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"You Don't Have To Live Like This"

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Thursday, February 28, 2013

"I got off the plane in California last January and felt the warmth and the sunshine... in the depth of my New Jersey winter.  
 
"I thought to myself, 'You don't have to live like this.'"
 
My friend wants out of New Jersey... for a warmer, more business-friendly state, like my own state of Florida. He will certainly not be the only one making such a move.
 
I predict a massive migration of people will follow my friend's lead in the next few years. The facts are just too darn attractive to ignore.  
 
Any rational person with the ability to move should move.
 
You should move because – relative to the northeastern U.S. – Florida today offers three huge benefits... 
 
•   As my friend noted, it has warm weather in the winters.
   
•   Florida has no state income taxes, as I explained earlier this month. New Jersey's highest state income tax rate is roughly 9%. So you give yourself a raise of roughly 9% just by moving from New Jersey to Florida.
    
•   And right now, it has fantastic real estate values. That's starting to change. But in terms of what I expect, you ain't seen nuthin' yet.
 
My friend told me he's paying more than $1,000 a month for a one-bedroom apartment in New Jersey.  
 
My Florida colleague Brett Eversole told him: "I pay less than you do in rent... and I have a three-bedroom, two-bath home a half-mile from the beach with a fenced-in yard and a two-car garage.
 
And I told my friend that the median home price in Orlando is dirt-cheap – just $128,000. My friend couldn't believe it – $128,000 – for a house? That had to be something unique to Orlando, right?  
 
Wrong... I live closer to Jacksonville. The median price in Jacksonville a year ago was $110,000.
 
But prices are moving...
 
Prices are up $20,000 from a year earlier in Orlando. That is an extraordinary move in prices... but I believe even more price "jumps" are coming... That's because the number of homes on the market now in Orlando is at an eight-year low. Prices rise when there's no supply.
 
In Jacksonville, the median price is $136,000. Prices have jumped by $26,000 in just the last year. But $136,000 is still extremely reasonable by Northeast standards... and you get much more home for that price, too.
 
If you're a regular DailyWealth reader, you know that I have been POUNDING THE TABLE, urging you to buy Florida real estate. At first, I felt like the only voice out there saying the real estate boom would return.
 
Our True Wealth Systems databases told us that very moment was the greatest moment in American history to buy a house. We knew that homes in America were more affordable than they've ever been in our lifetimes.  
 
This was because of two things: 1) the greatest housing bust in our lifetimes... and 2) mortgage rates at all-time lows. Take a look at this 100-year chart of mortgage rates from our True Wealth Systems database to see what I mean... 
 
U.S. Mortgage Rates Are Near All-Time Lows
 
Sure enough, the gains in Florida home prices have been phenomenal over the last year... But you ain't seen nuthin' yet.
 
That's because, again, relative to most of the northeastern U.S., Florida offers three huge benefits today: warm weather in the winters, no state income taxes, and fantastic real estate values.
 
These three facts will compel millions of Americans like my friend in New Jersey to get OUT of colder, high-tax states like New Jersey... and move to warm-and-cheap states like Florida.
 
This "migration" will push home prices in Florida up to all-time highs in years to come.
 
This week, I went standup paddle surfing near my home in Florida... wearing just a pair of shorts. Now that is the right lifestyle in February!  
 
You might think that you'd have to pay a premium to live this lifestyle. But you don't... Real estate is in the $130,000 range in major Florida towns.
 
If you're sitting in a cold, high-tax state, thinking about buying Florida real estate... STOP thinking and do something about it.
 
Prices are moving up. And as I've explained, they will keep moving up. Get on it! 
 
Good investing, 
 
Steve




Further Reading:

Some of the smartest guys Steve knows are saving tens of thousands – or even hundreds of thousands – of dollars each year by relocating to a state like Florida. And it's not just a "millionaire" thing... Get the details here: The Smartest Guys I Know Are Moving... Should You, Too? 
 
Read more about the real estate opportunities in Florida here.

Market Notes


A SURPRISING COMMODITY PERFORMANCE

With today's chart, we check in on the "sideways market" in commodities... one that surprises a lot of people.
 
If you watch mainstream financial media for a week, you're likely to hear someone say commodity prices are soaring due to the debasement of the U.S. dollar (aka "inflation"). And while this is a serious future concern, today's chart shows that commodity prices aren't soaring at all.
 
One of the most widely used gauges of commodity prices is the "CRB Index." It tracks the price action in basic raw materials like copper, crude oil, natural gas, gold, sugar, cotton, and nickel.
 
As you can see from our chart, the CRB Index sat around 300 in early 2005. Since then, it has "boomed and busted" several times. All this wild volatility has produced zero gains, however. This week, the CRB still sits around... 300. For now, the popular belief that a sinking dollar is producing rising commodity prices is bunk.
 
– Brian Hunt 
 
CRB Index Shows the Sideways Market in Commodities

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