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Hi Jennlee222!

Any advice for a Midwesterner considering relocation to Florida? I'm looking at a job near Ft Lauderdale presently.

Any of you transplants from similar areas and how do you like it?

I'm what I call a "sunbird"--here in north Broward County (same as you'll be) eight months a year, and in upper New York state for four months. I think it's beautiful here from October through end of May, but the summers are hot, humid and challenging. However, air conditioning is abundant (and cold!), so the most uncomfortable period is simply getting from your home to your car and your car to your place of employment, and back again.

I LOVE Ft. Lauderdale! There are so many wonderful places to live, tons of great restaurants, beautiful beaches, and lots of nice folk. Where you choose to live will depend, in large part, whether you're single, married, or have children. If you can afford to live oceanfront, I highly recommend it, although if you have children, you'll want to look further inland, where you can buy larger homes with a back yard and maybe a pool. If you've been contemplating becoming a homeowner, there's no time like the present. Prices are relatively low, and although they're turning the corner, there are still deals to be had.

One thing if you do decide to buy--make sure that you apply for a Homestead exemption. That will keep your property taxes from rising more than 3% per year in most situations.

If you love outdoor sports, there's an abundance of tennis courts and public golf courses. You will never be wanting of a game. And if you don't play, it's a great time to learn.

Good luck with your decision, and let us know if you have any other questions about our fair state. And just'll never freeze in winter again!


Barbara Eisner Bayer
PRO Home Fool
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