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Old 05-30-2007, 08:58 AM
 
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Hello All,

I currently live in the Metro West Area in Massachusetts. My wife's whole family is moving to Jupiter Florida within the next few months.

That means we are eventually heading south. I am excited about moving. I have grown increasingly frustrated by what $250K can buy you up here. When I look at Tequesta and you can get a whole lot more.

My one concern is a Job.

Currently I am a Filemaker Database developer and A Mac IT guy. Is there much of a need for an IT guy in this area?

My in-laws say I will have no problem finding something, but I am not so sure.

Any help, advice?

Thanks,

-Justin
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Old 05-30-2007, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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We have an IT company and live and work in Broward County. No matter what anyone says, you need to craft your resume and start your job search. If you have a formal degree and proven skill set you should have no problem. If you are in business for yourself, then it may take a while.

As I tell anyone in a similar position, you need to really start checking and looking at the job boards. Also, if you are a MAC person, check out the user groups and start making yourself known. Hope this helps. Good luck to you.
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:33 PM
 
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Jupiter and West Palm Beach are like two different worlds. West Palm Beach is run down and old looking with crime rates through the roof while the vast majority of Jupiter is modern and nice looking, and safe.
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:14 PM
 
Location: SD
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Jupiter and West Palm Beach are like two different worlds. West Palm Beach is run down and old looking with crime rates through the roof while the vast majority of Jupiter is modern and nice looking, and safe.
Not all of WPB is rundown and old looking. There are very nice areas in WPB but there are also not so nice areas. Every time I see your posts, PBCboy, you are extremely negative about WPB. I lived there for twelve years and have watched the huge changes in the city. I was so sad when I had to move away. Between my husband and myself, we've lived off every exit of I-95 and we absolutely love downtown WPB, Palm Beach Gardens, Juno, Jupiter. Tequesta is a great small town with some delicious whole in the wall cafes. Keep in mind, many of homes in Tequesta are older and usually need work. Also, there aren't a ton of "young" (under 40) population living there either. Boynton and Delray Beach east of 95 are really starting to evolve too. Start your job search with plenty of time. Just remember, Palm Beach County is huge and you never know where your job will be. I lived in Jupiter and worked in south PBC and it took me 50 minutes each way--the commute got to be a pain.
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:59 PM
 
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WPb has really boomed over the past 5 years. I think the place looks great. There are some really nice neighborhoods in WPB. Crime has been higher over the past 2 years but it has risen in many places. Many cities from south PBC (Boca) to Northern Palm Beach County have boomed and development is more dense and city-like.
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Old 05-30-2007, 05:56 PM
 
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Unless your inlaws are in the IT biz I wouldn't rely on what they say--I would go on Dice or Monster and do a search for your skillset, that's what I'm doing....

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Hello All,

I currently live in the Metro West Area in Massachusetts. My wife's whole family is moving to Jupiter Florida within the next few months.

That means we are eventually heading south. I am excited about moving. I have grown increasingly frustrated by what $250K can buy you up here. When I look at Tequesta and you can get a whole lot more.

My one concern is a Job.

Currently I am a Filemaker Database developer and A Mac IT guy. Is there much of a need for an IT guy in this area?

My in-laws say I will have no problem finding something, but I am not so sure.

Any help, advice?

Thanks,

-Justin
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Old 05-30-2007, 06:22 PM
 
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Nothing to ad but support .......
We are moving to Juno from Vermont in June due to
a family situation. Im not a 'Florida' type person and am
absolutely terrified. NE and FLA are diametricly opposed in everything !
Good luck in your move
Im taking some real estate courses to augment my computer/printing
stuff........
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Old 05-30-2007, 07:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the help. This is still in the planning stages. We will be down there soon to run some recon.

Please keep the recommendations coming.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:59 PM
 
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My recommedation is not to buy until the market settles. Rent first and make sure you really like South Florida.

Good Luck
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale
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i would recommend Delray beach since is much central to most of Palm Beach and Broward county.. Not to mention there are TONS of IT jobs in Boca which is just 10 - 15 mins from almost everywhere in Delray. If you want something a little more affordable Boynton has a lot homes for sale/rent at fairly decent prices... fell free to PM me if you have any questions..
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