Sure enough, when Sherry called, the lady asked, what city? I am learning more and more that folks like this lady is actually routing calls. She says, "I will have Kathi get in touch with you." I am sure she has a list of local realtors in different cities and towns.
Kathi called, then sent us a list of houses available in the Deltona area. On our first trip, we preferred to drive around and see if the area appealed to us, and look at some houses I found on the net. We have only driven thru Deltona in I-4, never did any local driving. WE do like the area.
Lisa touched on a subject everyone is familiar with, TAXES. Florida does have a good 'Homestead Exemption' Law. A Reader's Digest version is:
For example, the last time we bought ($80K value) the first year the taxes were $850, the second year with the homestead exemption they dropped below $500.
Also Florida has no personal income tax nor auto inspections. As a traveler I like that. (In the past few years studies have proven that inspections do not lower accidents or traffic deaths.) Florida did have some very stringent inspection rules.
You pay a sales tax when buying a car here, but you do not pay taxes on it yearly. The car tag, is $30. MH tag is about $60. In NC the tax on the MH alone was over $500.
I am very pleased with the Florida DMV service. In NC, where I was raised, the DMV was the PITS. Many times I was sent away to fix something or get something I forgot. The attitude honestly was nasty (I hope it has changed!) Florida? The most pleasant experience. I don't care about my Driver's license pic, but they will shoot it as many times as you want, with a smile! Problems with getting a tag, I have had none, but folks who have, the problems were worked out with a SMILE.
I have used the Florida DMV in 4 different towns, all were nice.
PS: We are getting anxious ot find 'that home'.