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Old 05-19-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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I'm almost sure I would like Florida better and that was the only place I was considering to move but relatives and friends are now telling me that North Carolina is the big place that everyone is moving to and that I should move to Raleigh Durham instead of FL. Any opinions are welcome.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:06 PM
 
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Depends on how much money you would like to spend on taxes and insurance. For example I live in Coral Springs Fl and I am going to NC in a few weeks because of those two items. Insurance is $6000. per year and my taxes are $5800. on a house that is worth about $450k. My 2 cars are $3300. a year. Alot of money I think. We have been here since 94 but I think it's time to move on,it's either move back to Connecticut which isn't much better and way to cold for our bones now. Hope I have helped. I am not in this board often mostly on the raleigh durham column finding about my needed info before we go to look in the cary,apex area,seems nice there
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:24 PM
 
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I agree. If I could afford to get out of Florida, I would. (can't sell right now...) I am planning a trip to NC next year to check it out. If I like it, I'll find a way out of here, somewhow....
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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I'd choose NC. Taxes/insurance are really high, most of the state is hurricane prone, and I personally like the 4-season climate here in NC. We love visiting FL, but wouldn't want to live there.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Do you have a specific Florida location in mind? Florida's a big state, and the differences are immense between, say, Miami and Gainesville, or Fort Myers and Jacksonville. Research whatever Florida area you're interested in, and then compare it with Raleigh-Durham.

I recommend looking at the Florida board -- it's certainly entertaining reading. While the dialogue is often somewhat juvenile, the postings generally do a good job of spelling out the good, bad and ugly about the state. There are a LOT of people leaving Florida for North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee (though a handful of folks really miss it here and wind up coming back).
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Run, don't walk, away from Florida--especially the West Coast south of Tampa. Very snobby people and the working class people can't afford to buy a house or even a condo. Taxes are high, insurance is very high even if you can find some available. Also, lots of illegal aliens working in jobs making pay scale very low for most jobs. And the weather is unbearable in the summer and we are in the middle of a long-term drought (and only the rich can afford or have the nerve to overwater and have nice looking lawns). Also, there are fires all over the state spreading smoke from coast to coast.
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:24 PM
 
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Well...what is it you were hoping to find in FL? Is it the beaches which attracted you? If you're a beach person, then moving to the Triangle does not seem like an obvious alternative. First figure out why you were thinking about FL, and then think about whether that is in the Triangle...

I would certainly not care what my relatives or anyone else thought--this is about what YOU want. Some people love the moutains, some hate them. Some love the idea of living near the beach, some hate it....I mean, they can move wherever they want, but what is it that YOU are looking for.

I really like this area, but honestly I would not retire here from elsewhere...that said, it's not about me, it's about you.
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Old 05-20-2007, 06:21 PM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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I'm almost sure I would like Florida better and that was the only place I was considering to move but relatives and friends are now telling me that North Carolina is the big place that everyone is moving to and that I should move to Raleigh Durham instead of FL. Any opinions are welcome.

Well, I am not sure, if Fl would be your thing at this moment in time.
FL has A LOT of issues right now, and it all involves making or breaking people right now down there. (I am a FL "survivor", and just moved back up north may 6th )
My husband and I were both working, but not making ends meet. I mean, when we moved down in 2003/2004, it was good, and somewhat more afforable. Then we got hit with 2 hurricanes, back to back, and all hell broke lose. After that, we were barely able to afford the taxes and home owners insurance anymore!
Sure, houses right now are dirt cheap down there....but the taxes and HOI will break your neck!
We also looked into NC, but, prices there went up as well, and you'll hardly find any locals anymore, since it is just about overrun by people from FL (from the south), and people moving there from the north like NY, NJ.........
So, needless to say, are the locals not really happy about what's been happening, and the attitutes they got to deal with from people thinking, that they are so much better.....
But, I guess, NC people have patience in their blood...lol
Ultimately, the choice is yours....just don't be so naive like I was, and do as much research as you possibly can!
Good luck to you, where ever the wind blows you to.....lol

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Old 05-20-2007, 09:01 PM
 
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Smile NC or Fl

Hi Northeast,
You don't say where in the NE you are moving from? I live in Florida and after 8 1/2 years want out. It is like anyplace else, it has good and bad. I will tell you that it is difficult to find employment and you better have a guaranteed income if you come here. It is definately a buyer's market and in a lot of communities the prices of homes are dropping like flies. Also there is a real problem with taxes and homeowner's insurance if you can get it. They are taxing homes at NY rates on a Fla salary which is less than 1/3 of what you are probably making in the NE if you are still working. The first year or so will be like a big vacation. The things that I don't like about are that you have no concept of time, it is green mostly all year long. After a while the heat wears on you. It is weird at Christmas time for it to be 90 degrees. True you can go to the beach and forget about the holiday if you wish. Also depending on where you go and if you have an "accent" you may have to listen to remarks about the "Yankee" thing. Yes, it still goes on which is totally crazy and annoying. I recently made a trip to NC and don't know enough about it to tell you if it is better. From what I can see the housing is more affordable and the taxes are less. You should probably just stay where you are and vacation in Florida or North Carolina. Good Luck.

Fallgirl
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:09 PM
 
Location: NC
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Moved from Florida, and now live in triangle, clayton.
It's true it depends on where in FL you were thinking, and where you are coming from.
FL is busy, and HOT! extremely hot, I don't care what anyone tells you, you walk outside and start sweating 10 months out of the year.
NC is HOT for 2 months out of the year, pretty stinkin warm for another 3, pleasant for 5 more and COLD for 2.
Let us know the specifics and then we can be more specific in answering, and never base your decision on where everyone else is going. Make your own mind up, but, for the record I choose NC hands down, especially for someone coming from the North East.
(NC has beaches too.) and the coast here is much cheaper than FL.
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