so folks if you're considering a move to the paradise of South Florida for retirement where we basically use shovels for sand castles we use salt for margaritas and you've come to the right place I'm Kevin Morris from the Morris group we're one of the top relocation companies here in South Florida and there's anything that you want to know and need to know about relocating here to South Florida we are the place to be so folks get ready to learn more about this incredible opportunity here to retire in South Florida any questions you may have we are the ones to ask we are the ones to get you the answers today we have an incredible video that's going to provide a very comprehensive overview of questions that we've been asked by a lot of folks we're looking to do the same thing to retire down here in South Florida now I will tell you okay probably one of the worst things that you can do is make a decision based upon a lot of indecision so we're going to go ahead and give you some of the definitive information that we've gathered over years of working with folks who are looking to retire here in South Florida and also in the Fort Lauderdale area so let's go ahead and get to it so I guess the first thing is to kind of lay a little bit of a foundation now folks I mean it's no secret that South Florida has has been has been a hotbed of folks coming down here for years and years actually decades okay and it's been a favorite retirement place for many many folks going back to the basically to the 50s and 60s okay but one of the questions that we get asked initially is is that with all the migration that's come down to South Florida in the last couple years is it still a great place to retire now and I understand why you're asking that it's between 2021 and 2022 over 400 000 individuals migrated down to South Florida okay and that leaves people questioning is a really is a really enough space left for me to come down and retire is it something that is worthwhile doing are there still cost effective options for us to do we're going to cover all that and more in our in our video okay and actually in order to kind of give you the best feel and the best flavor for for the south Florida area we're going to go ahead and give you a little treat today okay we're going to actually film most of our video on the Water Taxi so we'll give you a view that most folks don't get a chance to see unless you live down here you'll be seeing South Florida and the Fort Lauderdale area from the water so you'll see what's out there you'll see what's available and you'll hear from other folks that we'll talk to that have that have come down here some folks are coming down here to visit some folks that we're tired down here so we'll go ahead and everything that we can give you [Music] it's like you know we're waiting for the for the water taxi to pick us up now the water taxi is a great deal because basically it's like 35 bucks you get to travel from 10 a.m to 10 p.m you can see anywhere from North Fort Lauderdale all the way down to Hollywood and if you want to you can jump on the corresponding one down in Hollywood so there's a couple of folks sitting here we just want to go ahead and see if we can bother them a little bit you know on those nice Sunday afternoon so so hey folks um you know we're local Realtors here in South Florida okay do you mind if I ask you a few questions not at all oh terrific do you guys are you guys down here visiting or are you residents we have residents great um how long have y'all been down here okay and just if you don't mind me asking kind of what brought you down here we came down to Florida and we enjoyed it and we said why if you don't mind me asking where are you from in the north new [Music] I'll tell you you're not alone with lot of folks coming down from New York so um so yeah I mean you know there's a lot of folks that have come down from New York a lot of folks come down from Jersey and from Massachusetts so um by the way what is your name my name is Kevin okay this is my uh my partner in crime Suzanne if you don't mind me asking what is your name Bill Marcia terrific well it's wonderful to meet you guys so hopefully we'll be able to hang out with y'all on the uh on the water tax that's going in there so um but again you know um I just had a kind of a little more curiosity because you know that's basically how I am um you know to basically to the detriment of my wife um but uh but you know I mean are there I appreciate it I appreciate that I appreciate that you're definitely part of a minority but um but just out of curiosity what are some of the things that some of the challenges that you all kind of saw in coming down here I mean I have to think that sometimes even when you're coming in from some places that's as much of a metropolis and so it's Cosmopolitan is New York especially the Manhattan area okay you're still going to run into some some questions and some challenges we came down because our kids live in Texas okay Indiana okay and New Jersey and we said you know it would take us the same amount of time by going by plane they could come here a week ago visit them but we went to visit the one in New Jersey by car it took us two and a half hours to get there meanwhile it could take us two and a half hours to get to Florida you know forget about the connection time honestly being from Northeast Georgia I can certainly relate to that it would take me two and a half hours to get to Atlanta even though I only live 17 miles away so I can certainly relax that one um you know and it's kind of the same for us we um we basically we moved to South Florida um and because our kids had moved out okay and they kind of moved around and everything but we've noticed that with with us being down in South Florida now especially during the winter months okay our kids coming our kids come and visit us that's right okay and it's a lot nicer now I will say with a little bit of um a little I hope so we have some family members that with a little bit of Envy I will call them in January and February and let them know that basically I got to go inside because basically it's a it's it's noon I've been out even after a couple hours but I'm getting sunburned because it's getting 90 degrees it's true and especially my brother-in-law who lives in Montana where and you know in January typically gets down to like minus 90.
So um but no it's just I love it we live now in Pompano okay we've lived in Las Olas we lived in Fort Lauderdale on the intercoastal and now we're living in Pompano okay and we love it in each area is its own its own additional advantages and and advantages that we enjoy terrific that's terrific but and if we had to do it over again any one of the police three places we've been at we would we would do it again let's go back here or here or here and believe it and believe it or not this is the first time we have taken the water taxi and I can't believe how great it is oh terrific that's wonderful wonderful we have we have passed through where we lived in Las Olas we have passed through in Fort Lauderdale and from here we lived maybe three blocks away from here so the first time we were in Fort Lauderdale well wow that's that's interesting you never took advantage of that so and knowing that there were so many things you could see this is this is phenomenal we have gone on the Jungle Queen which is phenomenal because we've gone there at night time with our grandchildren and um you take it at six o'clock at night they show you probably the same things at the water taxi is doing with these who lived where and everything they go to their private island and you see they were like how neat is that private island six or seven people out there with waiters uniforms serving you a full-course meal all you can eat and then you get a four act show I mean it's it's beautiful I mean could you you gotta love that you gotta love that I originally thought the Jungle Queen was it little jungle but being a resident I think is a fabulous place to be and this last time when our grandkids came out like two weeks ago and they're older 19 and 20 and 16.
We took them to Taverna oppa in Hollywood and this restaurant dancing on the tables and like four or five belly dances and they're all on the tables and they're probably got napkins this was terrific that's gotta be it had to be a blast phenomena the entertainment here is phenomenal the restaurants are phenomenal I would say 90 of the restaurants I would I would revisit definitely have you seen always the ones that you don't want to go back to all right have you seen have you seen any indications where basically they kind of appreciate the fact that you are retirees and you're coming down here if you see where they kind of give consideration to that they all definitely do our kids look forward to coming down to visit us in Florida great grandkids terrific the kids as well as the grandkids look how wonderful is that with eight great eight grand eight grandchildren oh my goodness great well congratulations we've only got the one but hey you know we're always we're always hoping for more right sis that's right so it's been wonderful so we're waiting for the water taxi to come back terrific well if you don't mind we'll join you and maybe we'll chit chat some more terrific wonderful thanks you know folks the recent info is coming down to South Florida and the Fort Lauderdale area has resulted in a significant change in the housing market down Fort Lauderdale and down in the whole and the south Florida area as a whole so we're gonna see if we can bother our friends here a little bit in just a few minutes to kind of get their perspective on things but one of the things that's of importance to retirees coming down here is that back in 1995 they they actually put into place it was a legislation called the housing for older persons act or hopa as we in the real estate Community refer to it and basically what it means is it comes around to make sure that folks that are over 55 are not being discriminated against when it comes to housing that was the original intent one of the things that's actually really achieved is something that's very very significant that it's actually created some of the most wonderful communities where folks that are 55 and over whether and they're active and and whatnot they can get together they can meet people with with similar interests similar likes okay and similar Lifestyles and folks these this these housing these housing plans the communities they they range anywhere from from basically condos to single-family homes I mean you have some some very well-known condos and very well-known places like Century Village and Kings Point you have some very very well-known uh single-family home communities like Del Webb but we're going to go ahead and when we jump on the on the Water Taxi here we're gonna see if we can bother Marsh and Bill a little bit more thing and some of the concerns that they have on the on the Housing Community all right so come along with us because here we go so you know as we previously indicated there are a lot of folks would come down to South Florida in general and Fort Lauderdale in particular and one of the first questions that folks asked is you know is there still affordable housing down here well the answer the short answer is yes there are now you do need to look around for it that's working with exports like Suzanne and myself and our team come into play but basically from a single family home perspective you can still find single-family homes that are in anywhere mid 200 thousands I mean they go up to like three and four million and of course there's some of the ones we're going to see on our boat ride today that are going to be basically 10 15 20 million as a matter of fact there's one that's rumored to be almost as much as 90 million and honestly if folks if you are looking to buy that house the standpoint of retiring down here you definitely need to call me right away so we can get that get you into that house quick as possible you know one of the things Kevin is which is very interesting is to me is that people will buy a home and it's not even just for the home it's for the this is this is true this is very true especially the Waterfront here so one of the things we're really seeing is that a lot of folks are really interested in condo life okay we've done a couple of videos on condos and condo life here in South Florida and in Fort Lauderdale but basically I mean well and you'll see them pop up in the screen exactly you'll see you'll be seeing them pop up now condos there are condos are still very affordable from the standpoint of a purchase price very affordable anywhere from the high 80s up into I mean you can still see condos that are a million million and a half but basically they run the gamut so there are some specific uh concerns and specific issues regarding condos that you're going to want to know about before you make a decision on buying a condo we strongly encourage you to reach out to Suzanne or myself or any one of our team members so you can get some of the information on condos as far as like condo fees as far as reserves insurance and stuff like that okay but you know the other thing is is that one of the questions that we get asked is that you know we understand that there's the hope of thing that's going on where folks there's communities that are created for folks that are over 55 so they're taking basically combat reverse discrimination okay but there are other things to do for folks and and folks yeah there are there there are all kinds of communities as we said we pointed out some of the ones like uh like Century Village Point out some of the ones like King's Point and Del Webb there are also a lot of other little little smaller communities they're not quite as National as some of the other ones but they also they they are they're very very nice communities and they have a lot of amenities for folks that are folks that are looking for not just anybody but folks but folks that are over 55 they have they have managed care facilities if you need it they have memory care if you need it if there's something that you need from the folks that are just looking to kind of come to scale down a little bit okay some of those condos and some of those communities have they have clubhouses they have swimming pools they have exercise rooms they have social clubs they have all kinds of things going on and not and not surprisingly a lot of those places also will sponsor sponsor kinds of trips and to go around we'll talk about some more of those types of things in a little bit a little bit later in our video but there's all kinds of amenities that are available in in some of the associations and some of the communities that that are basically here for folks are looking to retire or Folks at over 55.
Okay Kevin what are some of the communities in it around Fort Lauderdale a lot of the smaller towns have actually places like Tarpon Point River Florida by the sea is one that actually has a lot actually the whole the whole Community that's a good point Seuss and learn that by the Sea the whole Community itself is kind of it it's kind of Taken on that 45 to 70 kind of a Vibe around there so you know there's a lot of information to cover around housing and around living and whatnot but I think some of the big things that people are looking for what they've asked us about is in addition to housing and home prices okay other air things around there that you can kind of enjoy okay and I'll tell you that between Fort Lauderdale and the Fort Lauderdale area you have parks that actually are set up to basically accommodate folks that are over 55 I mean they have reduced fees for folks at over 55. they also have amenities that are geared around that if you need if you need a little bit of assistance they have wider uh sidewalks wider walk ways for that they have little ramps to get in and out okay one of the probably one of the most significant things that Fort Lauderdale in the State of Florida as a whole but Fort Lauderdale really works on a Broward county is that there if you if you move down here and you make one of the properties down here primary residence you get a homestead exemption if you're over 50 over 65 you get an increased exemption and that could be as much as fifty thousand dollars off the assessed value of your home which makes your real estate taxes a whole heck of a lot more affordable okay now as we've said before we've talked about this before about living down here Florida is one of the few States left in the country that doesn't have a state income tax so if you're looking to make your make your retirement income go a little bit further not have to pay state income tax South Florida and Fort Lauderdale is certainly an area to look at because it will make your it will make your your retirement dollars go a little bit further so hey you know what here's our friends martian Bill maybe we can bug them a little bit more so hey folks hey do you mind if I ask you a few more questions I know I'm kind of a pain in the neck sometimes but but but my wife my wife tolerates me so Tylenol does work this is true and when all else fails there's always you know uh stonly or you know or yeah you guys had mentioned early on that you've lived in a couple different places down here yeah what have you found that's interesting about there what do you have some challenging about the housing market where do you find it's been interesting about the housing market well we first moved to Las Olas and we really liked it because you can walk down Las Olas all the stores it's like big city yeah well the restaurants and then after about five years we decided we should move on the intercoastal okay so we moved to Fort Lauderdale and we went down by the sea yes and it was wonderful we would walk Florida by the sea is one of our favorite places to go great I mean great they redid it recently they're beautiful in a community like a home community so and you recently you mentioned that you guys now live in Pompano yes okay and where about some if you don't want me to ask you don't get too personal about it but we live around there we live in Palm Bay okay oh Palmyra is one of the uh it's one of the Premier uh condo communities here yeah um now is that is that a an all ages Community or it's all late okay so now it's all ages there's older people younger people children everybody kind of seems to get along well and stuff like that as far as I know as far as you're concerned right well terrific it may be a few exceptions but no yeah there is it there is anytime you have three or more people there's going to be a few exceptions one thing about Palm Air is that the apartments are very large okay okay it was it was pre-war yeah and we were very lucky that our apartment was done oh wow that's wonderful everything the way we would fix did ourselves ours was like move-in ready oh terrific all we needed was a toothbrush in your clothes and they're deodorant and clothes there you go yes so and I'm a swimmer so I decided to do water aerobics so I do that I have 16 people that follow me you know how cool is that you know and folks we talked about having you know kind of kind of activities for adults and there we have somebody who basically sets up water aerobics at where they live so the folks can come and work out I mean how neat is that such good friends that we also socialize we go to different places we went to the Bonnet house we've gone to the Norton Museum trying to think I can't think of everything there's there's definitely no shortage of places to go visit down here have you seen that have you seen some of the places do they are they are they are they again you know are they senior senior retiree friendly I mean you get like discounted raids and stuff like that a lot of places are they do give you a discount rate for uh seniors okay which we'll get to you know in a few years from now when you become seniors exactly right now we're still Juniors we have met such nice people and in addition we met the both of you that's terrific I know Kevin and Suzanne we want to be your friend there you go that's terrific terrific and now what are aerobics that she teaches I mean it's a very ages I think from 30 to about 95.
Wow now that's incredible you have somebody who's 95 years old phenomenal that's wonderful so folks if you have any questions about things that are about activities that are available here's proof positive that you have somebody that took it upon themselves to set up their own water aerobics uh kind of classes for folks and they have folks that come in there basically spanning almost 40 years of age now how I mean there's not many other places that you can go to where you find in the water aerobics is oh that's even better so folks folks Palm Air Pompano Beach martian Bill water aerobics so folks you know I'm Kev and we're living in Fort Lauderdale with Kevin sues okay we're one of the original YouTube channels down here for the Fort Lauderdale area okay and one of the things that we love doing more than helping everybody else who with any kind of real estate related questions because Suzanne and I are both we are both licensed Realtors okay it's basically sharing the area around around Fort Lauderdale in the area of South Florida especially areas like Pompano Beach where folks of folks have been asking us about specific information we love sharing that information with everybody we love showing everybody basically you know where we live and why we love living here so if you have any questions at all please feel free to give us a call shoot us a text drop us an email DM us okay or click on the link below and you can go ahead and set up a a 40 to 45 minute session where you can talk about Pompano Beach Fort Lauderdale South Florida any kind of real estate related issues or questions you guys may have make sure that you click the Bell to get notified every time we drop a new video out so you can subscribe please hit like if you like it okay and if for some reason you didn't like it please let us know so we can make improvements okay and also please if you would share this with all your friends and family so they can get kind of the 4-1-1 on everything going on around here in Pompano Beach the Fort Lauderdale area and South Florida south Florida in general and Fort Lauderdale more specifically has made a tremendous stride in the last in the last five to ten years in regards to providing you know kind of public and private assistance they encourage a lot of folks they recognize that there's been an influx of a lot of folks coming in that that wasn't part of the orig of their the longer term demographic of being over 55.
So they're doing a lot of things to basically encourage all kind is a public and private assistance for you know for for seniors I mean it's and let's face it some folks when they come down here things change okay and they come down here with all intentions of basically retiring down here and and situations change we've had covid we've had issues with uh you know with the economies changing and whatnot so there are a lot of programs available specifically for seniors both from the county of Broward and from the city of Fort Lauderdale to provide assistance there's there's assistance with temporary assistance with housing if need be there's there are lots of free clinics that offer free medication that offer free physicals and free Physicians visits other areas close by that offer rental assistance that offer assistance down payment assistance to bring folks down here I mean folks Fort Lauderdale does not want to move away from space for the longest time has been you know has been basically a Haven for retirees to come down and they want to do a lot of they want to do as much as they possibly can continue to encourage that and the other thing too is that I mean I don't want to dwell on all the things that may not be may be necessarily unpleasant to folks but a lot of assistance is available for example there are you know some of some of the most significant Employers in Fort Lauderdale we're talking about Walmart we're talking about Target we're talking about lows we're talking about Home Depot they they are specifically looking to hire seniors and we're hire retirees so if you want to come down here get a little part-time gig going on okay to kind of enjoy yourself give you something to do a little bit of spending coin it's a terrific thing it's a beautiful thing and and Fort Lauderdale and Broward County these very very strongly encourage that the other thing too is that I and one thing it's it's often overlooked I feel actually kind of bad I probably should you know cash size myself for not thinking this sooner but there are all types of volunteer activities down here there are a significant number of major Charities we're talking the Red Cross we're talking Leukemia Lymphoma Society talking American Cancer Society we're talking a lot of places down here that off that are looking for volunteers to basically help out and do what they can do and help out wherever they can so I mean there's oh there's all kinds of opportunity for seniors coming down to look to retire so I mean basically it's the point I'm trying to make is that coming down here as a retiree basically doesn't mean that you're going to be cooped up in a condo or cooped up in a house there's a lot that you can do now folks there's all kinds of great and wonderful things for retirees to do down in South Florida and also that and more specifically in the Fort Lauderdale area for example there are four major casinos there's hard the Hollywood Hard Rock Casino there's the Isles Casino which is now owned by Harris there's the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino there's a casino Dania Beach so if you know if gaming a little bit of a little bit gain some chances in your is in your thing is in your uh your life that's terrific okay there are also all kinds of of most of the schools down here most of the colleges universities down here they offer free or very very low cost classes for seniors they want to come down here they I mean they love to get the feedback love to get the Imp of what's going on not to mention the fact that let's face it folks you're in South Florida okay you're close to the Everglades you're close to the keys there are all kinds of things that are going on on around the Everglades and around the keys to basically be able to to have things for you to do I mean exactly I mean I mean addition to this wonderful place where we are right now on the Water Taxi and our new friends Marsh and Bill you can go to the Gulf Stream which is a nice a nice Casino area has horse racing you can get into Hollywood you can walk to broad walk in Hollywood which is two and a half miles long and 40 feet wide you can go down to Fort Lauderdale Beach there's all kinds of activities there for basically for seniors and they welcome us they you know they offer all kinds of incentives including sometimes free and reduced costs for things for seniors to do Fort Lauderdale is a warm sunny City with beautiful beaches a vibrant art scenes and just a wonderful environment okay and it's a great place for retirees to come and and whether whether you want to have an active life whether you're looking to kind of kick back and kind of lay back a little bit it's a great to retire to if you have any questions about Fort Lauderdale or South Florida any questions you have at all about housing any questions about real estate if you're thinking if you have any any questions in regards to it's just a good place for you to help for you to retire to please feel free to reach 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