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snow bird vs. FT resident?

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Old 05-13-2019, 08:38 AM
ChicagoNative ChicagoNative is offline
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We’ve lived in this area for only 14 months, but have been snowbirding for almost a decade. We’ve loved having an escape back north for the summer where we could see family, friends, and get our “city fix” before returning to Florida for the winter.

That said, we’re returning to Chicago later this week and will be putting our small 3-flat up for sale. As others have mentioned, one can’t help but worry about furnaces, sump pumps, taxes, routine maintenance, and in our case, whether the tenants will pay on time and take care of the place. For us, it’s time for a new chapter. We will likely still “bird” again, but will do a short-term rental.

If you’re thinking of making a permanent move here, perhaps you could consider coming down for the summer......it’s a whole other level of hot. You don’t have to shovel the heat, but it is every bit as uncomfortable as a cold northern winter. Your mileage may vary. Good luck.

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Old 05-13-2019, 09:38 AM
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We were snowbirds for three years (Corning, NY). Although the Summer heat is lower up there, the humidity is near 100% due to the area being a river valley and also the Finger Lakes. With all the amenities at The Villages, we can be active here all year long - play softball, golf, pickle ball, yoga, cards, games, MaJong, etc. Just stay hydrated and there are A/C units all over the place. We use our golf carts for just about everything. Sold our house for the asking price almost immediately. Ultimately, it's the life style that caused us to move here full time. Don't regret it at all.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:13 AM
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We all have our own reasons for doing what we do.....and that's part of what makes this place great. We found that once the kids and grand kids found out they couldn't guilt us into not moving they decided coming here was the best option for them.....in fact, our biggest fear is that they will move here....lol. We travel around the US during July and August staying with friends (some snowbirds from here) or dispersed family and found that has opened up new experiences and opportunities...what a great country we have.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:16 AM
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No reason of keeping two homes (IL & TV) and will save more than 50% of $$$$$ for property taxes, utilities, mortgages (paid in full), landscaping care, tv cable, 'headaches to worry', etc. We really miss IL s fall foliage, all seasons, home designs, and trees, and our son, but don t miss traffic and politics! We love here as it s easy to shop, drive with much less traffic, take a tour somewhere, and mention many more to list.
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:20 PM
DavidLoVullo DavidLoVullo is offline
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I am snowbird but own a village house
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