Buying & Selling June 16, 2022

Everything you need to know before moving to Florida

  1. Florida Has Strange Weather: The gorgeous weather is one of the primary factors that attract people to Florida. Although Floridians enjoy sunny weather most of the year, this state is prone to thunderstorms as well as tropical storms and hurricanes that blow in from the Atlantic. It is also important to note that Florida can experience extreme temperature fluctuations and high humidity.
  2. It’s a Zero Tax State: If you hate paying taxes, then you will love living in Florida. The Sunshine State is one of just seven states that does not assess a state income tax. And while the cost of rent and utilities is slightly higher than the rest of the country, overall, the cost of living here is relatively low (especially compared to New York City).
  1. Public Transportation is Limited: If you zip around New York on the subway, be aware you will need a car to get around most of the places in Florida. However, some cities do have decent transit systems. If you rely on public transportation, consider living in Miami, which scores well not only for transit but also gets high marks for walk ability and bike-ability.
  1. Buying a Home Might Be Easier: The average cost of a home in Florida is around $200,000, which is slightly higher than the national average. However, it’s still a lot more affordable than purchasing a home in NYC, where the median home price exceeds $600,000.
  1. Florida Boasts Lots of Outdoor Attractions: If you love spending time outside, then Florida’s an excellent choice for you. Not only is Florida home to 1200 miles of sandy beaches on both the Atlantic and Gulf Coast, but it also boasts 160 state parks and three national parks. Here, you can enjoy activities like hiking, kayaking, camping, swimming, fishing, and more practically year-round. Additionally, Florida has several other fun attractions including Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios.
  1. It Has a Strong Economy: Not only is Florida a great place to play, but it’s also a great place to work. As of October 2017, Florida’s unemployment rate was just 3.6%, or .5% lower than the U.S. unemployment rate. Thriving international trade, tourism, space, agriculture, construction, and service industries bolster the state’s healthy economy. If you’re looking for somewhere with abundant job opportunities, Florida is a fantastic!