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6 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

Just catching up as I haven’t been around in the message boards much recently (sometimes feels like a hotel bar at closing time when the guy who’s been in sales for fifty years wants to tell you the sad story of his life) but congrats on the new locale. We’re working on doing the same, but a little further north into central Florida. 

YIPPEE !!  Come on down !  The weather's great !

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Well, I am now officially re-employed !  Here's the ultimate irony.  It seems I am going to have to fly back to DC to get the badges and equipment I will need to work from Florida.  We threw all of the ideas around (for trying to do it from here) and it just seems that you can't get there from here....so after the first of the year, I will be going BACK up there to get everything formalized...then fly back home and actually start doing the routine stuff.

Since I've essentially been off the job since Feb I am ready to go get back to work.  The nice thing is, I will pretty much be able to work when I want to with a few structured requirements (meetings, etc.).  I will still be doing the travel that I love so it's totally win-win.  It took far longer to get the paperwork done than I had thought it would, but I've been in no hurry so it's all good.  YIPPEE !!

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Nice, how is it going?

 

I was born and raised in Florida, came to NC for college.  I lived 5-10 minutes from the beach my whole childhood.  I did not appreciate that.

Our retirement goal is to live near/ on the beach.  Funny how life circles around like that.

I said I'd never live in Florida again but the benefits are stacking up.

We love to cruise, we (me) love Disney and we love to travel. 

I really like your approach on finding somewhere to live. 

I'm from Pinellas Park FL/, Tampa area.  After listening to you maybe I need to amend that statement of never living in Florida again to Not living in Tampa area.

Nothing against Tampa, just too much for me, I like a smaller city close to a big one.

Heck @twangsteralready convinced me to book an Alaska cruise with his blogs.

Maybe your swaying me to look at Florida again ?

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We love it.  We got out of VA just in time - the weather has been horrible up there so far this winter.  Still shorts weather down here.

19 minutes ago, MicDay said:

I really like your approach on finding somewhere to live. 

Thanks for that.  We felt like we were just swinging in the dark most of the time !  Finally we just decided that since cruising was really our reason for wanting to be here, the smart thing would be to locate to a central location, so that's how we chose Port St. Lucie.  I guess we got lucky...it's really a nice place and we are enjoying it very much.  While not our "dream house" we have a very comfortable rental for the year while our house is being built.  It could certainly have been MUCH worse - and almost was.  We came very close to just settling for an apartment, which would have been very difficult for us, since we are both still [trying] to work.

Come on down !  All the cool kids are moving to FL !

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We built this house we currently are in.  We hit a sweet time to build, our house to build is over $100,000 more than when we did 4 years ago. GF is trying to build a house very similar.

It crazy how much detail cost! 

Our daughter (only child) just graduated at NCSU and is eyeing Savannah GA to live.  So FL would not be too far.  It important for me to live near her and we have nothing tying us here.

I'm adding it to the list, we have a bit of time due to my job.

Good call on the house.  We rented an apartment because our last home sold so quick, nothing like yours.  I thought I'd like apartment living, I hated it.  I love having a garage to start with, it just felt off.  

I'd love to hang with the cool kids, I keep watching the group cruises.  Hopefully one fits and I can meet some of you.

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22 hours ago, teddy said:

I always think I want to move to Florida....then my wife reminds me that we've only been there during winter months.

Haha! I have only been there in August and it was literally the muggiest, heaviest, most oppressive heat I have ever felt, and we had just been to 5 Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico. ? Still, it would be awesome to drive to a cruise (one that doesn't end up in Mexico, San Diego's only option)!

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Everyone says Florida is so muggy and humid and hot

I think that's just the South, we live in NC and it can get just as bad as Florida.

At least in Florida when it rains, it hard and fast than done.

NC rain, is a nice drizzle allllll dayyyyy longggggg

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Resurrecting this one b/c we are about to bring this saga to a close !

Today is final walk-through for the new house.  So excited and yet have the stomach butterflies...

Today is final walk-through and next Wed (9-15) is closing.  We have quite a bit of "stuff" to do after closing so we will not move in until 9-26 but closing will trigger a flurry of activity.

Of note...we are closing almost exactly 1 year to the day from the day we signed the contract.  We signed on 9-19-20 and we will close on 9-15-21.  Closing is EXACTLY 6 months from the day they "broke ground" on the new build.  They started putting in forms for the foundation on 3-15-21.

This is the first new build I have ever done...so I really don't have anything to compare it to, but I will say that I just don't think things could have been any smoother.  Our timing (pure accident !) must have been perfect.  We managed to get most of the outside construction done during the "dry" season so we missed almost NO days to weather.  Those who are in the "outside" phase of the construction right now are missing nearly EVERY single afternoon due to heavy rains. During the initial phase of the development there were considerable problems with delivery of appliances.  There was much wailing from people who got the dreaded "appliance" letter.  We waited, thinking we would surely get one, too....but apparently they had solved the appliance "issue" by the time we came along b/c we had no problems or delays with delivery of ANYthing. (Apparently they got a new appliance vendor somewhere along the line which solved the delivery problem).

So, off we go to do the final inspection.  Wish us luck !!

PS.  We really don't need any luck.  We have been over at that house EVERY f'n day for the past 6 months.  I probably know more about this property than the builders do.  I know where every speck of drywall dust went and Dan has picked up every pebble out of the yard both pre-sod and post-sod.  HA !

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I just caught up and congrats on the new home. I am glad the build was smooth and I am sure the place looks beautiful. 

My mother has a plan to retire to FL in 2024, she has been hounding me to move with her. Its not even something I consider as I hate the heat but I told her I would come for a few months a year, (to coincide with cruising) and visit. 

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On 9/5/2020 at 2:00 PM, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yes, we did use the HOV but honestly it wasn’t necessary.  We chose Port St Lucie precisely b/c of it’s equidistant between the 3 major cruise ports. We literally looked on a map and picked it by geographical position.  Turns out to be a nice place, luckily !

While cruising was shut down, we spent quite some time at Club Med in Port St. Lucie.  We only ventured out of Club Med a little bit, but from what we saw, Port St. Lucie seemed to be very nice.

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Everything went well with the walk-through, but as I said before, we knew exactly what still needs to be done and our Construction Manager is taking care of all of it....not that there's much.

Apparently the builder does not have the gas turned on prior to closing.  I was not aware of this so I need to call the gas company tomorrow and make arrangements for them to come and turn on the gas and check all of the gas appliances.  Not a big deal...just something that I hadn't been aware of before.  I guess that's what final walk-throughs are for...

I mentioned before that we are having some post-closing work done....there are a lot of things that the builder just doesn't do so we are contracting those ourselves to be completed once we are officially the owners.  We are having an epoxy floor coating put on the garage floor, sealing the tile throughout the house (which is all we have...no carpet of any kind), built-ins for the closets, office, entertainment center, garage storage, a very nifty jewelry cabinet for me !, additional kitchen cabinet installs, BIG bird cage fenced enclosure on the back of the house, fans throughout the house, new lighting fixtures (some pendant lights and a new foyer light), whole-house water treatment system, and emergency generator system.  All of this has to be done AFTER the year-long wait to complete the actual house !  Some of it can be done soon, some will take a while.  The bird cage, for instance, will most likely take several months to complete.  They are THAT booked up. So we will be looking forward to another few months of post-construction, construction.  It's going to be a while before we are truly "settled".

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