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Old 07-18-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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The forum has been helpful and now I have encountered another roadblock to moving to South Florida from New Orleans. My wife and I are 67 years old and want to move closer to family in FT.Lauderdale but we doubt we can afford to live a close as we would like so we are considering Port St. Lucie. Now we are wondering if we should buy a house at all or stay in a condo or rent. I know this is a personal decision but we have only been a homeowner and want to make sure we are not missing the obvious that as we age taking care of a house becomes increasingly difficult. If we buy and then realize we made a mistake I am assuming we cannot sell the house for the same reason we got a deal when we bought it- housing prices are depressed. We are both healthy but one never knows. I have only heard of condo nightmares and would like to get some good advice.

Sidney

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:43 PM
 
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Always best to rent for 6 months to a year..or more..before you decide to buy..ANYWHERE.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Sidney, many of the condo communities that are 55+, or even those that are not, seem to be run by ..."condo commandos" who have nothing else to do but watch and see what YOU do, or don't do.

Being retired has its benefits, but keeping busy does too!

Sometimes it's better to be in an area that is still mixed in ages, but that is up to you

A small house in a maintained community where you have little to actually maintain may be what you are looking or after all.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Thank you, we will be down to FTL on or before the 16 of August, maybe we can look at a few houses. You sent me a list of houses in PSL and I appreciate it. Do you venture closer to FTL? are there houses available with rental units that would supplement my income?
Sid in New Orleans
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Thank you, we will be down to FTL on or before the 16 of August, maybe we can look at a few houses. You sent me a list of houses in PSL and I appreciate it. Do you venture closer to FTL? are there houses available with rental units that would supplement my income?
Sid in New Orleans
Sidney, Ft Lauderdale is a bit too far for me to venture down there, but I can turn you over to one of my colleagues to help you in that area. How far down do you want to go?
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Rent vs Buying In Port St Lucie

Just made a trip to the area from New Orleans, we drove. My mind goes to the Canterbury Tales novel because we met several nice people on the road over and their initial comments in favor of renting as compared to owning has made me reconsider buying. Not everyone's situation can be compared however we are retired senior citizens wanting to relocate near our children in Fort Lauderdale but need someplace more affordable and many including my son who lives in FTL recommend Port St. Lucie. All along I was figuring on a house and more recently a house in a community like Sawgrass But now I need to rethink and reexamine. I have just sold our house here in New Orleans and here I was the Chief Cook and Bottle washer when it came to the house and with the house being 106 years old there was lots to do plus the lawn, and landscape. Now I am free !!! and not sure if I want to do this all over again.
It has been recommended that I rent on a golf course because of the view and lack of mosquitoes and it puts me away from the water.
I would appreciate any feed back. We do want to rent initially for 6 mos to a year if we can find something for 6 months but after that I am not sure. What are the thoughts of the forum. What should I consider?
Sid
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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I would appreciate any feed back. We do want to rent initially for 6 mos to a year if we can find something for 6 months but after that I am not sure. What are the thoughts of the forum. What should I consider?
Sid
If I were you, I would rent first and visit different places and make some friends. Then decide what to do. No hurry to buy.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Yes, I was just getting panicky. We would like to rent a house to see how it goes. I am told it must be a year but I was hoping for 6 months. I do not think it would take too long to find a house. Any leads please let me know.
Sid
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Sid, a year goes by VERY QUICKLY...as you know by now. We feel like we got here last week, and it has been 4 months now. No way would I have any desire to pack this crap up and move again. Not for awhile. Sign a year lease and get to know the area.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I was thinking what if we find a house we love but are in a rental. Plus being retired and not working I think I may go nuts just sitting around. I am so used to gardening, fishing and working on the house, cutting grass etc that I can't imagine what I would do with the time.
Thank you for helping me work thru this.

Sid
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