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Old 04-30-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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Hello fellow members, I am now really thinking of moving to a little warmer place. I hope it will be better for a people with Allergy symptoms as cold weather makes it worse.

My colleagues have suggested Tampa as a nice place with decent cost of living. After living near Boston for several years I know the towns around this comparative well and that is the reason I did not move for a few years. Also I have a condo here, probably I will put that rent, but that is for later part.

Tampa will be a totally new place for me, I am trying to talk to friends to know a little bit more. Also I have two kids (3.5 and 1 year old) so will be looking for town with decent schools.

I and wife both work in software so hope to get a job at least for one of us initially but not sure how is Job market in Tampa.

Any suggestion would be much appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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My colleagues have suggested Tampa as a nice place with decent cost of living.

I and wife both work in software so hope to get a job at least for one of us initially but not sure how is Job market in Tampa.
Cost of living is getting expensive in Tampa..new homes are going for about $400K

IMO, don't move without a job offer on hand.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Toledo, OH
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I have no idea where the 400K come from. But do agree it is best to move with some kind of job lined up.

You can search and find 100's of houses in very nice areas around Tampa for 180K to 240K (including brand new ones). If you don't mind a drive, you can find new homes for 150K to 200K it outlying areas.

We are not really known for the Tech Sector, but I know a few people that work in the IT field. Would recommend a Head Hunter of sorts for both you and the wife. They can do some digging down here and maybe find something.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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400k? Uh, maybe if you're looking at 3500 sq. ft. on half an acre with a granite driveway.

Real estate prices have been going up lately. Personally, I think it's a mini bubble based entirely on speculation and cannot sustain itself, but that's neither here nor there. However, you can still find homes for far less than 400k. Brand new 2500 sq. ft. homes can be had for 225.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:27 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Hello fellow members, I am now really thinking of moving to a little warmer place. I hope it will be better for a people with Allergy symptoms as cold weather makes it worse.

My colleagues have suggested Tampa as a nice place with decent cost of living. After living near Boston for several years I know the towns around this comparative well and that is the reason I did not move for a few years. Also I have a condo here, probably I will put that rent, but that is for later part.

Tampa will be a totally new place for me, I am trying to talk to friends to know a little bit more. Also I have two kids (3.5 and 1 year old) so will be looking for town with decent schools.

I and wife both work in software so hope to get a job at least for one of us initially but not sure how is Job market in Tampa.

Any suggestion would be much appreciated.

Thank you!
What I have found here is BIG differences in pricing. Nice homes, nice areas are not as cheap as some people think. Basic homes further out are a bargain. It's up to each person to decide what is best for them.

We have found the savings in taxes here to FAR outweigh local and state specific fees and costs. We are way ahead here.

I am all in favor of taking calculated and educated chances in life.........BUT having young children changes ones priorities and responsibilities. I would agree, only IMO, that in a situation like that, one should try to have a job prior to moving. Again, JMO and YMMV!

Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor and Dunedin are all great places for living and bringing up children....IMO. I am sure there are others as well.

Best of luck.
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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$400k would put you above the average price in most of the suburban areas.

As someone who is employed in IT as well as the spouse, I would warn you that the salaries in Florida are probably 65%-80% of what you are making now. There are jobs, but I would caution anyone about coming here without a job in place.

Lots of contract work with employers like KForce, but do realize that these are not permanent.

Employ the services of a good headhunter and let them do the dirty work for you.

There are those who might argue this, but knowing Boston very well, this area is culturally lacking compared to Boston. There are areas around us that are good, such as Sarasota, so it's not a wasteland by any sense of the word. You just don't have the depth that the Boston area offers, that's all.

RM (who knows where "Wooster" and "Glouster" are)
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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$400k would put you above the average price in most of the suburban areas.

As someone who is employed in IT as well as the spouse, I would warn you that the salaries in Florida are probably 65%-80% of what you are making now. There are jobs, but I would caution anyone about coming here without a job in place.

Lots of contract work with employers like KForce, but do realize that these are not permanent.

Employ the services of a good headhunter and let them do the dirty work for you.

There are those who might argue this, but knowing Boston very well, this area is culturally lacking compared to Boston. There are areas around us that are good, such as Sarasota, so it's not a wasteland by any sense of the word. You just don't have the depth that the Boston area offers, that's all.

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RM (who knows where "Wooster" and "Glouster" are)
It's 'Wistah' and Glawstah' lol Worcester native
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:48 PM
 
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depending where you want to be and your job tampa was cheap then went high then cheap again however
now homes are selling real fast as the investors are buying with cash to flip. As was stated the pay here is
not very high and best to have a job first. many young families seem to like the New Tampa are where lots of
building did take place in the housing boom.
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