Moving to Florida Pros Cons of moving and living in Florida Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:20:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Don’t Move to Florida if You Now Live Here Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:03:35 +0000 Moving from a “Better” State to Florida can be an Expensive Mistake

Millions of people have moved to Florida to live in paradise, only to discover they’ve made a huge expensive mistake. The report waterfall in coloradopublished by the University of Florida on in and out migration showed that. In a recent Gallop poll, the majority of Florida residents said their state wasn’t even one of the best states to live in. I can tell you the percentage of satisfaction would be even lower if Florida was being slammed by devastating hurricanes as it normally is. Florida residents are unhappy despite a record 8 years in a row without cities being transformed into what looks like a war scene.

Despite most Floridians saying Florida isn’t the best state, or even one of the best to live in, last year, this year and next year around 500,000 of us will move to Florida, believing it’s the best state to live in.

Why is there such a disconnect between what Florida residents think of the state, and those who want to move there?

  • Florida is a great place to be a tourist. Tourism built the state. Tourist attractions in Florida are great at what they do. Unfortunately, actually living in Florida is going to be different than being a tourist. When you actually live in Florida you will have the responsibilities that go along with normal everyday life, that you left at home when you were just visiting the state as a tourist.
  • Most people move to Florida having done little or no real research to learn what living in the state is really like. No, having visited every theme park multiple times over a decade or two doesn’t qualify as research. No, asking a salesman/women (who will make $10,000′s when you move) who will likely tell you what you want to hear doesn’t cut it either.
  • Your “research” consists solely of propaganda produced by people who’s job is to sell you the dream of Florida as paradise. You can’t be blamed for this. There is $1,000,000,000′s of dollars to be made by selling the Florida dream. Your chances of encountering 100% positive promotional Florida is paradise fluff when trying to research a move to Florida is probably about 1,000,000 to 1.
  • Many Floridians were not born in the state. They moved there looking to improve their situation, just like you’re thinking of doing now. Just like I did almost 20 years ago. The difference is Floridians have already experienced the reality of living as a resident in the state.

So the “churn” continues. Every day about a 1000 people will move to Florida, and the moving van that brought their life to Florida, will then be filled with the belongings of one of the 1000 people who will be moving out of “paradise” that day. How much money did those people lose by buying the Florida dream, only to discover what most Floridians already know, and Gallop Polls showed? How did uprooting their lives, twice, affect them and their family? Will this happen to you too?

I wrote the “Florida Move Guide” so people can get an idea of what living in Florida is actually like before they move. As a real estate agent and then a broker selling homes to people moving in and out of Florida for a long time, I explain why many people leave, and what new residents can do to minimize those risks.

My new book (should be available within the next two weeks) “How to Retire Happier” will actually show what states to move to and from, what your chances of satisfaction will be and why. For instance, if you now live in the worst state in the US (high crime, poor quality healthcare, etc, any state you move to from there will likely lead to an improvement in your quality of life. But if you move from a state that is among the best places to live in the US (because of lower crime, better healthcare quality, lower cost of living, etc) and move to one that ranks lower in all or most quality of life measurements, your chances of satisfaction with moving your life are poor.

The new book “how to Retire Happier” isn’t about Florida, but because this blog and post are, here’s just a teaser:

Don’t Move to Florida from these States

  • Utah (Not that anyone from there is thinking of moving to Florida)
  • Colorado (Some people are thinking of moving from there but their odds are poor)
  • New Hampshire (There’s a comment on this blog from someone who did move from NH to FL and wrote that he wasn’t happy with the town in FL he chose and wanted advice on where else to move in FL. Sorry guy, the town’s not the problem, you moved from a “better*” state to a “worse*” one)

This list is just few of the many states that rank higher overall in quality of life measurements than Florida. See “How to Retire Happier” due to be published September 15th for the best places to live and travel, in the US and overseas. Learn where your state ranks, if you should move, or stay and make use of other retirement lifestyle options available to you today.

* Better and Worst states are based on a long list of quality of life measurements according to trusted government and nonprofit organization rankings and polls of residents themselves.


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What? Better Place to Retire Florida VS South Dakota Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:23:28 +0000 Would it be Better to Retire/Live in Florida or South Dakota?

I know, you think that’s a stupid question because the “obvious” answer is that Florida is a much better place to live or retire than mount rushmore south dakotaSouth Dakota. Some of you are probably asking, “Where is South Dakota, is that near the Ukraine? For those of you who have been out of school for a long time, South Dakota is part of the US. What does South Dakota have to do with a website about moving to Florida? If you “assume” that Florida is the best state to live in or retire to, I’m going to use South Dakota to make a point.

The Match-up Florida (where you want to move to) VS South Dakota (you don’t even know where it is)

Ok lets begin! It’s Florida, the assumed best state to retire/live in by millions VS South Dakota a place most Americans have never been to and but there’s something about a big bunch of rocks there.

1) Quality of Healthcare Who Wins Florida or South Dakota?

We all want to know that we’ll be properly taken care of if we get sick, so which is the better state when it comes to healthcare quality?

Winner: South Dakota

What? South Dakota? They have doctors there? According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality South Dakota easily beats Florida (which scores in the lower half of all states). Score Florida-0 / South Dakota-1

2) Violent Crime Rate, Who Wins Florida or South Dakota?

I don’t know about you, but a best place to live or retire has to have a low risk of becoming a victim of a violent crime and becoming tomorrow’s news headline. Who has a lower rate of rapes, murders and other violent crime?

Winner: South Dakota

Unfortunately for Florida which consistently has one of the highest the highest violent crime rates in the US, this wasn’t even close with a violent crime rate about 50% higher than South Dakota according to the FBI. The score in now Florida-0 / South Dakota-2

3) Well-Being Who Wins?

Now wait a minute. Are you just making this up? What is a “well-being” score? The Gallop Poll people together with Healthways asked residents of all the US states about their emotion heath, physical health, healthy behaviors, access to healthcare and other questions to come up with a “Well-Being Index”. It’s another tool to determine where people feel they are experiencing a better quality of life.

The Winner: South Dakota (by a mile)

South Dakota ranked 2nd out of the 50 states, Florida ranked 30th. Don’t blame me. The rankings are a result of residents from all states answering the same questions. Score Florida-0 / South Dakota-3

4) Total Burden of State Taxes, Florida Doesn’t have a Personal Income Tax, Who Wins?

Nobody loves paying taxes, so which state takes more money out of it’s residents pockets?

Winner: South Dakota

Wow, I didn’t see that one one coming, did you? Turns out South Dakota doesn’t have a personal state income tax either, and a lower total bite than Florida according to the Tax Foundation. Florida’s reeling right now, come on weather, when are we going to battle about the weather? Score Florida-0 / South Dakota-4

5) Property Crime, Who has Less of it?

Violent crime is bad, but how safe would you feel about living in your home after knowing criminals broke in and went through your stuff? Again, I sure don’t want to be shot or stabbed, but I don’t want thugs breaking into my home or stealing my car either, so who wins?

Winner: South Dakota

Again, not even close with Florida having 50% more of this type of life disrupting unnecessary stuff, according to the FBI. This isn’t your grandmothers Florida. Score Florida-0 / South Dakota-5

6) Standard of Living

Florida’s sure going to win this because I think people in South Dakota still do laundry by taking their clothes down to the river and beating them with sticks on the rocks. Anyway, Gallop asked residents of all states if they were satisfied with their standard of living, and if the felt it was going to improve or get worse in the future. Warning to Florida-lovers who never lived in the state, a persons feelings about Florida changes the longer you actually live there. Again, don’t blame me for their answers.

Winner: South Dakota

Residents in South Dakota scored in the top 10 in the nation at #6, and Florida, lets just say they weren’t as happy with their standard of living. Score Florida-0 / South Dakota-6

7) Question: Is your state the best, or one of the best states to live in?

Alright! Florida’s got to win this, right? Because if you found this website, you’re probably thinking of moving to Florida and to blow all that cash to move to a state a million miles away, you wouldn’t do that unless Florida was the best state to live in, right? Surely you must think it’s one of the best. I wonder what people who actually already live in Florida and South Dakota think. After all, all of the people who moved to Florida must of thought is was at least one of the best places to live in the US before they moved, right?

Winner: South Dakota

Curses, those darn people at Gallop Polls are busting my myth that Florida is a great place to retire to or live in. Less than 50% of Floridians responded that Florida was the best state to live in, or even one of the best. More than 50% of South Dakotains (did I say that right? It doesn’t matter, they don’t have internet up there yet so nobody from South Dakota will ever see this) think their state is the best or at least one of the best. There’s more. A higher percentage of Floridians said Florida was THE worst state in the US to live in, than South Dakotaians said their state was the worst. Score Florida-0 / South Dakota

8) Weather, This Should be a No-Brainer, Right?

Now come on, Who’s got better weather, the “sunshine state” or some state that you never hear about, don’t know where it is and the main mode of public transportation is by buffalo.

Winner: _____ You score it after you read below.

South Dakota: 4 Seasons with cold winters. Florida: 3 seasons, winter (3months and beautiful weather) summer (up to 9 months of hot humid weather with the air conditioner running full speed) and hurricane season (6 months per year)

Hint: Why do people move to Florida? For the weather. Why do people move out of Florida? The weather (and other things)

8) Which State has More Tourist Attractions?

Winner: Florida! Yea Florida!

The Points I Wanted to Make?

1) Florida is a great place to Visit

2) A great place to visit doesn’t necessarily make a great place to live.

Think you’d be crazy to move to South Dakota?

Then watch this short video!

I‘m working on finishing my new book that will show where the true best places to retire/live are, where to move from, best retirement lifestyles, places to travel and live overseas and more. There’s nothing out there like what you’ll learn from this book.

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