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Missis is off-white, so in Florida she might get shot if wore a hoodie out running and someone on the other side of the road decided they felt threatened by her.

If she got the urge to start beating his head against the sidewalk...

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I recall Bill Bonner of Moneyweek and Daily Reckoning writing about Florida housing a few years ago - talked about lots of new builds which, IIRC, were nicknamed McD houses.

They looked impressive on first look and were designed to hook you and sell within the first 5 minutes. He then went on to say that such houses were often cheaply constructed.

I am, of course, not implying that the house in this thread, or all houses in Florida, are like this but I often think of that article when I view US houses on-line.

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I recall Bill Bonner of Moneyweek and Daily Reckoning writing about Florida housing a few years ago - talked about lots of new builds which, IIRC, were nicknamed McD houses.

They looked impressive on first look and were designed to hook you and sell within the first 5 minutes. He then went on to say that such houses were often cheaply constructed.

I am, of course, not implying that the house in this thread, or all houses in Florida, are like this but I often think of that article when I view US houses on-line.

It makes sense to construct cheaply (except for the storm shelter) in hurricane and tornado areas.

I would assume that sooner or later something like that typhoon in the Philippines will come ashore in Florida. I guess if you're far enough from the sea you'll be OK, but that will put you in the sweaty swamps for when there is no hurricane ie 99,999% of the time.

The problems with the cheapish areas of the States with a warm climate are, as far as I can see :

1. Green card.

2. Health insurance costs.

3. Education costs if you have children.

4.. Significant cultural issues

Not insurmountable if you really love it, I guess, there are lots of positives as well.

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The problems with the cheapish areas of the States with a warm climate are, as far as I can see :

1. Green card.

2. Health insurance costs.

3. Education costs if you have children.

4.. Significant cultural issues

5. Culturally bland

All good points.

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I recall Bill Bonner of Moneyweek and Daily Reckoning writing about Florida housing a few years ago - talked about lots of new builds which, IIRC, were nicknamed McD houses.

They looked impressive on first look and were designed to hook you and sell within the first 5 minutes. He then went on to say that such houses were often cheaply constructed.

I am, of course, not implying that the house in this thread, or all houses in Florida, are like this but I often think of that article when I view US houses on-line.

This is my experience of US houses (in the south). I wouldn't say badly constructed, but yes certainly cheaply built. There are always some older ones mouldering away because people see them as single use things like cars and then build another one cheaply on the same plot (usually generous-sized so you can do this).

I wonder if this is because they are in the south so:

i) the heat and humidity make them at risk to lots of potential problems which means that a house won't last 60 years without major works so instead of building it to last 60 years build it to last 30 with patch-ups then plan to build another one or get a big mobile home on the plot.

ii) there's no great requirement for with heat insulation, cold snaps happen but are short-lived, so you don't need thick brick / stone walls.

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ii) there's no great requirement for with heat insulation, cold snaps happen but are short-lived, so you don't need thick brick / stone walls.

Brick is a lousy insulator, so they'd better be thick.

If I remember correctly, wood is about 5x better insulation than the same thickness of brick.

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