So one of the reasons we are going fultimeing is to look for a place to homestead. We are looking at places like SC, VA, FL, ect. We're looking at those places because the land is MUCH cheaper than in California. So my question is, What eastern states do you like and why?
Florida. No state income tax among other things. Central to North Florida.
Ocala FL is nice area. Inverness FL is another good area for retirees. Inverness is located in Citrus County if you want to check their property tax rates.
check www.chassaoaks.com for an RV park that sells sites. Near enough to the beach, country atmosphere. They also rent sites if you want to check it out.
We also like Texas near San Antonio.
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Florida, warm winters (if you go south enough) and no income tax plus a two year tag for a MH is $150. Will need someplace else for the summers like the mountains of N GA, NC, or E TN. You need to exercise your MH anyway.
This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.
New Hampshire has no income tax or sales tax. Washington state has no income tax (Oregon has no sales tax). People who live near the OR border have the benefit of hopping the state line to save money.
I'm fulltiming out of WA, in fact I'm wintering in Elma, WA at the Travel Inn RV Resort. Winter here, west of the Cascades, is very mild. When I started looking for a state to be my domicle, after moving out of Olympia WA, I found that some states have high title transfer fees. I decided to stay with WA because I found a CMRA in Aberdeen that only charges $144/year for a mailbox and changing my address on my WA drivers license and WA registrations is free ($10 if I wanted a new drivers license with the new address). That's what I did. I then registered to vote in Grays Harbor County and obtained a library card. Now I'm a resident of Aberdeen, WA.
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Tennesee has a 6% income tax on dividends and interest income, so if that is the biggest piece of your income it is not the best. No income tax on earned income. Sales tax can run from 7.75% on food to 9.75% on other stuff.
Other than the sales tax, TN is IMHO the nicest state in the country. Start about 50 miles east of Nashville and keep going east and it just gets prettier as you go. No offense to anyone, but West TN is a pit.
The main drawback to fulltiming in TN would be your heating and cooling costs. March-June is good. July & August are pretty bad. September through late November is good. December, Jan, & Feb can get pretty ugly. But sometimes we have mild winters, too.
Property taxes are generally very low, zoning in rural counties is usually pretty lenient too. Many counties require you to have 5 acres to put in a septic tank or mobile home, so you would want to check into local regulations.
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Look for places were people do not want to live, the land will always be cheaper there.
Of course you might not want to live there either. Since they tend to be places with harsh climates, no services, limited shopping, etc.
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