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Old 10-19-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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yes but only because the home I bought dropped from 100k to 60k in 3 years
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Whoa, Curmudgeon! So far, no one can respond properly to your question in the OP because no one regrets his or her move.
We haven't heard all the stories yet, so there may be some regretful ones. Also there are those moves, like mine, that get mixed reviews. While I love my move within New England, I do regret not choosing a place outside of it with 1/3 the property taxes of here (there were compelling reasons to stay).

Does a partial regret count?

Remedy: cut back on other things to afford the taxes.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: OH
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Please tell where you live that is so wonderful!
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:59 PM
 
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Acqua Blue, I'm wondering what clubs you joined, if you feel like saying. Sounds like the clubs were very productive choices!
Actually probably the best was a Red hat group. I got their name off the web site. Several of those people invited me along, first to a book reading club that one went to at the library, then another one invited me to a sewing group, and a couple invited me to play cards. The card group was a different group, except for two ladies, Thru that I got involved in a bible study and a hiking group. I think some of it was it just happened to be the right group.

A friend who had been military and moved frequently told me to join everything you see that is remotely interesting, you can always drop them if they don't meet your needs. That was good advise. Previously I had lived in the same town for 25years, so it was hard to put myself out there, but I now am very happy here.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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Please tell where you live that is so wonderful!
I live in the upper midwest. I doubt it would be for many-haha! I like the change of seasons, don't mind snow.I like cool weather rather than hot.

I think the big satisfaction factor for me is being near family. We have always gotten along well, not that we don't have disagreements and it is nice to be close. I enjoy having holidays with family, I appreciate the expertise from my brothers in areas I don't feel comfortable in. I love getting to be part of my little nieces life, I don't have any children and so she is sort of a niece/grandchild.

I also was fortunate to make some good friends, whom I have a lot in common with.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:27 PM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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LauraC-Thank you for the checklist. By far the best I have seen.....
I agree. Give Miss laura a round of applause! That was very thought-provoking and underscores the issue that what is great for one person is not necessarily what the other is seeking. Several people have put out things that helpl others to look at things from their own unique perspective which is why both nuts and bolts info is very helpful as well as anecdotal.

While I'm anxious to put down roots and stay somewhere, I'm really rather glad I've had the time/fortune/misfortune to relocate so many times in the past few years that it's forced me to evaluate and reevaluate. I have appreciated a little something about everywhere I've lived (as well as decidely not appreciated some things as well).

But a very nice thing happened today when a neighbor, knowing my body was not playing nice of late, stopped by with dinner. I'm still basking in the glow of that gesture.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Please tell where you live that is so wonderful!
OOps, I answered you but you were asking Aqua Blue, not me...sorry!

NEg
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... 11. Don't be discouraged about retirement based on what you see in retirement destination magazines. They are trying to sell things to upper middle class people by their advertisers. Ask yourself when was the last time you read a retirement magazine that told you how great the hunting was in Town X or how many baseball diamonds there was in town, how the bass fishing is, or where you can see bluegrass and country bands play in the park? If you came from out of space and read retirement magazines you'd think the only things important to all retirees are museums, marinas, the theater, shopping and golf. There are plenty of both kind of places but the magazines only address one kind of retirement. Also, consider that a lot of retirement book authors live in big cities. What you consider to be a great retirement may never have even occured to them to address in their books.
I agree.

We retired to an area never featured in the magazines. Anytime we look at the Ads we walk away befuddled with the choices they claim to make sense.



We began searching for a place to retire 10 years before my retirement. During that period of time we made three moves to different regions of the US, and finally overseas. I can't really say how far we moved when I actually retired, as we were overseas and returning stateside.



To the OP; 'NO' we have not regretted it so far.

Dense-forest, water-frontage, low cost-of-living, low tax-base, the ability to grow our own food, and live off-grid. We have been surprised by a few things; the community network among neighbors and the encouragement from others in the area.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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Acqua Blue, I'm wondering what clubs you joined, if you feel like saying. Sounds like the clubs were very productive choices!
I'll just presume and jump in here to suggest things like bowling teams, dart teams, gardening clubs, etc. We have moved many times in our life and find we can make 200 acquaintances in 90 days just joining the local dart league. Even if these type activities don't especially interest you, they will open doors to other people and activities.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Franklin Lakes, NJ
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Great post Laura C.
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