How do Florida verses Alabama taxes and cost of living, compare?? Where, in north the cheapest?

Asked by Linda, Florida Sat Mar 28, 2009

but best retiree spot to live?

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Myke Atwater, Agent, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Sat Mar 28, 2009
Hi Linda--Many people go to Alabama because its taxes are less. If you want inexpensive in north Florida, you might be looking at the northern sections of any of the panhandle counties. They are less largely due to not being so close to beach area. If you want closer to beach, but still reasonable prices, the areas around Navarre and Gulf Breeze might be good places to look. Remember that quality of life is important too, so choose not only for price but what things you want to do without going long distances, especially if the gas prices go back up. I hope this helps--if I can be of further assistance, don't hesitate to contact me.

Myke Triebold
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Gilestp, Home Buyer, Newark, OH
Sat Feb 6, 2016
I will be looking for land to retire on near Florala, Alabama.
Because it is located on the Alabama Florida state line leads me to ponder, what state is the best to retire in? Tax wise?
I need land with the more acres the better, that I can afford.
Would love riverfront property.
Any thoughts/help
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multisvc, Home Owner, Bonifay, FL
Wed Jul 30, 2014
I would disagree with FL Property taxes being lower as you get closer to the beach Bay County which is S of this area has a property tax of approx. 13.5% while Wash. and Holmes counties are 3-4% higher. FL. Sales tax is about 6.5 - 7% depending on the county, while Dothan AL. is 9%. I hope that helps.

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Jim Palmer, Agent, Chipley, FL
Wed Apr 1, 2009
Good question Linda. I work in the Washington, Holmes, and Jackson County areas. I believe that you will find great value for the dollar in these areas, and still be within a reasonable commute to cities such as Panama City, Chipley, Marianna, or Dothan Alabama. Feel free to check my website for information about this area and the ability to search not only our MLS, but other counties in Florida as well. Feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
My website
Another site with good info about the area is our Board of Realtors site at
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Harry Ashley, Agent, Palm Coast, FL
Sun Mar 29, 2009
Hi Linda,

If price and quality of life are your main factors, I would suggest that you consider Palm Coast in NE Florida, online search at:


Harry Ashley
Broker Associate
Hawk Beach Realty
2 Jungle Hut Rd,
Palm Coast, Fl, 32137
Cell: (386)-931-6054
Fax: (866)-793-2579
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Lisa Menton, Agent, St Augustine, FL
Sun Mar 29, 2009
Hi Linda....

I am a realtor with one of the largest real estate companies in Florida. I have many listing in Jacksonville & St Augustine Florida that will fit almost any price point. If you are interested I will be happy to send you some listings to take a look at.

Please give me a call.

Lisa Menton
Watson Realty Corp.
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