Latest Episode Of “Killing DeSantis,” CBS Claims Florida Is More Expensive Than California- RWR Fact Check: FALSE

After arguing for 3 years (here, here, and here) that Ron DeSantis was the worst at handling Covid, the media is now complaining that the Governor handled the pandemic too well.  So well, in fact, that hundreds of thousands of people fled “the safe haven” of the blue states to “risk certain death” in Florida.

CBS reports:

In the first three months of this year, record numbers of homebuyers searched for housing outside the metro area where they lived, Redfin research showed, with Miami being the top destination for movers. Tampa was third, while Cape Coral was sixth.

Governor DeSantis handled Covid so well that the media is desperately searching for a way to explain why people fleeing to Florida is a telltale sign that things in Florida are still going poorly.  For starters, they just discovered that massive migration into a state creates a more competitive housing market:

“Rents, which are rising by double digits nationwide, are positively ballooning across Florida, fueled by a surge of people who relocated to the state during the pandemic. Florida’s population is growing faster than any state but Texas: Between 2020 and 2021, 300,000 people moved to the Sunshine State.”

The media is always surprised to find that good governance attracts people.  Just like a highly rated restaurant producing high quality food would likely charge more, and have higher wait times, than your local KFC, Florida attracted middle income and wealthy people from the blue states who fled high taxes, falling living standard, and life altering pandemic restrictions.  Of course, wealthy people from other states make a tough competition for lower income residents of Florida.

“A slew of recent high-profile corporate moves to Florida, including Goldman Sachs, Elliott Management and Virtu Financial, have boosted Florida’s profile, while the pandemic’s shift to remote work turbocharged relocations. The level of inquiries his company gets from firms interested in moving to the state has grown tenfold compared to before the pandemic.”

Media wasn’t similarly concerned for low-income earners when Silicon Valley companies were over-hiring and overpaying their employees.  College graduates getting astronomical salaries (and free lunches) artificially inflated real estate market in Silicon Valley for many years.  Middle class residents were completely priced out of the parts of California, and buying or renting a house became a nightmare.  Your humble correspondent was outbid eight times searching for a somewhat livable Silicon Valley house.

And now the owners of these multi-million-dollar houses can’t go to an upscale mall without witnessing a heist, and they must step around human feces on their way to a $300 per plate dinner.  Living in California is no longer worth the price of admission.  So, they are taking their ball (and their money) and going to Florida:

“For migrating tech workers leaving San Francisco, New York, Chicago, being able to save thousands of dollars each year remains a compelling driver… to relocate [to Florida.]”

That prompted CBS to come up with the world’s most misleading headline: “Florida is the least affordable place to live in the U.S”

“In February, designated Miami as America’s least affordable place to live.” only looks at real estate data.  It does not consider other factors: price of gas, utilities, food, and medical care.  Once you consider all of that, by every indicator besides insurance, Florida is a bargain compare to California or New York.

Despite the growing home prices, a 2-bedroom apartment near the beach in South Florida will still have a price tag of around 500k.  In comparison, a similar 2-bedroom apartment in Marina Del Rey is close to 2 million dollars.  Average house price in California is twice that of Florida.  You can verify that running your friendly real estate engine.

“Adjustment for income” is also a huge deception. Incomes are indeed higher in California – but not for everybody.  Hollywood elite and high-tech employees bring the average salary in California way up.  However, most people in California still work for a modest wage.  Service industry, restaurant workers, car mechanics and people doing manual labor are paid the same, or marginally higher, than their Florida counterparts.  Those people can’t compete in artificially inflated real estate market.

Real estate aside, practically everything is cheaper in Florida.  California having the nation’s highest price of gas is the worst kept secret ever that CBS chose to ignore:

“Average regular gas prices in California are $1.15 above the national average.”

California residents also pay exorbitant rates for utilities:

“The national average of combined utility bills is $328 a month. 

In Oakland, combined utility bills cost households $564 a month. In San Francisco, household combined utility bills are $457 a month and in San Jose, households pay $390 a month.”

A nice dinner for two in Florida is often under 50 bucks.  Any mid-range Bay Area restaurant will charge you twice as much, and then add several surcharges.

Then of course, California taxes the heck out of you – more than any other state.

California became completely unaffordable for people living on middle income salary.  Many of them fled, leaving “the billionaires,” the very poor who depend on Gavin Newsom’s largess, and the people who are stuck for personal reasons.  But because Gavin Newsom is warming up in the bullpen as Joe Biden’s replacement, the media will keep your attention on people being “squeezed out” of Florida (not California!)

“Although Florida is increasingly attractive as a place to live for many Americans, the influx is squeezing many long-time residents, especially low-paid service industry workers and older residents on a fixed income.”

That statement is also a deception. Florida continues to be the top US travel destination, which makes the service industry thrive. People who are willing to work hard are growing their wealth and are fully able to buy a house in the many parts of Florida that are very affordable. In addition, Florida just introduced a Hometown Heroes program to help young professionals buy their first house.

Real estate market swings are the work of a free market, and thus, will negatively affect some people, as a free market always does. Pretending that Florida’s government is somehow negligent or culpable in this is a gross misrepresentation. And of course, the ridiculously misleading CBS headline speaks for the agenda they are pursuing.

RWR fact checks this claim as false and notes Governor DeSantis is still breathing just fine.

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  1. Gov. DeSantis and the team he has assembled to deliver good sound governance to the citizens of Florida is like the Road Runner and the biased media plays the role of Wile E. Coyote!

  2. A growing real-estate market will naturally be more expensive than a lax one so you would expect to see prices on homes rise, that’s common sense and any writer that can’t find the correlation is either lying or dumb.
    Miami is without a doubt the most expensive market in Florida so comparing it to say San Francisco is the logical choice. What is the dollar for dollar comparison of the markets, do you get more in one vs the other.
    Also the government of the state and city will have an influence on your decision, do you prefer an efficient, effective government vs a not one.
    Also like tpm posted with lots of people “You couldn’t pay me to live in Califruitnya”…….

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Tatyana Larina comes from my favorite work of poetry.  And that's the only time you'll see me quoting Wikipedia as a source.

I came to the US in 1991, lived in Bay Area for 30 years, and I have a Computer Science degree.  I worked in software industry for several years, later switching to a career of a full time mom, and I never looked back.  I am currently a resident of Florida.

In my younger days, I wasn’t a conservative. That is not to say that I was ever a liberal – I was not anything at all. I had no idea that there were such concepts as “conservative” and “liberal”. I did not pay attention to politics at all, and the most political knowledge you would get out of me would be who the US President was, and even for that you had to catch me on the right day.

My first introduction to politics was during the second Israeli intifada in 2002. Unspeakable violence erupted in Israel. Every day dozens of people were killed. Even though I didn’t follow politics, that deeply affected me. I felt sad, frustrated, and powerless. And one night, I happened to stumble on an MSNBC program called “Alan Keyes is making sense.” He was talking passionately about Israel and the violence, and he addressed my feelings very well.  Since that evening, I turned on Alan Keyes every night, and by his commentary he was able to take away some of the frustration and anger that I had. It was like a nightly therapy session.

Feeling intrigued after watching Alan Keyes, I wondered what else MSNBC had in store. I switched through the channels, and low and behold, I found Scarborough Country. Right off, Joe Scarborough wasn’t what he is today at all. He was a solid conservative (as I now understand), making common sense conservative points. I found him interesting and engaging. Opposing liberalism had not entered my mind at that time. I still didn’t know anything about liberalism. It was just the things he said sounded very common sense and worthwhile to me. Imagine that at some point, MSNBC had a conservative host on the air. Crazy times, ha?

Exploring my new political universe, I switched through more channels, and one night I found FOX. O’Reilly Factor was on. From the very first night, I was hooked. I abandoned Scarborough. O’Reilly was not just common sense – he was aggressive, and he was a fighter. He was Scarborough on steroids. He wasn’t just talking – he was taking on what he thought to be wrong and unjust. Ever since the first time, and until untimely end of Bill’s FOX career, I don’t think I ever missed one Factor.

For forming my political views, and my ability to formulate them, I have to give special credit to three people: Charles Krauthammer, Bill O’Reilly, and Greg Guttfeld.  To Charles - philosophy.  To Bill - realistic and pragmatic approach to politics.  To Greg - realization that a good joke will change more minds than a long lecture.

And for everything else, thanks to my family.

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