So for the first time in years and years Broward County is seeing more people leaving
than people arriving from other states. I wouldn't doubt the same is true for Miami-Dade. Housing costs here are ridiculous, especially since salaries have not caught up.
Worse, those of us longtimers cannot afford to downsize or move neighborhoods because of the exorbitant tax bill we face. If we want to cut costs in retirement, we've got to leave the state.
I'm particularly concerned for my children. They were born and raised here and would like to stay but, even with good jobs, will be chained to huge mortgages -- not to mention tax and insurance escrows -- because real estate prices are so out of whack.
Some say that's the price you pay to live in paradise. I beg to differ, especially when I'm stuck on the Palmetto Expressway in the middle of the day.