,
Fort Pierce antique shops, Watson island fishery restaurant, Ritz Carlton Manalapan,
The Brakers, Coconut Groove Bay hotel, Apogee building.

Dislike: Driving my racing car when "snowbirds" are in town, specially those whose car's tags says
"Je me souviens" ( they drive soooo slow )
Customer service in general.
Valet parking service ( they do not give a damm about your car)
Public school system and its school board regime controlled by uneducated and
uncompetent people.
Hospitals and clinics with extremely few exceptions.
I-95 expressway.
Superslow drivers in general.
Idiots on their cell phones when driving specially on expressways ( when not texting )
Miami intrnl airport.
Guettos in general.
Politicians and their third World country style's campaigns specially in S. Florida.
Attorneys while in duty in Court with pony tales and wearing tennis shoes/sneakers.
Prejudice red-necky narrow-minded people.
People with obvious lack of elegant demeanor and rude approaching even when having a
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:18 PM
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I am originally from Canada, and lived for many years in South Florida, and I am so HAPPY that I got OUT ! ! !
The worst thing is the RUDENESS of the people. It is NOT the friendly "south". In fact where I was (Broward) the majority of people were RUDE New Yorkers, who are quick to tell you how they did everything properly up there and how we are all idiots to them. Look for an episode that shows where Seinfeld's parents live for an accurate depiction of the craziness and stupidity.
in many parts of South Florida they are fed up with the Quebecois, and as a result are openly hostile to all Canadians.
I think S.Fl. is expensive too, but if you are coming from Toronto, you might think the cost of living is VERY affordable, and the traffic might not even bother you.
if you like humidity, and learn a bit of Spanish, and learn to say "shalom" and "oi vey", and enjoy hearing tales of how great New York is, and you pick a safe area, and dont have to fight traffic for a commute, . . . your strong Canadian dollars might convert to a happy lifestyle. (not for me though)
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:06 PM
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I live in Sunny Isles Beach and see lots of Canadians (mainly from Quebec) around. I'm told they are mostly 'snow birds' and will soon be returning back to Canada. Perhaps it's a 'Canadian friendly' city to consider? In Sunny Isles Beach you can buy an older fixer-upper apartment for $60,000 a few blocks from the beach, or a swanky, modern apartment on the beach for millions. It depends what your budget is. I know several people who are not US citizens and have vacation homes in South Florida, so I assume that yes, you can buy without American credit, but perhaps those folks paid in full??? Take a look at ziprealty.com to have an idea of what would work for you. There's a calculator that even tells you taxes and insurance so you know what your monthly payment would be.

I would highly recommend spending a few weeks down here before relocating. And I don't mean a few weeks at a nice hotel on South Beach eating at fancy restaurants that cater to tourists. Drive out to the 'burbs and go to the post office, grocery store, bank, go run errands to get a feel for the real South Florida and it's people. Living here as a snow bird is probably lovely, but living and working here is not much fun dealing with the insane drivers and rude/mean people everywhere. No, not all of them, just 95% of them are rude. I have been here for several months on a 'test drive' and I am definitely not buying this car!

And if you plan on moving, you should brush up on your EspaƱol. It will be harder to navigate around here without it.
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