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Old 09-03-2008, 09:34 AM
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My wife and I are planning to move to the North Port area soon. Just waiting to sell some hunting property we own in Ohio. I am retired (56) and my wife is a Nurse (LPN). I have a few questions for anyone with experience living in the North Port area. We have been in the North Port area before.

First are their many job opportunities for LPN's? We have been reviewing houses with Caldwell Bankers and there appear to be an abundance of 'Florida Style' homes available in the <$150,000 range. Would a Florida Style home be a good investment? Can anyone give me the average cost of utilities (electric, water etc) for a house in the 1,600 square foot range. Are there neighborhoods you would recommend to live in and/or to avoid? We enjoy fishing, the beach and a good sports bar.

Steve and Angie
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:44 PM
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I live in North Port and my home is 2100 sq ft under air and our electric bill runs $150-$200/mo. Much of this depends on the age of the home. Usually the newer the home the more energy efficient the home will be.

As far as water goes, almost all of North Port is on well and septic. We have someone come out and add salt to our well every month and it costs us $35/mo., if you did it yourself it would just be the cost of the salt. Every six months the water people come out and change the filters on the reverse osmosis under the sink and scrub the main well tank out. This runs around $100. That's really our only expense for the well, unless something breaks down.

OK, neighborhoods...it depends a lot on what you prefer. If you prefer to be more out in the woods and not have neighbors right next to you I would suggest you look in the areas around Toledo Blade Blvd and East Price Blvd. The homes are more spread out. The area around Salford Blvd has homes closer together, as a general rule.

Another thing you need to be careful of when looking at homes in North Port is there proximity to I-75. Often times you might see a really good deal on the MLS and then you get there and you have a major highway in your backyard. Not good.

Also, since you are looking into buying a home you might want to look into the www.mysafefloridahome.com program if you get a wind inspection done, often times it can save you money on your home owners insurance. A few other things that insurance companies take into consideration are the age of the home, the style of the roof-generally hip is best, how close you are to a fire hydrant or natural body of water, if you have hurricane shutters or wind resistant window glass, etc.

This should get you a pretty good start
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