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Old 02-05-2015, 12:01 PM
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Since I am in the very early stages of relocaton exploration, I thought a visit to my favorite website would be a good place to start. But coming here, it's hit or miss finding what you need. Perhaps a THT section where folks looking to relocate can ask questions and start a dialog with some like-minded folks in the area they seek wouldn't be a bad idea. We have to have experts in just about every field in nearly every area of the country.

Here's my example. I'm 49, my wife is 53. I've got 8 more years before I can separate from my current position with what I hope will be a secure retirement when I reach 62. My wife will be able to retire by then with something pushing 40 years teaching. We are in the early planning stage of that phase which will involve relocating to the Keys, Key Largo specifically. Without getting into the upper keys lower keys debate (she wants to be nearer the mainland), I know that moving to the keys isn't difficult. BUT, navigating all the rules and permits and what is allowed and isn't, where, when and why can be downright confusing. Permits, tiers, ROGO. I've heard that contractors down there seem to work at their own pace.
While we've been down there three times now and are heading back again this summer for almost 3 weeks, we really haven't looked at RE beyond what is available in the park we stay at (Calusa campground and marina). I've been on Zwillo to see what is available and what it's going for and have found reasonable listings (along with the $1M+ unreasonable - for me). I've found lots. Open lots, wooded lots. Sometimes more than one available. I think to myself "Gee, hiring someone to clear and stump that lot would provide me more than ample parking for my boat and truck and camper while I'm there. Someplace I could use while waiting for permitting to happen? But if i'm not building on it, do I need a permit?" Of course this isn't Maine we're talking about here.

So do you see what I'm getting at? I'm not ready to plunk money down yet but I want to know what I'm getting in to.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:06 PM
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I can help with coastal NC and SC around the state borders as I', a licensed broker in both states. You state FL contractors work at their own pace ~~ not only FL it is a southern thing. If a contractor say he will be at your home Tuesday ask which Tuesday of which month, then do not be surprised if he goes fishing instead.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:15 PM
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Isn't this what the regional threads are for?
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:23 PM
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I did peruse the Regionals but they really are a little too broad. For example, there is a Georgia / Florida subject but what works in one area doesn't work in another. I'm looking for narrower focus and focused on relocation dialog. Maybe you're right tho?
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:50 PM
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From what I gathered when I was considering getting a second place there it is a whole lot easier buying an existing permitted house as opposed to building from scratch.
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