moving to Florida

Old Sep 7th, 2016, 08:35 AM
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This is a difficult dilemma.

If you buy a house in FL after a short trip and sell your house in MN to pay for it, the die is cast and it will be difficult to undo if you don't love the spot in FL you picked, or miss MN too much. On the plus side, you will only have to move you and your pets once. That's a big plus!

If you rent in FL for a year while hanging on to the house in MN, you may be more secure in your choice of location in FL, but you will have to move twice, and return to MN to handle your house sale, and perhaps deal with having renters in your house in MN (which isn't so bad, I'm a landlord, but still). But there would be less chance of making a dire mistake by moving to FL too precipitously.

I am not sure what I would do, honestly.

Ideally, if money allows, I would spend one summer in FL, 6 months, with pets, in a location that you think you might like.
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Old Sep 7th, 2016, 08:42 AM
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To me sounds like being 'snowbirds' would be ideal for what you want (winter in Florida, summer in MN each year). But also sounds like your husband is not open to that idea.
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Old Sep 7th, 2016, 08:49 AM
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Again, rent BEFORE you buy. Many times when couples seeks to permanantly relocate to an unfamiliar (or even familiar) area they think they might like they find out afterwards that one of them "likes the area a lot and the other one doesn't. Better to find that out BEFORE you buy rather than after.
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Old Sep 7th, 2016, 10:38 AM
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Wally and I have been talking about all the good help we have been getting on this site. I even copied out this whole site for us to highlight and be sure we haven't missed anything. All of you have been so incredibly helpful. This is the first place I go now when I turn on my computer. Thanks is not enough. He was wondering if you are all paid professionals here at Fodors (if not...in a perfect world you should be) but then, we probably wouldn't be able to afford it! I told him I didn't think so...I figured you were just good and helpful people with knowledge to share. He thought about selling up here and then looking for a place. I just can't live with that suggestion. I am on Facebook BJMartinek and have some picture of my place there. To me, this is a one of a kind paradise and once we sell it, we will never find or be able to acquire a place like this again. Put it together with the good people here and it is priceless. However, It is approaching the time when we must pass it on...when we must move on. I hope that I can find good people wherever I go. Wally will be easier to please than me. He could probably live in a shack and be fine. Well, a shack that doesn't require outdoor snow shoveling, a big lawn to tend and docks and boats to put out and bring in every year. I must say, however, I think it is what is keeping him so trim and buff! But, he is 81...looks a fraction that age if you ask me. I would prefer finding a place and then purchase agreement contingent on the sale of this house. This house will sell quickly. The assessment should be in shortly. The realtors were out yesterday. We are not ready to put it on the market yet. We have talked about putting our belongings in one of these huge trailer modules making ready for a move. We had to do that when straight line winds took our roof about fives years ago. We worry someone wood trash our house if we rented it out...or would they keep it and the grounds up...or...should we make sure we are here when it is up for sale. Now I really am getting off the track...what has this to do with travel? God, thank you for your patience as I brainstorm. Now Wally is thinking of a stop in Tuscan AZ for a week then heading down to Florida for a while. Not sure I can convince him to stay the summer. Maybe I can figure a way that I could...have to think on that. One year when I had the twins with me (babies) I did spend time looking to buy (31 years ago) but that was in the winter and a different sort of buying...resort condo buying. This will be our final home. What would make me happy? A pool, lots of windows, capability to garden...even just pots...some trees...water nearby would be nice.
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Old Sep 7th, 2016, 11:03 AM
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I posted on your other thread before reading this one, that to me it doesn't sound like you really want to move to Florida full-time permanently.

I think you really truly need to figure that out, before any of the various options would make sense.

(Not a professional, just a dedicated traveler, who reads this forum on my coffee breaks at the office -haha).

All the best with your decisions.

And I'm gonna say it one more time, just go on an extended vacation and rent in a few places so you can see for yourself if your "dream" of Floria is really where you want to be.
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Old Sep 7th, 2016, 11:22 AM
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I have been "lurking" on your threads for a couple of days and can imagine your dilemma. You obviously love your current home very much. Although the snowbird approach sounds like the best choice to me, it seems like that might not be feasible.

Have you considered locations other than Florida? Perhaps Texas?

You are in good health--why not take some "research and development" trips and have some fun? Nothing like travel to help you gain perspective on life.
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Old Sep 7th, 2016, 12:11 PM
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jayne, Lurk away! Your idea is perfect! As a matter of fact, our lunch hour discussion was exactly about that. I see my husband is not as much attached to this place as I am...but that's just me...we have been married now almost 37 years...sooo if he goes, I go...but I know he will listen to me. Anyway, now our latest addition to this saga of ours is to accept the resort reservation in Tuscan, AZ...check out some retirement communities there then fly on to Florida and check some places out there...then...make reservations near those places for an extended stay next year in one of these places. His limit so far seems to be two months...maybe I can wrangle a little more time out of him. I watched my parents...very active...sailing the ocean for weeks at a time in their 80s...being snow birds...but in their 90s, sold their homes in Florida and Alexandria, MN to move to an apt in Washington. The travel and all just got to be too much. Wally and I don't really have "ties" anywhere...children and grandchildren here but very busy lives...our friends and neighbors here are lovely...but I don't feel 'close ties' to them...probably my fault...well both of us...we aren't much socialites...home bodies maybe though I do have those I like to get together with...church activities...choir maybe I can do the elsewhere too. Wally has Renaud's Disease and suffers in the winter...forgot to mention that...I worry for his circulation ie health reasons for warm climate
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Old Oct 20th, 2016, 04:18 PM
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I know this is a few weeks old, but I wanted to wish you good luck with your decision! My grandmother ended up moving to Florida from Indiana at the age of 88. She loves it. The weather, combined with the community she's a part of, have made her so happy, and she's healthier than she's been in years.

This all has to be so intimidating to consider, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth thinking about and researching. My grandmother had considered Florida for years (much of our family lives here), but the transition was so big that she couldn't make it happen. She ended up just visiting, and later decided to stay. Family up north took care of the house for her.

I know these aren't exactly your circumstances, and my grandmother was lucky to have family on both ends of her move. But still, I wanted to share her story. Florida has been great for her, and I'm thankful for everything that brought her here.

I wish you all the best!
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Old Oct 22nd, 2016, 11:00 AM
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Texas and Arizona aren't bad ideas as you wouldn't have the hurricane/flood risks there (at least not in most of Texas). As usual, you can have excellent health care around the major cities with big medical centers, but not so much in some small town in the middle of nowhere.

From what I've read about Reynaud's, I wonder if moving to extremely warm climates would be any better than living in a cold one. It said you have to avoid rapid changes of temperature extremes, such as moving from hot air into air conditioning. That sounds just as bad or worse as living in a cold climate where you can at least bundle up.

Maybe you need a moderate climate as the best solution? I'm thinking some place like North Carolina, Arkansas or Tennessee perhaps.
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