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Advice please on spending the winters in Florida

Old Jan 28th 2015, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by jean1947 View Post
Channel 4 have programmes, "Place in the Sun" where they take you to the area and show you up to 5 homes in and around your price range. Check out their website.
BBC also advertise doing the same
Surely the reality show "Holiday Home Visa Nightmares" is long overdue.
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If I were buying I'd pick Tampa/St. Petersberg/Clearwater near the beach. It's on the Gulf, beautiful beaches. Nice communities, very moderate.
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Not normally in the US.
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Old Jan 28th 2015, 10:08 pm
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Not normally in the US.
Go on, give us a clue!
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Originally Posted by ottotheboar View Post
There is plenty of choice in Florida with a wide range of prices.
Before you take the plunge try renting for a month or so in an area you have an interest in. Websites like VRBO - The Most Popular Vacation Rental Site in the US (vacation rentals by owner) offer a lot of choice.
Good idea. We've used VRBO.com many times, often renting for a month at a time, I'm sure you could get a 3 month rental so you would get a good feel for different areas and do some research on buying a place.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
Go on, give us a clue!
Perhaps he means "A place in the sun" which is described on the Channel 4 website as:

The show that helps house hunters find dream holiday homes all over Europe with advice from international property experts
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Old Jan 28th 2015, 10:26 pm
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Originally Posted by sir_eccles View Post
Perhaps he means "A place in the sun" which is ......
So he was responding to something three posts earlier, and on a different page.
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The clearwater beach area is lovely.....there is a small expat community here....gorgeous beach...good rental opportunities (especially during spring break and the summer) and only and hour and 20 minutes from orlando. It's very pedestrian and has some public transportation....I moved here from the UK nearly 5 years ago and love it :-)
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Here comes the BE killjoy post. I saw something at PBS that may put people off of Florida or at least make readers mindful and cautious. The state is very prone to sinkholes, and all would be wise to check a geological map to determine if the property is on solid ground.

People have lost their homes and even their lives from ground that collapses under them. This is caused by Florida's natural limestone water caves below ground and human activities above ground.

NOVA | Sinkholes—Buried Alive
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Sink holes are very common in Maine too so I can't win.
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...... I saw something at PBS that may put people off of Florida or at least make readers mindful and cautious. The state is very prone to sinkholes, and all would be wise to check a geological map to determine if the property is on solid ground. ....
Originally Posted by Southy_SWFC View Post
Sink holes are very common in Maine too so I can't win.
Sinkholes are a risk across much of America, though they form for very different reasons in different areas.

If there was an easy way to determine if a house is "on solid ground" in Florida (i) it would be mortgage lender requirement to get the "sinkhole status" checked/certified, and (ii) it would be a code requirement before houses could be built. In practice the start of a sinkhole is a relatively tiny geological flaw several hundred feet below ground level and is for all practical purposes impossible to predict, or to detect until it is about to appear at ground level. "Consulting a map" is IMO a complete waste of time, because although some areas might have more sinkholes than others, given that sinkholes rarely form close together, you might as well look to buy a house on a street where there has already been one sinkhole because a second one on the same street is statistically unlikely.

While there is a risk of sink holes in Florida, it is a very small risk and I could make a long list of better reasons to not move to Florida than "the risk of sinkholes".

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Old Jan 31st 2015, 3:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Southy_SWFC View Post
Sink holes are very common in Maine too so I can't win.
My state is OK except for the highlands at our far western border. Looking at the USGS map (links below), it seems that sinkholes are more likely along mountain ranges in my part of New England--ski areas & hiking country like the Appalachian Trail....

But in Florida the problem looks to be state-wide unfortunately. The center of the state seems particularly prone to them (dotted line)....

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/geology/g...evelopment.htm

Redirect to another web page

Is Florida doomed then? Sea rise may wipe out its coast while the rest of the state may sink into holes.........

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Old Jan 31st 2015, 5:31 pm
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Default Re: Advice please on spending the winters in Florida

Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
Sinkholes are a risk across much of America, though they form for very different reasons in different areas.

If there was an easy way to determine if a house is "on solid ground" in Florida (i) it would be mortgage lender requirement to get the "sinkhole status" checked/certified, and (ii) it would be a code requirement before houses could be built. In practice the start of a sinkhole is a relatively tiny geological flaw several hundred feet below ground level and is for all practical purposes impossible to predict, or to detect until it is about to appear at ground level. "Consulting a map" is IMO a complete waste of time, because although some areas might have more sinkholes than others, given that sinkholes rarely form close together, you might as well look to buy a house on a street where there has already been one sinkhole because a second one on the same street is statistically unlikely.

While there is a risk of sink holes in Florida, it is a very small risk and I could make a long list of better reasons to not move to Florida than "the risk of sinkholes".
In the Nova episode they explained clearly why Florida is more prone than other areas. The reasons are purely geological and began long before snowbirds arrived to buy condos. The show had a surveyor poking the ground with a pole, and it slipped straight down into the empty air pockets. That's where sinkholes are.

I thought it was quite shocking. This site may help.

FGS - Sinkholes in Florida
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Originally Posted by sir_eccles View Post
Perhaps he means "A place in the sun" which is described on the Channel 4 website as:
'Place in the Sun' also do a 'Winter Sun' programme, which centre on places like Canaries and Florida
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Originally Posted by manekeniko View Post
Here comes the BE killjoy post. I saw something at PBS that may put people off of Florida or at least make readers mindful and cautious. The state is very prone to sinkholes, and all would be wise to check a geological map to determine if the property is on solid ground.

People have lost their homes and even their lives from ground that collapses under them. This is caused by Florida's natural limestone water caves below ground and human activities above ground.

NOVA | Sinkholes—Buried Alive
The United Kingdom has sinkholes: Terrifying sinkholes that are opening up all over Britain | Daily Mail Online

They also happen in my neck of the woods: The looming sinkhole crisis - LA Times
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