We’re back in Florida for our fourth year snowbirding from cold Minnesota. We toured models at the giant Latitudes Margaritaville/ Daytona Beach development yesterday.
A weird thing happened when they asked us where we were from. Being from Minnesota, we had to sign an “Out-Of-State Non-Solicitation Affidavit” to acknowledge that we arrived “voluntarily”.
What? Yes, apparently it is against Minnesota law for a Florida developer to encourage (solicit) you from moving to Florida!
We needed to sign this note saying we didn’t arrive in response to any “advertising or communications” delivered within our home state. Yes – they are creating a roadblock fir people who might want to move out of the state – by censoring real estate ads from people in other states.
It’s not just MN, either. They had a map of which states require it. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but I didn’t. Most of the blue/high-tax states seemed to be the ones requiring this … California, Illinois, and NY among them.
I have to say, I was shocked to see this. I know real estate is a highly regulated field with lots of licenses and requirements. Still, it seems to me that blue states have been losing the “net domestic migration” game for some time (recent chart below) and might be trying to simply squelch ads & communications from one state to another.
You might think that MrFireStation is getting too political here, but trust me when I say I’m as politically independent as you get. I’m simply frustrated to think that my state is blocking me from hearing a relevant message! It just seems positively un-American!
Have you encountered this regulation before?
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