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Old 05-23-2015, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I don't know how to go back and add to a prior post---forgot to thank Sheena, also! Thank you!
There is a time limit for doing that, and I can't remember what it is - somewhere in the vicinity of an hour, perhaps. If there is no "edit" button at the bottom of your post, then the time limit has run out for editing that particular post and you are out of luck.

 
Old 05-23-2015, 08:01 AM
 
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Thanks for the explanation, Escort Rider. I thought there was an edit button but couldn't find it, so evidently waited too long!
 
Old 05-23-2015, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Hello from West Virginia! I've been lurking here for a few months and thought I would finally write. I am a few years from retiring (I'm 58), and have started looking to move outside of West Virginia. I will be by myself. I love this state, but I don't like the thought of having my social security or IRA taxed. My head is already spinning at the decisions one has to make for their retirement years. So many questions.....Do I move to Florida, where the lack of taxes are my friend, but I will pay more on property tax and insurance due to sink holes and hurricane force wind? Do I want to buy into an active 55+ community where the HOA is steep each month? Will I be welcome as a single person? Florida or South Carolina? Anywho....I am sure I will have a lot of questions, and this forum has been so informative thus far. Nice to meet you!
Hello and welcome to the retirement madness Vickie! Figuring out where to go can be a bit daunting. I started with looking at those "best places to retire" lists. Some areas immediately didn't appeal to me so didn't go on the list. I hate the Midwest - between the long, cold and very snowy winters to the hot, humid and killer summer days, I knew that I didn't want to stay in the Midwest. The heat and humidity of Florida and South Carolina did not appeal to me at all. The southwest really appealed to me.

I took the Find My Spot quiz and it provided a list of 50 areas to consider. The top 13 places for me were in New Mexico and Arizona. It was nice to have confirmation that I was on the right track for me After much online rental hunting, I've ruled out New Mexico and Nevada. I've also gotten to the point where only two areas of Arizona appeal to me as rental costs and associated amenities are a big concern of mine. I also started making a spreadsheet to keep track of locations and costs - this helped me to narrow the field a lot! Once I reach Arizona this fall, I know which areas I want to look.

You've still got plenty of time to consider the "where will I go." There will be some ups and downs along your path, but you will reach your goal! Happy hunting!
 
Old 05-23-2015, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I need to rant. Today I have a real headache (besides the hip pain). My daughter and son in law now want to move BACK to Chicago (where she and I came from 14 years ago). They want to be around the rest of the family.

And, it is the ideal time to sell my house at a good profit. Have interviewed 3 realtors, chose one and he is ready to go. The market is hot. My area is in demand. There might already be buyers out there who lost out on same exact model in a bidding war down the street a few weeks ago.

So what's the problem?? CHICAGO?? Not my cup of tea. Once again, here I am not knowing where to go. It's all coming together now, yet I still have not an inkling of where to live. Will probably list the house and live somewhere temporarily. Alot of moving for an old lady with a sore hip.
 
Old 05-23-2015, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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I need to rant. Today I have a real headache (besides the hip pain). My daughter and son in law now want to move BACK to Chicago (where she and I came from 14 years ago). They want to be around the rest of the family.

And, it is the ideal time to sell my house at a good profit. Have interviewed 3 realtors, chose one and he is ready to go. The market is hot. My area is in demand. There might already be buyers out there who lost out on same exact model in a bidding war down the street a few weeks ago.

So what's the problem?? CHICAGO?? Not my cup of tea. Once again, here I am not knowing where to go. It's all coming together now, yet I still have not an inkling of where to live. Will probably list the house and live somewhere temporarily. Alot of moving for an old lady with a sore hip.
I am sorry about your headache and painful hip. I am sure they are no fun. Hope you feel better soon.

I of course do not know your whole story (family, kids, siblings, etc), but I for one am in favor of you taking care of you. If you are able to, take a few short trips to different areas that you think might be a good place to retire. And try to remember, as I have to remind myself, no matter where you decide to go if it does not work out, you can move again. No, moving is not my favorite activity either, but it is worse to feel "stuck".

Lack of money is my issue and I was frozen for a time thinking I could not move. Then I decided that yes I can. I will no doubt always have some kind of debt. I need to get over it. I'm 73, retired, not thrilled with central NY, want a more pleasant weather-wise area to spend my life. So what if it gets too hot in the summer. Try NY and freeze your butt off for several months and deal with snow and ice.
 
Old 05-23-2015, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Originally Posted by PhxBarb View Post
I need to rant. Today I have a real headache (besides the hip pain). My daughter and son in law now want to move BACK to Chicago (where she and I came from 14 years ago). They want to be around the rest of the family.

And, it is the ideal time to sell my house at a good profit. Have interviewed 3 realtors, chose one and he is ready to go. The market is hot. My area is in demand. There might already be buyers out there who lost out on same exact model in a bidding war down the street a few weeks ago.

So what's the problem?? CHICAGO?? Not my cup of tea. Once again, here I am not knowing where to go. It's all coming together now, yet I still have not an inkling of where to live. Will probably list the house and live somewhere temporarily. Alot of moving for an old lady with a sore hip.
Sorry about your headache. I agree with not heading to Chicago! The last 2 winters I've spent in this area have been horrible, and I don't have hip pain so I can't imagine getting around the winter with that to deal with too. Are you dependent on your daughter and son in law to provide services that you have to go with them to Chicago?

Your house may sell for a good profit - but what's next? Are you planning to rent? Going to reinvest in another property? It sounds like you don't really want to be uprooted.
 
Old 05-23-2015, 05:17 PM
 
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PhxBarb,
I moved out here to Az from Chicago area 5 years ago. I miss my friends and family a lot. But I wouldn't move back because of the weather that exacerbates my health problems. Would Southern Illinois be a possibility? Closer than Az anyway! (IL is a long state so know it would take at least 6 hrs to get to Chicago) The humidity would bother me but at least there's very little snow there, I think. Just a thought. You have a tough decision. Good luck!
 
Old 05-23-2015, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Check out $$Southern Illinois. My brother lives in Marion & I stayed with him & wife for 6 months. The weather is better but there Is ice concern in the winter. I don't know because I wasn't there in the winter. There are many good things about the area. I loved the friendliness, and how helpful everyone was. People were open and it felt like home. So you may be able to have the best of both worlds. I know Carbondale has a train stop so you could just take the train to Chicago rather than drive. So look at the area and see what you think.
 
Old 05-24-2015, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I need to rant. Today I have a real headache (besides the hip pain). My daughter and son in law now want to move BACK to Chicago (where she and I came from 14 years ago). They want to be around the rest of the family.

And, it is the ideal time to sell my house at a good profit. Have interviewed 3 realtors, chose one and he is ready to go. The market is hot. My area is in demand. There might already be buyers out there who lost out on same exact model in a bidding war down the street a few weeks ago.

So what's the problem?? CHICAGO?? Not my cup of tea. Once again, here I am not knowing where to go. It's all coming together now, yet I still have not an inkling of where to live. Will probably list the house and live somewhere temporarily. Alot of moving for an old lady with a sore hip.
Now THAT is going to be a 360! It's like moving to another country (14 yrs later) even though you've lived there before. However, don't panic. You don't have to live inner city if you don't want to. I would rent a temp apt and give yourself time to scope things out, esp the senior amenities in different places. (You are returning as a senior!) Living near family as we age, imo, is important (if we are close to family that is). You may have to move quickly when your house sells. Perhaps you still have friends and family back home who can help in the transition?
 
Old 05-24-2015, 07:55 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Chicago? Oh Hell No.

I would opt for flights back a couple of times a year.

Not a great place to have hip problems. Your daughter is young enough to cope - you may not be.
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