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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Monsey Master Thread
« on: January 11, 2021, 04:13:41 PM »

what recommendation would you make for upscale hotel within 5 miles?

and fine meat(chicken meals preferred) place to eat dinner(upscale)?
Courtyard By Marriot in Mahwah is not upscale but they recently renovated.
Or look into hotels in Montvale NJ, Like Hilton Woodcliff.


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General Discussion / Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
« on: November 12, 2020, 10:27:16 AM »
Pls forgive the noob question/issue...

I accidentally was signed up for the professional selling plan for both the UK And Japan. I only realized this after I was charged. Fortunately UK amazon was willing to refund me no problem.
Japan amazon has no interest in refunding me even though never even used the service. Is this something I can dispute with my cc, or do I risk a U.S amazon shutdown? I'm only talking about $50 not $100s but it feels like such a waste...
I would appreciate anyone's feedback, thanks.
I dont know if it will affect your US account, but why risk your business for $50?

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 28, 2020, 11:22:11 AM »
You seem very invested in this project, and I wish you much hatzlacha. The one piece of advice I would give you is to get involved. Don't take numbers at face value. Ask exactly how each little thing is being paid for and where every penny is going. It's ok for people to be making money off of this deal, but it is not ok to make half-baked plans and stick people with avoidable or foreseeable expenses after they move. The viability of this community, or any small community, relies on widespread community engagement and involvement. People need to get their hands dirty.
Thanks @Lurker I totally agree on this!
And thats why I'm not rushing to sign contract

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 28, 2020, 10:52:46 AM »
CMIIW, but most mosdos rely very heavily on donations. Even if the teachers don't get paid much, you still need facilities and equipment. Those things often get donated in other communities. There are also admin costs in getting a new school set up.

18 kids per class in K-8, with separate classes for boys and girls, means they need 324 kids. That's setting the bar pretty high. It's very doable after a few years, but people need to be prepared to cover those first few years until more people move down.

ETA: Another thing that needs to be taken into account is that you can't pay teachers in FL like you do in NY. All of your teachers will be living in your community, meaning they are paying $25k-30k a year in housing alone. There is no Section 8 covering things. They likely won't qualify for food stamps, and definitely not at NY levels. There are also fewer organizations to help cover the gaps. No gemachs. The teachers need to be paid properly, or the whole community falls apart.
I agree that they need to get paid more for lots of reasons!
Look at melamdim in chasidish Mosdos, some are sooo unqualified,  and its happening because the younger generation almost doesn't have section 8 and no one can live with those pay checks.
I really don't know how they ran the numbers but don't forget he is a adding 30K per house for infrastructure, so the buildings should be paid off, and when talking about chasidim, it's not hard at all to reach this number.
I live in a ghetto of 18 Families, 9 are younger couples and still there are more than 120 kids here.

I personally don't think tuition will be completely free, and for sure not the first 2-3 years, but I'm sure it will be way less than NY

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 27, 2020, 11:55:00 PM »
In Chasidish mosdos Rabbaim and Teachers aren't paid that much, therefore, its possible to run the School without charging the parents

HOWEVER they need a certain amount of kids per class in order to be fully covered by the program, I think he said 18.
In case the class has less, they will have to charge a little bit to cover the gap.





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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 27, 2020, 04:11:28 PM »

I also have 10-15 miles of mountainous trails within 10 minutes of my house, and hundreds of miles more within 30 minutes. That's a biggie for me.

Agree on this one!
Just hiked this morning

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 27, 2020, 03:45:53 PM »
if its a mix that's very healthy. I like what i am seeing.
That's exactly what I meant.

I grew up in Monsey, (original Monsey)
We were surrounded with secular Jews, and our closest neighbors were hardcore litfaks or BT lubab, and we all got along very very well.
Personally, I would love to see Jews from all sectors not just Chasidim, and I hope that eventually it will.

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 27, 2020, 03:40:40 PM »
@mendyt you said I would label most as Normal center chasidish families could you please elaborate from which Chasedis?
Probably all.

As I wrote in my longer post, I did not speak with everyone, but I did meet:
Satmer
Belz
Gur
Pupa
Viznits
Neutral

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 27, 2020, 03:30:54 PM »
Were those purpose built from scratch?
I agree, It was not, however people felt the need of moving out and they just made it livable.
Its easy to sit on DDF and have wise plans w/o moving a finger. oh, well, the fingers are working hard here  ;)




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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 27, 2020, 03:25:09 PM »
By the way,
I wonder why people don't ask all these questions to most Monsey area residents who moved out to small high ranches or colonials.

The price is low, 2600ft is not tiny, all you need is invest a little more money to make it perfect.

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 27, 2020, 01:47:05 AM »
does not look like there are separate playrooms and if that is correct that is really unfortunate
also what does the ongoing monthly community fee cover and can it be raised over time.
Yup, playroom is a problem but some are thinking of closing down the flex room to use as a playroom (In the Hayden model) or eventually fix up the garage.

The community fee is for some amenities that come with the community, like play grounds, Swimming pool and I hope a gym too

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 27, 2020, 01:38:44 AM »
I enjoy reading all the comments, it opens my eyes to some more questions.
 But as a few said, let one be a 1st even if it isn't perfect.  This will never happen If everyone will wait for the perfect dream home, perfect location and perfect price. 

In Pasco county he would've have options of 3500sf and even 4K and it seems like that was a smaller developer with more flexibility,  but as they said,  there is huge momentum right now and waiting a year longer will just kill it.

There is plenty of land all around!  And as I mentioned above, you can purchase a private larger lot within walking distance and build your own dream home.

For me personally getting out of NY to an OOT community is a huge perk and dream of mine, ill be more than happy if it never grows to more than 300- 500 famiIies, I can continue my work remotely, so many concerns that lots of people have, aren't concerns for me at all.

I do want to find out more why nothing can be done to change some layouts, along with a few other questions, I hope I'll at least be able to get an answer next week when I'm on the ground there.

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:28:18 PM »
Further down the page:

Speak to an agent.
Def will before making a final decision.
But am sure its cheaper than South FL, its not that close to the water

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:20:06 PM »
Isn't this being built for frum people? Don't most frum women want a bathtub in their bathroom?
Everything is cheaper when done in bulk up front...
Thats right, but D.R. Horton does not want to change ANYTHING.
The original dream was in Pasco County where they did have the flexibility of customizing the homes.
It is what it is, take it or leave it.

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General Discussion / Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:16:25 PM »
That sounds ridiculously low. South FL is a little different, but it runs between $3500-6500 for similar houses here. Hurricanes are a thing. I can get you info for an insurance agent here who may be able to get more accurate numbers.
http://letmegooglethat.com/?q=property+insurance+rates+hillsborough+county

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