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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ

If you were going to buy a second home, would you choose Florida, North Carolina or Tennessee?

Asked by Deborah Madey, Red Bank, NJ Mon Jul 16, 2007

Assume you could only choose between these three states, since these are the only ones under consideration.

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I have homes in both N Carolina and Florida. I like the climate much more in NC, a change of seasons and much more comfortable temps, There are such diverse things to do having both beaches and mountains. I like FL for visiting, especially in winter and spring.I feel that it has become way to expensive and overcrowded. After enduring numerous hurricanes, I dont want to go through that again.We also considered TN, I think TN will be a great investment for the future, after most of FL continues to move to NC and it becomes crowded as well
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 17, 2007
I think it all depends on which recreational pursuits you are into. Florida would be great for people that enjoy the beach and/or Disney.
Tennessee would be awesome for those that love country music and mountians.
North Carolina would be appeal to those that are into history as well as beautiful beaches.
As for me I'll take one of each please!!! Actually, personally since I still have kids at home FL would be my pick IF I had to choose one!

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3 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 16, 2007
Well...looks like like I'm going to have to weigh in for the Tennesseans here! Tennessee is an amazing investment and great place to live. Kiplinger's named Nashville the best place to live in 2006. We're seeing an amazing market with impressive appreciation. 1 hour east of Nashville is a gorgeous, affordable community called Center Hill Lake. I actually own "second" property out there.

If you want a more urban feel with some good investment possibilities, you can't overlook Nashville's changing downtown. One of the most intriguing urban developments is an old hospital conversion which overlooks the Cumberland and our skyline called "Rolling Mill Hill."

Your benefits with Tennessee (especially Nashville) investment are (1) affordable prices to give you the most for your $$$ (2) geographic diversity whether it be lakes, mountains or city living for you to enjoy yourself to the fullest and (3) a healthy market which means your investment has a good chance of looking better $$$ over the years!

In summary, Deborah, you know a good CRS in Tennessee...why look any you love me :) I enjoyed meeting you in Cleveland so much!!! Come to Nashville, hon! Good luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 29, 2007
My first choice would be North Carolina, then Tennessee and then Florida. Of course, I would really prefer a second home on one of Michigan's great lakes, but that is against your rules.
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Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
I must admit that I am bias, because I am a native North Carolinian. North Carolina has a beautiful coast with many interesting beachs and lots of history to go with it. The Outer Banks are known for their beauty as well as Kitty Hawk and "The Lost Colony. But its not just the coast. North Carolina has the Smokey Mountains with its attractions. The Blue Ridge Parkway, historic Asheville, Biltmore Estates, and many other points of interest. The best part is you can live in the Piedmont , and be on the coast or in the mountains in just a few hours. None of the other states mentioned can offer this .
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 17, 2007
florida all the way. its the best prices in the country
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 8, 2010
I would have to take taxes and quality of life into consideration. Central Florida would be my choice.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 8, 2010
Florida!!!!! Cheap, still popular, easy to get to, and as long as they continue to make sun and water, I'm there!!
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Thks all! Maureen, I loved your response about Michigan's lakes. Our common Jersey pattern has been to head south to FL and NC, recently TN keeps coming up more and more.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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