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I am being recruited HARD by a company in Palm Bay FL. Its too cold to work in the garage, hit zero this week - so I'm really considering this.

Need pros and cons from folks I trust, I don't know anyone down there so you guys are all I got - shows you how SCREWED I really am ;o)

Lots of data on Hurricanes and everyone touts no Property taxes - got that. What about Car Insurance, Old car insurance, Home insurance, Flood insurance? I hear all the major insurance companies left the area.

On the Mustang front: Do they tax vintage cars? How will original California chrome fare? Any Autocrosses? I hear all the Mustangs in FLorida are really SLOW, so competition should be negligible and easy to beat with a Yankee build ;o)

What should I know that I'm not considering? I currently live in the Un-united Socialist State of New York so I get a big Tax bump but how about keeping a home AC'd all year? Where do you run during Hurricanes...

Any other thoughts, I go for an interview on the 28th, want to do my research...
 

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My wife is currently in Tampa visiting friends and scouting our new state. We've lived in the great white north for 5 years and shes tired of selling houses 3 months out of the year so....we're moving.
 

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Wow. I know you have to move to Florida when you’re old, I mean it’s the law. Not used to people going there otherwise, except to vacation. Personally I can’t imagine me being there. Too hot, humid, sandy, flat, populated, etc. But that’s me. I have several coworkers from the gulf side that far down, I’ll pose your questions to them. You are a yankee, so you will be among your people down there. Been to West Palm and st Lucie a few times, really pretty area.
 

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Born and raised in the great white north and couldnt wait to leave and florida is one great place to be but all areas have their faults but retiring here is the best. I live on the gulf side 75 miles south of tampa and so far this season have turned on my heat for 4 hours and it added 20dollars to my electric bill, not a deal breaker. After huricane charley in 2004 my homeowners ins was canceled 3 times so i sold my mansion and bought a bank repo and dont subscribe to the ins scam. My biggest worry is my butthole neighbor complaining to code enforcement. I keep my place neat but do have 12 cars with only 1 my dail trasportation in the driveway. An accquitance moved from a cheaper neighborhood and had to sell his pickup truck because of rules at his new place so beware if you are used to doing stuff to your house or property because they have some funny crappy rules i was never subjected to previously. Weather is the best- you get used to humidity ect cause thats what a/c is for if you need it.. Weather reports during huricane season are mostly to be ignored, just stay put and maybe be prepared to no electricity for a few hours or days. The highways are mostly full so live close to work. Wes
 

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don't let him fool ya he's from Cali.
Hmm. Florida nice place to visit not sure I'd want to live there ,Hurricanes ,sinkholes, alligators ,pythons ,poison spiders,,rain /Humidity ,tornadoes and lightning Plus you'll have to actually rent a cherry picker.
Might move me up a notch in the local autox scene though
 

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I've heard of a gazillion folk from New York moving to Florida, but not many that ever wanted to move back.
I don't think it would be difficult to move from New York to ANYWHERE.

But the heat, humidity, and hurricane season in Florida...no thanks.

My ideal climate is in SoCal, but then you're in California.
 

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You mentioned many characteristics related to location and climate. While important, one thing that is a huge plus or minus are your neighbors, and that can be anywhere. I suggest you rent for 6 months in a neighborhood you think might work and see if you can tolerate the neighbors there. If not, look for another area and try again.

Closer you are to the ocean, the faster your car is likely to rot. Salt air.
 

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Love all the comments from the non-Floridians, like they have a clue.

South and north Florida are like two different universes. Palm Bay is going to be more like old Florida than the rat race in south Florida.

There are property taxes in Florida. There is no state income tax.

Vintage cars are plentiful and there is no special tax on them and also no car inspections on any cars. Just your normal yearly tag renewal.

If you think all the Mustangs are slow here be prepared to be disappointed and get used to the taillight view.

If you are liberal, please leave your politics in New York or just stay there. If not...Welcome.
 

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I've been to Florida a few times many years ago and liked it. But like I said was many years ago. One advantage of Florida, no income tax on SS or pensions.

As suggested I'd rent a place for a while before buying. I had a uncle who rented for 6 months to see if he liked it, he was from Deposit NY. He moved back to NY.

I say do it! That way @2nd 66 and I will have a place to stay when we visit
 

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I am being recruited HARD by a company in Palm Bay FL. Its too cold to work in the garage, hit zero this week - so I'm really considering this.

Need pros and cons from folks I trust, I don't know anyone down there so you guys are all I got - shows you how SCREWED I really am ;o)

Lots of data on Hurricanes and everyone touts no Property taxes - got that. What about Car Insurance, Old car insurance, Home insurance, Flood insurance? I hear all the major insurance companies left the area.
Property taxes are 3-4K depending on the house and area. I think you mean no income tax.

I moved from Michigan to Orlando 10 years ago. We don't have any desire to move back other than to see family and friends.
 
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