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Old Today, 07:46 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Originally Posted by MrsLakota View Post
A few questions come to mind. Are you going to be ok when you age and cannot produce your own food? Hopefully you also receive Social Security? Maybe some medical benefits through your former job? Your choices of a low COL area seem very wise. We are currently open to moving to Oregon for that very reason
Originally Posted by StealthRabbit View Post
Oregon is NOT LCOL or Low taxes for retirees.

Portions of OR are more affordable, but the similar places in WA (income tax free) may be better, as is ID, MT, NV, and SD
When I was approaching my mandatory retirement I was stationed on two subs homeported there at Subase Bangor. We owned a home in Bremerton, and for 4 years we searched for an appropriate place where we would be comfortable to retire.

I have had many co-workers who bought their 'retirement homes' and who shared their experiences with rising property taxes.

We met realtors and look at many properties on the Olympic Penninsula, I have had friends who settled in Port Angeles, we really liked the Greys Harbor area. We spent one year's vacation time touring Vancouver Island talking about buying a home up there. I have fond memories of touring Squamish BC looking for a place for us to settle. There were a couple sub-divisions along the border with Canada in Eastern Washington with 100-acre parcels that we looked at. I came across a silver mining claim outside of Elko NV that was for sale, we spent a week camping at that site. But in the end, we were never confident that my pension was going to be enough to support my family if we settled in the PNW.

We finally decided to retire in Maine. 18 years later I am confident that we made the right decision for us.

As a native of California, I find Maine is a lot different than California. But I like the differences.
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Old Today, 09:22 AM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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In our community long time retirees are unable to pay their property taxes. Between pension, savings and SS, they seemed to have plenty of money for retirement (at 1979 prices), however they surprised themselves by living for 30 or more years after retirement and now the money is gone, or simply does not go far enough to cover the bills. The Township just lets it go. When the retirees die, the township steps in and takes the taxes out of the proceeds of the sale of the property. It is not beneficial to the township to have a bunch of retirees kicked out of their homes and a bunch of tax foreclosures on the market. It makes sense.
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