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Linda J
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June 12, 2012 1:14 am  

IMO, this had disaster written all over it. Ask your potential employer to pay for you and wife to visit before you decide. Anyone who is willing to pay you $60,000 should be willing to spring for a visit. Also be sure you understand your benefits, especially health insurance.


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fdr
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June 12, 2012 1:16 am  

do they have car dealerships that will finance a car or do i have to purchase it out right?

There are car dealers on St Thomas. Financing is available.

either way we are happy to live a little less hectic and save some money for a better future.

Uh-oh...
OK, I'll do it. "How do you leave St. John with a million dollars?" "Come with two million."

( should i sell my furniture or take it?)

The best approach may be to keep it in storage in Miami until you have been here for a year. By then it should be clear to you whether you will want to stay, and you can invest in the expense of shipping what you want at that time. If not, it's ready and waiting for you to resume your life stateside. You will not need to bring much, as many apartments here come furnished. You may also find that things you think you will use to accessorize your perfect island life, turn out to be impractical or never used for one reason or another. Get the experience first.

The most important feedback remains: If you think you want to accept the job, do a pre-move visit, WITH your wife. You both need to see what you'll be in for, or it could be a rough ride.


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Jzarz313
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June 12, 2012 3:44 am  

do they have car dealerships that will finance a car or do i have to purchase it out right?

There are car dealers on St Thomas. Financing is available.

either way we are happy to live a little less hectic and save some money for a better future.

Uh-oh...
OK, I'll do it. "How do you leave St. John with a million dollars?" "Come with two million."

( should i sell my furniture or take it?)

The best approach may be to keep it in storage in Miami until you have been here for a year. By then it should be clear to you whether you will want to stay, and you can invest in the expense of shipping what you want at that time. If not, it's ready and waiting for you to resume your life stateside. You will not need to bring much, as many apartments here come furnished. You may also find that things you think you will use to accessorize your perfect island life, turn out to be impractical or never used for one reason or another. Get the experience first.

The most important feedback remains: If you think you want to accept the job, do a pre-move visit, WITH your wife. You both need to see what you'll be in for, or it could be a rough ride.

Sounds good only problem is she is 9 1/2 mo pregnant so it's not good for her to travel so it's really up to me to scope out the island and get everything set up for when she arrives. She is committed to giving it at least a year so I want to do all I can to make it the best experience for her.


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June 12, 2012 10:24 am  

We are moving to STJ in August. We have a seven year old son. We have already leased the home which is more expensive than what I am getting for my house in Boston. We bought a car on island, have our son enrolled in private school $$$$, we don't have jobs yet, we are aware that we probably will not be able to save any money but hopefully break even. It has been a dream of ours for a long time to move to STJ and we are willing to do whatever it takes. Just hoping STJ doesn't chew us up and spit us out!!


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June 12, 2012 11:07 am  

one other question most of the expats that have moved from the states to St. J, why have you decided to move and is it with a family or just a couple? also how long have most of you lived on the island.

Expats? Do you realize that St. John is part of the US Virgin Islands? Those of us who live in the USVI are not Expats - we are still US citizens.


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June 12, 2012 11:21 am  

... so it's really up to me to scope out the island and get everything set up for when she arrives. She is committed to giving it at least a year so I want to do all I can to make it the best experience for her.

Then please "scope it out" by making a serious PMV. All the reading in the world can't prepare you for the reality.

By the way, I hope your wife isn't currently nine and a half months pregnant


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fdr
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June 12, 2012 11:38 am  

One word of advice for those who will be moving here: It is a very small community, and word travels fast. For example, jewels, I already know whose house you'll be renting and exactly where it is, even though you and I have never spoken. If you are thinking about moving to any USVI but especially St John, be selective about what you share on the Internet, and be very mindful of how you treat EVERYONE on island once you arrive.


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jewels922
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June 12, 2012 12:25 pm  

Thanks for the advice, FDR. 🙂 I'm aware it is a very small island and word travels at lightning speed.


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Jzarz313
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June 12, 2012 1:46 pm  

one other question most of the expats that have moved from the states to St. J, why have you decided to move and is it with a family or just a couple? also how long have most of you lived on the island.

Expats? Do you realize that St. John is part of the US Virgin Islands? Those of us who live in the USVI are not Expats - we are still US citizens.

My deepest apologies you are 100% correct not sure why I used "expat" I meant to say why did most of you decide to relocate to st j. Again my apologies I did not mean any disrespect please excuse my error.


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Jzarz313
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June 12, 2012 1:50 pm  

... so it's really up to me to scope out the island and get everything set up for when she arrives. She is committed to giving it at least a year so I want to do all I can to make it the best experience for her.

Then please "scope it out" by making a serious PMV. All the reading in the world can't prepare you for the reality.

By the way, I hope your wife isn't currently nine and a half months pregnant

Well she is about 37 weeks and a full term is 40 weeks, I will definitely see about doing a PMV as I agree with you it will be the bet way to real gain first hand knowledge thank you to everyone for all your help.


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Jzarz313
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June 12, 2012 1:57 pm  

One word of advice for those who will be moving here: It is a very small community, and word travels fast. For example, jewels, I already know whose house you'll be renting and exactly where it is, even though you and I have never spoken. If you are thinking about moving to any USVI but especially St John, be selective about what you share on the Internet, and be very mindful of how you treat EVERYONE on island once you arrive.

Fdr thanks for the advice as well, the fact that its a small community really appeals to us as we like to make great friends and one other neat thing we have read is the absolute need to always greet everyone with a good morning , good afternoon, good evening, I feel that the main land could benefit from some island values. St. J has all the signs of being a good move for us, just looking forward to this opportunity materializing itself. Thank you to everyone who has gave us information 🙂


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Ronnie
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June 13, 2012 6:51 am  

This is America, You will not be an 'expat'. Bottom line is to visit and check it out.


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June 13, 2012 9:54 am  

I sent you a private message 🙂


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June 13, 2012 9:27 pm  

One word of advice for those who will be moving here: It is a very small community, and word travels fast. For example, jewels, I already know whose house you'll be renting and exactly where it is, even though you and I have never spoken. If you are thinking about moving to any USVI but especially St John, be selective about what you share on the Internet, and be very mindful of how you treat EVERYONE on island once you arrive.

As someone who has been here for awhile, but not long enough to know a lot, this might be one of the best pieces of advice I've ever seen posted on this board. And it's true of ALL three islands.


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