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Posted by Curbie on June 6, 2009, 6:15 pm
I want to move out of Florida I think its gotten too crowded over the
past 25 years, but I'm not sure where. The alternative energy numbers
look good for Nebraska, but my friends are pitching a fit about that
idea, "there's nothing there" they say and I can't move someplace just
because of numbers on some spread-sheet.

Was just going to pack up and go to Nebraska and look for a place,
can't imagine their idea (this one) is much better, but what can it

So, does anyone know of a place I can buy or have suggestions on how
they would go about finding one? I'm looking for:

1)    Good wind resource.
2)    Small distressed but non-condemned house on 4+ acres of land.
3)    Cooler average temperature. (heating is easier than cooling)
4)    Rural unincorporated county.

My family moved around a lot when I was a kid, and I happy where ever
we were so I don't really care where, as long as the numbers support
my alternative energy plans.



Posted by vaughn on June 6, 2009, 6:44 pm

I have looked at some of the same issues since I retired, but there are
still a few things holding us in Florida.  Before you move, research tax
rates!  Remember that you are living in a state with no income tax and
(compared to some other states) fairly low property taxes.  Are you retired?
A few states have income taxes, but don't tax retirement income.  (Yes, many
states even tax Social Security income)  Do your research or pay!

Also don't forget to consider heating costs if you choose a northern state.


Posted by Curbie on June 6, 2009, 8:18 pm

Good points, I've looked into tax rates, both income and property, I'm
sure they'll be a factor in my decision, exactly how much is location

Yes, no, maybe? I don't get up every day and go to work, haven't done
so for years, I have money coming in from various businesses, but
still have 10 years or so before retirement age?

There's no guarantee that Florida (or any other state) won't implement
an income tax, or raise property taxes, in Florida's case, I doubt
that we'll be able to sustain current population growth with the
current tax structure, the money has to come from somewhere?

Solar thermal, build large once, can expect 20-30 years of service, a
greater life expectancy then me :-}



Posted by vaughn on June 6, 2009, 11:08 pm

   Not without a significant chance in the Florida Constitution!  (not

   Yep, that is much more likely.  That said, Florida's property tax is
cheap compared to some states, (perhaps expensive compared to others).  Of
course, the price of homeowner's insurance is crazy compared to some states.
Our highest State Farm bill was around $,500.  (We told them to go to hell
and went without until we found a better deal.)

     Great!  Let's just decide not to grow.

   There's a plan!


Posted by wmbjkREMOVE on June 6, 2009, 6:55 pm

If you can change your thinking a bit on #3, there's lots in AZ. For
example, a friend near me was killed recently, and his heirs want to
turn his place into cash. 2.5 acres in the middle of nowhere, 35 miles
to a decent town, nearest neighbor (other than javelina and
rattlesnakes) 1/2 mile, an entire junk yard of travel trailers,
storage trailers, even an underground bunker, could all be yours for
$0k according to local rumor. I'm sure there are plenty more if you
like that sort of thing. Standard building code was introduced
recently though.  :-(  The usual approach is install a mobile home,
add a small solar setup, use propane for heating, generator for water
well pumping (or haul), satellite internet, and cell phone. Such areas
aren't good for kids though unless you plan to home school.


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