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Old 07-03-2016, 09:34 PM   #21
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I agree with some others that living in Florida all year round would be like being held hostage by the tourists in the winter and by the hot temperatures in the summer.
I live in FL year-round and have no problem with either the tourists or the heat/humidity. Why not? Well, the tourists turn the coast into a nightmare during high season, but I live a few miles inland where their effect is much more muted. My very thin build may explain why I can be just as active outdoors during the summer as in winter. I actually enjoy both seasons in FL, but for very different reasons. Of course, your mileage may vary.
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:12 PM   #22
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...too many options. I am grateful for the choices but making the right choice worries me.
You should really read the book Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz, or watch the TED talk video here.
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Is ok to be a little selfish? I mean both will graduate loan free. To me I'm done...well as much as I can be.
No, not selfish at all. Many of us had loans to pay off when we graduated. You have provided them with a tremendous start. Time for them to fly on their own. Of course easy for me to say.......I never had children.

Btw, my previous post was about deals that can be had for snowbirds in general. To me it just seems like a no brainer for northerners. Escape the coldest weather but maintain your northern home for your nice summers.
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I've made no secret that I'm not a big fan of winter and I'd like to move south when my son graduates HS next June. The relatives are all retiring one by one and moving to Florida - building $500k mini castles with pools and tons of beautiful stone work. I am still not convinced - We already are part owners of a nice two bedroom town home in a closed community near Siesta Key. We are not fussy but the entrance is on the side and I feel a bit claustrophobic when we are there. The trouble is the traffic and congestion down there is simply awful. A zillion of us oldsters are flooding the state: sister-in-law: "I can't wait until the tourist go home." ...
You can always get another 2nd home as large as your budget allows, and somewhere else where it's not so crowded. But be aware of the costs that you will incur with 2 homes, plus the logistics of maintaining them. My 2 homes are only 2-1/2 hour drive apart, so that helps.
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