The Top 3 Reasons to Move to Florida - Winter has taken its toll on so many people this year, and lots of them will still feel the effects of it long after the weather has warmed up. This time of year is notorious for people realizing just how much winter weight they have gained, how cooped up they have been, and how much they miss the sunshine. It happens every year, but most people don’t realize that there’s actually an easy solution – move to Florida!
Packing up your things and heading south may seem easier said than done, but if you’re looking for a fresh start, Florida is a great place to consider. And, once you decide to call the Sunshine State home, you’ll get to take advantage of these 3 perks:
1. Affordable housing
Many people are shocked when they hear the average home price, especially in northern parts of the state. Although Miami has a notoriously high cost of living, many other parts of Florida boast incredibly affordable homes that aren’t too far from the beach. The Gulf of Mexico has some of the prettiest beaches in the world, but it doesn’t have the high housing costs that some of the other well-known beaches in the United States do. In fact, thanks to Florida’s slow housing recovery, you can have a beachside home on Pensacola Beach for the same amount you would spend deep inland in the Midwest! In Orlando, the average home is selling in $100,000 range. In many homes on the east coast and in several other major cities around the U.S., it’s impossible to get a decent home for that price. Although selling prices are beginning to get a little higher in Florida, they are still significantly lower than in other parts of the country.
2. Great weather
Move here, and you will never have to worry about that Winter Gloom again! Those on the East Coast and in the Midwest who go months without seeing the sun will love the year-round sunshine. It’s hard to have a bad day when the sun is always shining, and although it does get humid in the summer, the gorgeous days more than make up for it. Plus you don’t quite notice the humidity as much when you’re spending those summer days on the beach! Florida is well-known for its retirement communities, and the reason that so many people want to retire there is because of the weather. But why wait to retire to get those benefits? You may find that the cost of living is more affordable than your current city, and when you live in Florida you are never more than a few hours from the beach.
3. No state income taxes
Yes, you read that right! Florida does not have any state income taxes. When you factor in the money you will save from your income taxes – plus the money you’ll save on a home right now – you’ll discover that moving south is more than attainable. In fact, the money that you save by not paying state income taxes every year could mean it makes more financial sense to move than it does to stay where you are!
Florida is by no means perfect, but there are so many attributes that make it hard to resist. If you are looking for greener pastures, Florida certainly comes with a lot of reasons that you should call it home.
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