Miami: Considering a move there.

United States
February 5, 2008 4:47pm CST
I'm thinking about moving to Miami at some point within the next 6 months to year and a half. My best friend will be moving there with her sister this summer and so will my aunt in a few years plus an uncle of mine lives nearby. Right now mom and me are in Northern Alabama (where we moved to from Massachusetts nearly 4 years ago) and know very, very, very few people. Plus the main factor is that the job market here is pretty much dried up unless you're a rocket scientist or an engineer. My experience (and my mom's) is in office management and administrative assistance. Those fields in Miami pay about $10,000 to $20,000+ more annually if you are bilingual which I am, than they do where I'm at (I checked out monster.com) and there are a ton of jobs in that field there. My other major pluses are the weather there, AL is actually getting pretty cold winters now, having more family and friends close by that we can rely on and watching my Godson grow up again finally plus being able to be surrounded by my Latin American culture again. So here's my problem... looking online I can't find any nice apartments for a reasonable price. I was also wondering if anyone knew what the cost of living there was like? Anyone been there, lived there? I've been out of work since last April despite constantly sending in resumes (often times reapetedly) and never getting so much as an interview. In AL being Latin American is like being infected with the plague, someone sees the last name and in goes the resume to the circular file bin! Even the temp agency I worked for did that to other Hispanics and the whole office staff were Hispanics themselves! My mother's job just got terminated as the company owner can't keep his nose clean or out of the company cash so he's pretty much closing up shop this week. I feel like in Miami we'll have a more fair chance. Of course we need to find temp jobs here, probly go into housekeeping or something for now, so we can afford to move. Any Miami experience out there? Advice?
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• United States
6 Feb 08
I do not understand why someone can look at a person and not hire them because of race or their name. I am in CA and we have more Mexican's then we do whites but as long as we all do our job who cares what nationality you are. I wish you luck on your job seeking and your move.
• United States
6 Feb 08
Thanks a ton! I agree with you, it drives me insane because back in MA I never had to deal with this. All of a sudden it's "how do I know your legal" and I'm like maybe because I'm 2nd generation American and Puerto Rican not Mexican? Maybe because of my birth certificate? Or the white as hell accent? LOL! I think because I'm here in AL where ideals and beliefs are still back 50 years, that it makes all the difference. Even other minorities here are totally racist against Hispanics, that's the biggest slap in the face of all! I don't get how someone who comes from hundreds of years of feeling racism affect them, their families and their culture turn around and inflict that on someone else. I mean, do we not learn as a country from our past?
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• United States
6 Feb 08
You have to realize that just because it happened to them they do not have tolerance for someone else. When I was growing up I thought only WHITES where prejuiced. I soon learned that no matter what color their skin is they are human and they have the same feelings as I can. I do not understand it but it is there. I also do not understand why other countries hate all Americans because we have what we have. I do not hate other countries people. I know not everyone of them are bad or evil. I know that the Talaband is a few and not the who county or the whole Islam religion. Good luck to you and your mom.
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@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
6 Feb 08
My parents live in Fort Lauderdale. My father works in Miami. From where they live it is a 45 minute commute. Spent alot of time there. Be very careful. Education: Currently the armpit of the country(TO QUOTE MY BROTHER WHO HAS TO SEND HIS SON TO SCHOOL THERE) compare personal property tax on homes (I'll get to the apartments in a minute) I have a 3 br 2 bath house. Where I am property tax is $1,500 a year. Same size house Miami or smaller! Starting at $5000 in most areas. Apartments are tiny for what you pay for them. No question on that can you say matchbox? and can you say insurance? Good luck there. Rates are higher than in the middle of the country. Why we have occasional tornados or wind shears. They have hurricane season. While living there I experienced brown-outs. That's where they turn off your power periodically for a few minutes. Sometimes daily, sometimes weekly. It's a great party place. Nice for a vacation. But I will never live there again. Welcome to Miami!
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• United States
6 Feb 08
Thanks for the advice! I noticed the tiny apartment thing looking online and how expensive they are too! I am used to the funky weather here in AL and the brown-outs as the apartment I'm in is 40+ yrs old and has never been kept up. I am waiting until my friend and her sister move down and then try and set up interviews there. If I get something good I'll look a bit more outside of immediate Miami for a bit more space and a price break.
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