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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Yes Florida is great.   They also have Jimmy Buffett and not Oprah.  Another bonus no Rahm Emanuel

Sep 06, 2017 05:00 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't have an elevator speech vis-a-vis Florida or any other place. What I will say is that one reason we selected Charlotte as a place to move 20 years ago is because the liklihood of earthquakers, floods, tornados, hurricanes, mud slides, etc. was much lower here than in many other places.

Sep 06, 2017 04:14 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I love Florida - it's so beautiful, the beaches are so blue and white and the people are scary friendly for an LA girl like me!
HOWEVER, the humidity and the large flying bugs are a dealbreaker.
Since I am currently in love with the TV show Claws, I may rethink it. Rethought. Stil no. Not even for Desna, Riva and Uncle Daddy! 

Sep 06, 2017 09:43 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 We have more Ritz Carltons than anywhere else in the world.

Sep 06, 2017 06:37 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

In the summer it is hot everywere...maybe even hotter in Chicago.  What about the Chicago snowstorms? 

How do you show property driving on ice?Whats the big deal with bugs? What bugs?

What...? Chicago does not have wacky people? Don't they have the most killings?

I first visited Florida on my honeymoon and always wanted to live here.  Not interested in moving. 

No elevator speech for you...


Sep 06, 2017 04:46 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Everybody has to live somewhere.   

Sep 06, 2017 04:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It is a personal choice. I live in the land of wacky people in CA - earthquakes.

Sep 06, 2017 09:27 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

a beautiful place to live and have a tan year 'round....

Sep 06, 2017 06:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

As a Chicago resident and Florida transplant, it all depends! If you love the water, fishing and golf Florida is for you and the negatives go away!

Sep 06, 2017 05:35 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Every place has it's stuff.

We tend to embrace the stuff with which we are familiar.

My preference is to raise all the bridges and allow not a single additional 'Northlander" across the border. They want Florida to look like a NJ mall.

I'll deal with that which which I am familiar.

Sep 06, 2017 05:26 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Florida is a beautiful state; let them go to Florida - in a few years, many of them come back to NC - we call them half-backs!

Sep 06, 2017 05:19 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

All I can say is  San Diego, CA is Heaven on Earth for me, I'm glad folks choose to live elsewhere so our traffic stays tolerable.

Sep 06, 2017 05:06 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Depends on where in Florida.

Sep 06, 2017 04:37 AM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Three word speech: Ohio in January

Sep 06, 2017 03:48 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John Bear - Where Life Lives...

Sep 06, 2017 10:22 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Love the beaches and sand. It tends to clear the mental cobwebs. We have owned for 23 years and survived several storms. The smell of the air when I arrive at my condo is worth it all by itself. 

Sep 06, 2017 07:58 PM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

I wouldnt live anywhere else, but you aren't me so do what makes you happy. If you don't like Florida don't move here and complain about it. 

Sep 06, 2017 03:00 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It may be a good place to park your van in the winter John, or spring break.

Sep 06, 2017 02:50 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm sorry John, but I live in Southern California, a stone's throw from Venice Beach, Hollyweird, Beverly Hills and "Hollywood & Vine".  Between that and our legislature, we own the crown for wackiest people and biggest crackpots.


I've made a friend on Bigger Pockets who is a firearms dealer in Florida.  Some of the guns you can buy there is the elevator speech for moving there.

Sep 06, 2017 11:54 AM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I lived in northeast Florida for almost 29 years and we never once had a direct hit from a hurricane.  The weather is good and there is no state income tax so for me, the benefits outweigh the potential of getting hit by a storm.  My advice is to be vigilant and leave early if there is a threat of a hurricane.

Sep 06, 2017 11:42 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

There are pros and cons to living there, how many hurricans do they get a year.  Now the bugs and snakes, no thank you.


Sep 06, 2017 10:41 AM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Humidity?  Have you been in Panama? It's worst! and almost 25% of their residents in the City are from North America. Every year many retired people come here to live permanent and they love it. Remember there is not a perfect place as long its perfect for you.

Sep 06, 2017 10:01 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It's still a paradise! Just be prepared.

Sep 06, 2017 08:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I recommend Virginia and Maryland.

Sep 06, 2017 07:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Every place has issues of one sort or another. I have no desire to live in Florida, but loves of people LOVE it!

Sep 06, 2017 07:19 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Easy for against. You said it yourself. Humidity, bugs, extra dose of wacky people and hurricanes. Isn't that enough? 

Sep 06, 2017 07:14 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Your elevator speech (in the form of a question) just worked on me.  I don't like humidity, bugs, wacky people or hurricanes... so guess I won't be moving to Florida.  

Sep 06, 2017 07:09 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Alligators. -Kasey

Sep 06, 2017 06:56 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


To each his/her own.

Sep 06, 2017 06:56 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

Chicagoland has negatives??

Sep 06, 2017 05:53 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I love to spend time in certain parts of Florida during certain seasons but I have no desire to live there. I wouldn't even want to stay there for several months out of the year.

Sep 06, 2017 05:41 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Dennis Swartz nailed this one!

Sep 06, 2017 04:48 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This to will pass!

Sep 07, 2017 11:57 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

At this moment, I'm not sure I can say anything.

Sep 07, 2017 08:24 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The ocean, great fish to eat, and I love palm trees.

Sep 06, 2017 06:30 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I think more people should move there as it will keep my area from getting to crowded!!!!

Sep 06, 2017 06:13 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Having lived in CA - home of wackiest Americans in the country and considering Chicago leads the country in killings...


Yah well worth it LOL

Sep 06, 2017 05:36 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I am all for living there during the winter, but not sure i could do it all year. I hate bugs, humidity and crazy people

Sep 06, 2017 05:11 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I am not a heat and humidity person, so I am not able to help with this one. I'd prefer to be in the mountains, personally.

Sep 06, 2017 08:20 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

John Bear No where seems to be safe from Mother Nature anymore. Looks like we may be having another one coming up the Coast.

Sep 06, 2017 06:21 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If you like having to make many adjustments to find quality of life go Florida

Sep 06, 2017 06:20 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have a great speech for living in Bucks county.

Sep 06, 2017 05:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

People have to live in a place they are comfortable with, no matter what the obstacles.

Sep 09, 2017 08:14 AM