This state is backwards. It's a throwback to something that existed in the minds of retired Ohioans... a place that never really was. The old retirees from the North craft the laws and policies of the state. The police are nazis. The laws are backwards. And there a million of those laws... little laws about everything that you can and can't do.
The education system sucks. The state caters to retirees. What do they care about education?
There are no jobs.... not real ones. Oh there are a few here and there... but for the most part the State makes nothing. It has no real research centers outside of one or two standouts. It's entire economy focuses on people moving here to die.
They aren't making more baby boomers. The generation behind them is smaller and poorer. If population growth continues in the State it will be the wetbacks and inner tubers that take over.
In terms of real estate going up... don't bank on it. There are tens of thousands of empty million dollar homes in this state that were built by idiots for idiots. There is nowhere for prices to go but down. By the time prices do turn around the houses out there now will be 50 year old dumps.
Flight from Florida has been mainly from south east and south west coastal areas. Insurance costs are much higher due to past years hurricances. Central and Northeast and Nothwest are growing quickly. Migration from southern and coastal towards inland and north. You still cant beat the weather! Its a very opportunistic time to buy. Check out all the areas.
Yesterday, I read another article from UCF which shows growth at 1000 people a day, less than in previous years but still growing.
I really think that you should live in whatever state you think will make you the happiest though. Don't worry about what other people are doing. After all, when have the masses ever been right about anything - they voted in Bush for Chrissakes!
Florida is a big state, I've lived on both coasts for 20 years and still only seen 75% of it - maybe ....
I see Marlene is from the Destin area, which I'm just seeing because of all of the great golf in that area ..... but know is the time to do your homework, study the different area's and then come down after the Easter rush .. the traffic will be less, and the prices will be lower.
Look hard and look long - it's only "your" money you're saving.
. If you're enterprising and can start your own biz there are many opportunities, however, there are no jobs for those hard working individuals with little or no education. Also, they do not seem to care for children much here and the Doctors, most foreigned trained, are incompetent (pretty much state wide) so watch out for that too!
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Anyway- my hubby is in the military and we have to move- and are putting out home out there to lease or sell. Here is the website
Please check it out. We need to move within the next 4 months. If anyone is interested the contact info is on the site along with a description and tons of pics of this beautiful Florida home!
Sorry it didn't work out for you jergirl (Jersey Girl?), Southernshark, and Jim. We'll miss you, enjoy the snow.
Florida is a great place to call home, I have lived in Florida all my life, except I spent a year in Colorado and couldnt wait to move back to sunny, Florida. I have been in real estate for 3 years now and in my experience, Florida is still attracting many snowbirds and families from all over the country. I live in Jacksonville, FLorida ,which is NE Florida. Jacksonville is one of the largest-in land coverage, cities in Florida. It is a great place for any lifestyle and as far as hurricanes, I have lived in NE Florida all my life and have never experienced one-knock on wood. I can't say enough good things about my area and if you decide to relocate to North Florida, I would be delighted to help you with finding the home of your dreams.
Recents polls show that a high percent of people in FL are leaving now or thinking about leaving. Florida is not the EDEN that people think it is. I was born and raised in the mountains and I can not wait to get back.
FIrst of all, don't believe everything you read, because not everyone is leaving Florida. It is still one of the best places to live and at the moment, a great time to buy. Prices will increase again, and people will be kicking themselves for not buying during a down turn in the market.
There is a price to pay for living in "Paradise" and not everyone wants to pay the price. We relocated from Australia over 20 years ago and have never regretted it. I have yet to experience a snow storm,land slide or tornado, but I have contended with some heavy rain, and days of sunshine.
Spend some time here and you will understand why we wouln't live anywhere else.
You might benefit from coming to Florida, spending some time here, and determining for yourself why the state is still one of the top choices for relocation. Climate, job availability, social & cultural experiences, etc. etc. are some of the reason why more people are coming than leaving...... Quality of life here is something you can't truly appreciate until you have experienced it first hand.
Be careful who you listen to.....not everything you hear is true.
It is common for buyers to ask, "Is now a good time?" Since none of us can guarantee the future, we provide our opinons. Prices in many areas of Florida have gone down. But, even within cities and MSAs, there are strong pockets also.
The right decision depends upon the particular circumstances for the buyer. Are you looking for speculative purposes? Will this be an owner-occupied primary home? second home? How long do you plan to occupy the property?
For buyers looking to make a primary purchase of a home and occupy long term, there are some great buys. Without knowing the exact area, or your details, my advice would concur w/ Tmans. Do your homework.
It warrants time and energy to investigate if the opportunities currently presented are right for you and your situation.
According to the department of Elder affairs since 1980, Florida's population has grown an average of 873 new residents daily. Many of them being retired individuals and many people that are only here for the winter months. So while some people move out of Florida there are many many more that move here daily.
I would definitely consider looking for a new home at this time. The interest rates have come down some and there are plenty of homes choose from. Make sure you take in to consideration what you do for a living as to which area you will want to move.
There is a large number of people moving to Central Florida based on my experience. The January rush seems to have started strong. I have not only locals, but people from Georgia, New Jersey, Alabama, and even Canada contacting me about available properties. And do we have a great market for buyers, homes that werer going for $240K 18 months ago ar enow wgoing for $150K, almost new. First time buyers have nice homes starting at $120's.
Everyone who has been considering moving to Central Flroida is begining to see the time is now. I even heard of 3 contracts in one property over the weekend. We have not seen that in 2 years.