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 Bil
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I am looking for a contact (I would  like to speak by phone if anyone is interested) My wife and I are looking to relocate to ST Thomas. We have been there twice over the years and feel it would make a great retirement destination. We are just starting our research and we have a few things that will make or break the move.

Thanks in advance

Bill/Robin

 
Posted : December 15, 2019 10:31 pm
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You can ask here...we don't bite!

 
Posted : December 16, 2019 8:00 am
 Bil
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what I am interested in talking about  is in regards to Job's, rental's , buying a car ,public transportation and a host of other things. I am still a little old school and like to speak with people.  If you wound like to give me your email great! I can send you my phone# or whatever works for you. my email rascobill@gmail.com . 

If not I understand. Thank you.

 
Posted : December 16, 2019 8:28 am
Exit Zero
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Start simple here if you get no personal responses.

 

Where do you live now.?

Do you need to work in STT?

Will you be here full time/all year?

would you want to rent a furnished place or bring down all your stuff, [have no stateside residence]?

***Public transportation is extremely limited  ** buying or bringing a car is covered in numerous posts here,use seach.

 

 
Posted : December 16, 2019 12:28 pm
 Bil
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I live in Michigan

Yes I would need work but money isn't as big of a issue is healthcare insurance.

yes I would live year round and I have found a few furnished apartments that look like they will work.

My wife and I would move with the basic's. I would be renting my home out with all the furnishings.

 
Posted : December 16, 2019 3:11 pm
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Good start - hope you get some personal answers if that is how you proceed.

Health Insurance -- heavily posted about often , not much available privately --jobwise, a  few smaller outfits offer it unless you get a big corporate job or Govt. work. Medicare is widely accepted, maybe check AARP for available options? It is actually one of the reasons people leave the VI not move here for. Serious health problems also force many residents to move stateside for competent care.

Don't rent sight/site unseen. A PMV is a worthwhile expense and time well spent -- explore areas to live, assess grocery stores and services you would use, Post Office, banks, marinas, auto mechanics etc.  -- arrange for job interviews  -- housing possibilities  -- [at least 10-20 days of time not vacation oriented.]

Island living is certainly not for everyone  - and many time a couple will have differing views on it all. It is expensive on every level and expecting/demanding stateside efficiency or available products and services is bound to cause immeasurable disappointment.

It is much better weather than Michigan! Hurricanes can be a major problem some years.

 
Posted : December 16, 2019 6:55 pm
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If you are old school and need to talk to people, the old school method on St Thomas is to visit (the so-called PMV) and network at bars, stores, etc. It is kind of like getting a job. For the most part, people are not going to talk to you unless you are on island. So many people say they want to move, and so few actually do. 

If health insurance is a concern, you really need to read here about it. No individual insurance, fewer employers provide because of the cost. (We were paying nearly $2000 per month for UHC in a small business plan). ? If you have Medicare, you can buy UHC supplement and tings good. No Advantage plans.

 
Posted : December 17, 2019 7:59 pm
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