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Old 01-03-2018, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Southwest Florida
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After 26 years in this area, IMO ~ October can have a summer hangover until Halloween & I've seen NYE at 95 as well ~ 2007-2008 found temps dropping below 35 degrees from January through March ~ cold snaps from the past.... Nothing is for certain with the weather; be prepared for anything.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:53 PM
 
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You and everyone else wants to move to this area. Living here is different from being a tourist & everyone wants to live near the water. It is unbearably hot here during the summer months but outstanding from January through May but you will have to fight off drivers who have no idea how to use a blinker, change lanes or navigate round-abouts. It was 43 this morning & so don't throw away those winter clothes...Affordable is a relative term ~ 200K, 300K 400K ? Schools are not like "up north" ~ I'm from the greater Detroit area ~ my children were born & raised on Anna Maria & now in the process of finishing college. Neither SRQ or Clearwater are without crime; we just have some really insane clown crime. If you had done your research, you would see that many of your questions have been previously asked & answered. Pull yourself together, contact a realtor for assistance & get your house sold first. It may be difficult for your husband to land a city job prior to relocation, have $ set aside while job hunting. 3/2 homes in neighborhoods close to the beach that you'd want to live in are $250K and up.
I’m not sure where these “amazing schools” up north are haha. Our public school system is crap where we live. It is relatively “safe” where I live. But that’s because no one wants to leave their houses and freeze to death.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:55 PM
 
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Your timing might be good, actually. I recently saw a news story that both Sarasota and Manatee County are having trouble filling county jobs so your husband's experience might just land him a job quickly. I'm sure you can easily do an online search of both county websites for open jobs. For dance studios, there are several around here but I'm sure there's always room for more. There are plenty of kids here. I imagine getting active in the community and schools will be the best way to get known.

I don't think there's a negative bias against northern transplants. I think there's a natural resentment toward people who come here and then complain that it isn't like "up north". Or worse, come here and try to make it like up north, lol, and that is coming from a one-time transplant. As long as you adopt your new home by adapting to your new home, I think you'll be fine.
Luckily, I don’t think I’ll ever complain that wherever we end up in life isn’t like “up north”. Nowhere could be worse than where we live in my opinion! Haha
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:29 AM
 
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Bethanyhellen, this is my first time posting since I registered on this site. I am in the exact same situation as you are, reading you brought tears to my eyes mixed with the relieve that I am not the only one who feels that way. I am really hoping you get to see this message. I have lived in Grand Rapids, MI for 20 years. My parents finally made the decision to move to FL 2 years ago and they are loving it. But of course, they are in a different situation...mom is retired, empty nesters, no worries about good schools, a different phase in life. I - as you do- have many reservations about moving but that is what has kept me here for so long. I am waiting for all stars to be aligned and I realize that is never going to happen and it is only stopping/delaying any change. I have never been so contradicted and confused in life as with this topic. On one second I convinced myself that I need to just move and get it done and at the next I start to list all kinds of excuses ... (good schools, no crime where I live, tranquility, better jobs...I am sure you can relate). It is just my husband and my 9 year old son. I could work from home for the same company that I work here in MI, so that is an advantage, but my husband would have to look for a job. Please, please, if you have some insight or have heard or searched for more please pass it along. We are looking to move to the West Coast of Florida also, between Cape Coral all the way to Clearwater. Best of luck to you. I hope to hear from you.
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Old 01-06-2018, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Southwest Florida
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I’m not sure where these “amazing schools” up north are haha. Our public school system is crap where we live. It is relatively “safe” where I live. But that’s because no one wants to leave their houses and freeze to death.
Obviously, I went to school in the greater Detroit area followed by college at Michigan State. I've been in Florida since 1991 so my judgement may be irrelevant due to too much sunshine in regards to the Florida educational system. However, both my children are in college at the present moment in Finance at two major Florida Universities. Years ago, when my husband & I came to Florida for his job interviews, when it came up where I went to school, MSU would have opened the door immediately if I had an M.D. after my name, if I was in the medical field. However, to date, it's worked well for me in my own career in property management. People can complain all they want about the Florida school system but it really boils down to good teachers not necessarily the "school" which is the same anywhere.

As for the cold, well this "global warming" IMO, has kicked a$$ this past week with our temps in the Sarasota/Bradenton area with low 30's and brought snow to northern Florida. By now we all know the damage brought to the East coast from this weeks storm. Many of my friends feel it has to do with the eclipse this past fall. I'm thinking Ice Age after this week, lol. That's why I always mention to those who want to move to the sunshine state who have no experience with Florida weather ~ don't give-up your winter wardrobe ~ we just do it a little different down here with snow hats & flip flops...
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Old 01-08-2018, 06:33 PM
 
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Dear Northerners,
Please come. You will be happier. Your life will be very different, but as long as you include the ocean, often, you should be just fine. We bought here in 2008. No kids. North Sarasota. 20 minutes to Lido Beach, 6 miles. No problem. Ton of retail around and Lakewood Ranch sold over 1000 homes last year. There is a local paper, the Observer, https://www.yourobserver.com/sarasota. Good source of local information. Also, subscribe to the Herald Tribune, good way to keep in touch with what's happening. We didn't know anything about FL, nor SRQ, but my wife saw an article, we visited 2x, and that was that. Haven't looked back. (we are self-employed, can work anywhere)
As for the hot summers, that's what AC is for. It can be pretty stuffy. But I will take it over the bone chilling cold any day.
Good luck and happy home hunting!
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Just keep in mind that jobs down here don't pay very well and the cost of living is high.

One glaring example was one poster was talking about making $30 and hour as a CNA and in the SRQ area, they make minimum wage.
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Old 02-04-2018, 09:15 PM
 
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Correct. My experience has been if cost of living is low, then wages usually are as well......
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:03 PM
 
Location: The Twilight Zone
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I want to move to Florida.
Florida is warm and sunny all year long.
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Southwest Florida
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I want to move to Florida.
Florida is warm and sunny all year long.
Google Saratopia & watch "slow down snowbirds"
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