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Is there a site that shows the least expensive areas to buy in Florida?...?

Asked by Anne, Mon Jun 30, 2008

I would like to buy in a 55 community where I can lock up and leave my home/condo safe for the 6 months I am back in Canada. Since I don't know Florida at all, I would like to look in areas that are inexpensive since I have no preference in location. (Due to the way this site takes registration I had to list a USA city and state for it to accept my registration but I live in Canada).

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Consider St Augustine and North East Florida. We have had only 1 hurricane in the last 100 years. Prices are lower than South Florida, traffic is not bad and we are still close to Disney for the grandchildren.

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I must agree with Phil & Shonda. Be sure to include Jacksonville & St. Augustine in your cities for consideration. Here is some additional data about Jacksonville & Northeast Fl:

The ACCRA index also indicates that housing is 86.7% and utilities is 80.8% of the National average

Hurricane probability is less than 1% in Northeast Florida (scroll down to see the map)

Homeowners and Condo insurance is generally lower than South & Central FL

Excellent Healthcare. Jacksonville is the Southeast Home for the Mayo Clinic

If you're into Golf, there are more than 50 golf courses in jacksonville & the surrounding area

Jacksonville & St. Augustine offers beautiful terrain ranging from the sand dunes & palm trees of our Ocean communities to the feel & charm of the Old South with century old oaks ,spanish moss, rivers & creeks

Northeast Floirda has a slightly cooler climate than Central & South Florida.

There is an International Airport in Jacksonville and a smaller airport in St. Augustine that services commuter flights to many cities.

If I can assist in anyway please feel free to ask.
Web Reference: http://www.cathysloan.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 2, 2008
Nearly every county you search you will find a million dollar home and a trailer park. Visit http://www.floridamlshub.com/ to search the Floirda MLS for all the realtors listings directly from Florida realtors. And if your looking for a primary home FHA is the eaziest loan for anyone to qualify for that does not have 20% downpayment.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 8, 2008

The most famous place today for what you are looking for is "The Villages". If you ever watch golf on TV I bet you saw their ad! It is North West of Orlando near Leesburg. Just put "The Villages" in Google to get info.
Also use Ocala, Gainesville, Lake Eustis, Mt. Dora to search. As a general rule, the further from the coast and the further North, the less it cost to live in Florida.

I would be amiss if I didn't tell you about St. Petersburg and Pinellas County. Miami and St. Pete have been retirement communities since the 1920's. We have great values here. Let me tell you about Sun City!

Good luck with your new adventure!

Ines Alvarez
Prudential Tropical Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
Hi Anne,

I am Canadian too and would love to help you. I think that you will get much better advice if you rephrase your question by asking about what you can buy in a given area if you can only spend so much money.

I live in Sarasota FL and I can assure you that there are tons of Canadians here who live in properties ranging from below $100,000 all the way to multi million dollar homes. I invite you to visit my website at http;//www.thebestofsarasota.com where you will find tons of great information on this wonderful place we all call paradise. If you tell me a bit about what you are looking for, I will more than happy to help a fellow Canadian.

Warmest regards


Michel Bergier
Recipient of Sarasota Magazine 2008 5 STAR: Best in Customer Satisfaction Award
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 15, 2008
The American Chamber of Commerce Research Association Cost of Living Index identified Jacksonville as the city with the lowest cost of living among Florida’s five major metropolitan areas and lower than any major metropolitan area in the Southeast. With a 92.2 ACCRA Cost of Living rating, Jacksonville’s cost of living index is nearly 10 points below the national average.

To read more about Jacksonville and NorthEast Florida check out my website and click on discover North east Florida @http://www.prudentialnetworkrealty.com/agent.aspx?id=34733

Shonda Sauls, REALTOR®
Prudential Network Realty
(904) 260-4300 #625
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 1, 2008
Mam I have just the home and location your looking for . Safe and secure neighborhood several police officers live in this neighborhood. Twelve minutes from beach , two minutes from Bells River, twenty minutes from international airport. Priced well below purchased price. You can see this home at homesandland.com the MLS is 46277. For more information please call 904-261-4159.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
Hi Anne
There are many inexpensive areas to buy in Florida and some of the least expensive areas are the ones that experienced the most appreciation in the boom. You should look into Volusia, Seminole and Orange County. These counties are near the beach and within 1 hour to Disney and other theme parks. Since you are not going to occupy the property for 6 months out of the year, you should look into maintenance free, gated communities. I have included a link to the State of Florida's list of 55+ communities but not all are gated or maintenance- free. If you have any questions feel free to contact me if you have any questions and Good Luck!
Angela Pitre-Reddy, Realtor
Senez Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
Thank you all for your time and answers. Much appreciated!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
Go to a local agent in the area you want to buy then work as a team to accomplish your goals..... http://www.lynn911.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
Panama City Beach in Northwest Florida is a very popular vacation and retirement area. We offer beautiful white sand beaches directly on the Gulf of Mexico. With our new international airport scheduled to open in 2010, travel to the area will become direct and affordable, opening us up to the world!

We are currently experiencing a very strong buyers market so your money goes a long way towards wealth building investments. This market, combined with the tremendous benefits of the new int’l airport, brings predictions of good value and profitable appreciation on purchases made in the current market.

PCB offers Gulf-front condos and townhomes, beach cottages, detached single-family homes, golf communities, retirement neighborhoods and wooded inland environments. There are also exciting new developments that will change the landscape of this region forever - there will be something for everyone from the new Oceanside Pier Park entertainment center to Wild Kingdom Animal Park to fishing at the new Pier and boardwalk! And, much more is on the horizon – we are hoping to be a stop for the Disney cruise ships. We have a lot to offer everyone!

CLICK the link below to read and learn about Panama City Beach, Florida, USA.

Search all properties that are for sale in PCB and surrounding areas here: http://www.coastal-lifestyles.com

Please let me know how Keller Williams Success Realty and I can be of further assistance.

Kirsten McAndrew, Realtor
Keller Williams Success Realty
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413
Web Reference: http://www.pcbeach.org
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008
North Port is a great place to start. You can get a newer, 3/2/2, with around 2000 sq ft for $130K and up. There are some great foreclosure deals right now. North Port is about 25 minutes from the beach. We can send you list of foreclosures if your interested in this area.

If you visit our website we have pictures and information on all the areas in SW Florida.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2008

Not that we are aware of. However, you can be assured property situated in the interior portion of Florida will be less expensive.

Generally speaking, near the coastal areas the property a few miles inland will be less expensive.

We recommend a visit to Florida to become more familiar with what it has to offer. We would suggest looking along the southwest coast- Sarasota, Venice, North Port. There are some wonderful opportunities in North Port currently. 3/2/2 pool newer construction (2002-2008) approx. 1,800 sq. feet priced under $190,000. Brand new condo located in Venice, 2/2/1 with a den, 2 miles from the beaches, granite, etc. etc. priced $194,000.

We would be happy to send you copies of these and other properties so you could get a feel for what Southwest Florida has to offer.

Good luck,
The "Eckler Team"
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