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Old 06-11-2017, 02:34 PM
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My wife and I are planning on moving South from Ohio once the boys graduate HS in a few years. We are looking at different places while we are on vacation.
So far we like the low country in South Carolina and the Gulf coast of Florida. We are thinking about buying a place when we decide where we want to be and renting it most of the year and staying there for vacation a few times per year and slowly increase our time in the South and less in the North overtime. May split time or may go full time South eventually.
For anyone in the rental business or has made the jump South, any thoughts, ideas, or words of wisdom is greatly appreciated. Or if you have favorite locations to look at!
Condo or house? Definitely want to keep a boat there.
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Old 06-11-2017, 02:47 PM
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We are thinking the same thing. We live near Toledo and I keep my boat in Marblehead. We plan to live in our existing house in the summer because it's paid for and then staying in Florida in the winter. I really like the keys around Islamorada and we are going to look for a rental. I don't want to screw around having to cut grass and all that kind of maintenance for a 2nd property.
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:02 PM
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Gulf Coast ? We love it here in Pensacola ! Best move we ever made, lived in S. FLA for 20 years and went North to go South.
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Personally, I wouldn't buy before moving anywhere. I'd move and rent, then buy after a year or so...
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:26 PM
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OP, how long before you retire or are you thinking of getting a job down south??? I'd definetly rent before committing to living somewhere long term.

Personally, I can't take the Florida heat in summertime. I'm thinking a cottage in U.P. of Michigan for the summer would be the ticket
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Whatever you do, don't move to NC! Terrible fishing, high cost of living, and no decent beaches or mountains!
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:39 PM
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Whatever you do, don't move to NC! Terrible fishing, high cost of living, and no decent beaches or mountains!
I was thinking the same thing about SC.
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Originally Posted by scclimber View Post
I was thinking the same thing about SC.

Yes, but to a lesser extent! Things get exponentially better the closer you get to Florida.
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Depends! If we really like it we will move down early and get jobs. We are both in healthcare so getting jobs should not be a big deal. For me, i like the snowbird thing because we have family up here as well. But I am sick of the winter.
As long as we are looking and when we initially decide where we would like to be we would rent. Just wondering if it is a good idea to buy and rent it out when we are not there.
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:49 PM
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I love SC! Along the coast. But I know vacationing in a place is totally different than living there.
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:50 PM
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Typically, you can rent for snowbird season. January, February and March. Unfortunately, those are the months you want to use your second home. Nobody wants to rent April through December.
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Old 06-11-2017, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by TBone97 View Post
I love SC! Along the coast. But I know vacationing in a place is totally different than living there.
Check out Beaufort, SC. Just don't tell your friends.
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Old 06-11-2017, 04:42 PM
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My wife likes SC but I love the Florida Keys. You people that live in SC what is your winters like? My wife likes Charlotte area, how far would I have to go to get to the water? Are there any tarpon fishing down in SC?

Northern Ohio winters just plain suck. Just about every day is grey and just when you think it couldn't get more grey the next day is more grey. I go into fishing withdrawals in the winter, Lake Erie ice fishing is just no fun for me. I got stuck on the ice one time for 16 hours.....never again!
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I have been through Beaufort. Have not stayed.
I agree RussH, Ohio winters do suck. I have never been to the Keys.
I get what your sayin HDRyder999. Anyone just rent? Keep moving around every few years?
Keep the ideas coming. Looks like a lot of us Northerners are dreaming of warmer winters.
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From what I have seen, everyone from Ohio moves to Hilton Head.
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I think FL is the best bet for sure
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by gf View Post
From what I have seen, everyone from Ohio moves to Hilton Head.
I've noticed that too. It's full of people from Ohio, so check that area. Isn't sw fla full of Ohioans (?) too?
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Sorry they closed Florida last week.......

Just kidding. It could happen...
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Originally Posted by Vitamin_Sea View Post
Whatever you do, don't move to NC! Terrible fishing, high cost of living, and no decent beaches or mountains!
Really.
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I am in the exact same boat as you and I built in Marco Island. I spend 6-8 weeks down there per year and rent it out the rest of the time. I actually make a profit from renting it out of about 20k/yr after paying mortgage/taxes/insurance/etc. It has worked out extremely well.

I keep a boat there also and occasionly rent it with the house to experienced boaters. That has worked out well also as it allows me to have a nice boat and be able to justify it since I only get out 4-5 times per year.

PM me if you have any additional questions,
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