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Looking to move to FL in the very near future. My Brother lives there and I am tired of So Cal and other things and want a change. What are the pro's/con's? I only hear good things from my bro but I am sure there are downers besides the obvious Hurricanes & Humidity.

Post away and let me know. I am looking into the Brandon Area which is close to my brother since I would like to have a backbone there since it would all be new to me.

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I was born and somewhat raised in Clearwater...not too far from Brandon. I go back occasionally to visit family and friends. The lifestyle there is much more laid back than most places. The weather is hot almost year round. Everything is flat. Most of the roads are straight. That's my 2% of a dollar.:lol:
 

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Well I lived on the East coast for 20 years, moved back to IL this past sept, tired of ridiculous insurance for house, the hurricanes are a *****, the traffic there stinks, loved the year round warm weather, but then again tired of the tourists, traffic, weather at times, but the traffic is the worst, always things to do, but you can only go to Disney and Busch gardens so many times. OH and no state income tax, you will love that coming from tax everything outrageously state
 

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Pros, your brother lives here.

Cons, I live here, too bad for you, lol.

I have lived in both places and the weather is much nicer there. It is like the seventh level of H E L L down here in the Summer and I have been here 20 years and you just never get used to it. If you don't work outdoors you may be OK but if you work outside, invest in some water stocks, you will need lots of it.
I like the people here and all in all I give Florida good marks. It has no State taxes, good roads, some good schools, lots of outdoor activities and most importantly for me, the drag strips are open all year, WHOOOOOOHOOOOOOO. If you do move down here shoot me a PM and we can go to the drag strip and I'll show you some good old Southern truck racing, Dukes of Hazard style, lol.
 

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How hot is it there in the summer...Im in Arizona and when summer rolls in here at 115 to 122 and humid.....That my friends is HELL.
 

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What part of Florida? Are you single/married? I grew up in SE PA and now in Florida. I like it here, I have lived on East Coast (West Palm) and now in the Tampa Bay area. I am old and married now so I like west coast way better, if you are single and hate old people east coast is more fun. Housing is still in a slump so you might be able to do OK. Oh we get hurricanes from time to time, they are less then fun.
 

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Im 27 and recently got married. Wife and I are ready to go do something different and start from scratch. We have looked at other places but it seems for now FL is were we would like to go. We are flying out on the 11th to spend 4 days there to look around at places and meet with some people for jobs.

Thanks for the feedback, more would be appreciated.
 

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I'm from Boston originally and the summers down here don't bother me...at least everything is air conditioned... I actually hate where I am now during the winters because of all the rude, obnoxious snow birds from NY, NJ and Canada (Sorry if I offended anyone on here :D). There is an absurd amount of traffic during the winters as well and you have to wait two hours just to get seated for dinner.

You'd be further north so wouldn't have most of those issues...with all the problems, I still can't think of a place I'd rather live...other than Boston(for the summer only). It is really nice not having state taxes and because the housing market is so bad, if you get in at the right place and time, you could pick up a really nice foreclosure dirt cheap.

The hurricanes really aren't that bad, at least you know they're coming (unlike earthquakes)...
 

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Im 27 and recently got married. Wife and I are ready to go do something different and start from scratch. We have looked at other places but it seems for now FL is were we would like to go. We are flying out on the 11th to spend 4 days there to look around at places and meet with some people for jobs.

Thanks for the feedback, more would be appreciated.

Any questions you have, just shoot them out...I'm 33, been single down here and married with children now. I've lived down here basically since I've been out of college. Couldn't take the weather up there anymore...

I will tell you, if you like boating, this is definately the place to be...
 

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P's Titan said:
Im 27 and recently got married. Wife and I are ready to go do something different and start from scratch. We have looked at other places but it seems for now FL is were we would like to go. We are flying out on the 11th to spend 4 days there to look around at places and meet with some people for jobs.

Thanks for the feedback, more would be appreciated.
It all depends on which Florida you're moving to: North or South? North = redneck, South = nice, pretty, but Cuban
 

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It all depends on which Florida you're moving to: North or South? North = redneck, South = nice, pretty, but Cuban

nahhhh.. Miami is Cuban. I live in tampa, been here my entire life... the only cons I can think of are the horribly hot sun.. gators arent bad unless you live on a lake or something. Hurricanes... to be honest.. all I do is tie stuff down, have extra supplies and stay inside for the night... then be ready to pick chit up for a week lol... never had my house damaged before.. but I have gone through a few fences...

pros- the beach is always near you weve got disney,bush gardens, seaworld, discovery cove.. universal studios... malls everywhere ! alot more but none on the top of my head right now...
 

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nahhhh.. Miami is Cuban. I live in tampa, been here my entire life... the only cons I can think of are the horribly hot sun.. gators arent bad unless you live on a lake or something. Hurricanes... to be honest.. all I do is tie stuff down, have extra supplies and stay inside for the night... then be ready to pick chit up for a week lol... never had my house damaged before.. but I have gone through a few fences...

pros- the beach is always near you weve got disney,bush gardens, seaworld, discovery cove.. universal studios... malls everywhere ! alot more but none on the top of my head right now...
I agree:

It's not Cuban unless you're in Miami, which is basically Havana North...

Hurricane aftermath is like an outdoor block party for a week where neighborhoods just clean up and drink with nothing but the sound of generators buzzing everywhere. It was crazy after Wilma...

Can't forget the Keys or even Sanibel or Captiva islands...It's the only place I've lived where you're always surrounded by palm trees, but yet you can still drive to one of those places and feel like you're on a tropical vacation away from home...Key West during the off season is my personal favorite. It's the most laid back, relaxing place I've ever been...
 

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P's Titan said:
Im 27 and recently got married. Wife and I are ready to go do something different and start from scratch. We have looked at other places but it seems for now FL is were we would like to go. We are flying out on the 11th to spend 4 days there to look around at places and meet with some people for jobs.

Thanks for the feedback, more would be appreciated.
Well you will fit right in.......they say everyone who lives in FL is either newlywed or almost dead!!!! :jester:
 

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My $.02:
Plantation is nice (due west of Ft. Lauderdale), been here 10 yrs. If you expect to have nice neighbors or friendly service forget it. I'm from TX originally and it does not compare.
Housing costs are triple what I paid in '98 so expect to drop $350K for an older ranch, 3-2. Traffic is horrible except when school is out, winter traffic is terrible. Do you plan to boat off-shore, lakes or everglades? Definitely a highlight, hunting ducks is great cause you don't freeze your *** off.
I can appreciate the other comments already made so if you value your family enough to overcome the shortcomings then come on down.:computern
 

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Pros: confortable weather in the winter, hot as hell in the summer, not bad if you dont work outside but i do so you'll sweat your *** off! beaches almost year round. always something going on. housing market in a huge slump so you'll be ale to pick up a decent house for a decent price not like in the past couple years where they were ridiculously over priced.
Cons: insurance, property tax, would say hurricanes but most of the time they are only tropical storms. traffic has started to get worst where i am 30mins north of west palm. snow birds are slowly starting to not come here because of the taxes but they are still here in the winter. other wise not a ad place to live, been here for 12 years now.
 

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I'm 29 and I am born and raised in St. Pete. Ya it gets hot in the summer but its not all that bad. When it gets too hot just take your boat out and go out to the sandbars and sit in the water and drink some beer! The traffic can get bad, but unless your living in the middle of the desert or mountains you can be stuck in it anywhere you live. What type of work do you two do?
 

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Im from Santa Barbara, now living in West Palm. I think california is way better...but, it really depends on what you are into.

The beaches in Florida are nice and the weather this time of year is great. summer lasts about 8 months it seems and as previously stated - summer here really sucks.

I Just became a first time homeowner here in palm beach county, my understanding is taxes are fairly high in comparison to other places. However, tax reform is coming soon supposedly.

Taxes in cali are low in comparison but the average home prices are higher so it basically washes out from what i understand.

Good luck in whatever you decide
 
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