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Old 10-16-2007, 04:43 PM
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Plus, most people are older when they retire and you just can't physically do a lot of things at 60 that you could at 30. When I was 30, I had a two story house with an above ground basement on a 1/2 acre with a fabulous garden I spent most of my free time in. Now, my knees hurt just thinking about it. I live in a one level condo with lots of pots and raised beds for gardening. A downtown condo may not be the best place to raise kids. But it can be a wonderful lifestyle after the kids leave.
Growing older brings changes. Sometimes you can adapt where you're planted, other times you need to be transplanted.
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:13 PM
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Default I personally think it is bad for

communities to have everyone moving around. You get to me nice people that are your neighbors, they get old then leave. I guess I find it unsettling to communities to have so much turnover. i think this is why it seems no one know their neighbors anymore...why bohter they will leave!!!!! Old folks have a lot to give to their communities. After my father died my mom now teaches kids to read at the school, takes dancing lessons, learned to play the saxophone and goes out with her lady friends all the time. Right in the community she lived in for 70 years. She found new things right in her own backyard. She probably would have done them sooner but my dad needed care for his diabetes. I am very very proud of her for finding a new life right where she has always been... GO MOM!!!!!
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:31 AM
Location: Las Vegas
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When we are young, we have to live where we can get the best jobs and make the most money. Not necessarily where we want to live. When I retire I never want to see snow or do yardwork again. Also the cost of living thing is very valid. I had a $30 hamburger in NYC last week and I remember thinking how can any just regular working people afford to live there?

My job forced me to live in a cold cruel environment. Now I want to be warm. I did my time! Now I can do what I want to do.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:30 AM
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Originally Posted by Padgett2 View Post
A fixed income that can't handle the cost of living in a desired area plus a desire for a better climate, will influence a lot of decisions. I don't think I could handle winters up North or Summers in Arizona.

Good retirement areas are seldom the places where someone wanting a good income would go when they were younger.

A lot depends on how much they are involved in the lives of their families and if they live nearby.
Well said !!
I do feel the North east was a great pace to raise the kids and the opportunities for them is great as well.

That said when we retire our income will drop....
I'm hoping we are lucky and can down size here and then get a winter place somewhere between Bluffton & Savannah
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:46 PM
Location: Orlando
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Why will I move?
Some like I, find it's time for a fresh start. It's Our time!!
I live in the city now for work reasons but have always wanted to live in the country.
My son is grown and gone, we see him when we can but he has his own life to lead. We might wait till we see where he settles to decide where but it won't be next door to him.
I'm tired of the hustle and bustle of the city so we'll find a spot near a small town in case we need human contact.
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:52 PM
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to move away when they retire. leave eveything they know. why didn't they move when they were younger. i guss i do not get it
We move because we want to and can. We no longer have a job determining where we live. We don't move because we don't want to. The reasons why we want to are many. The reasons why we don't want to are many. You stay because you have no reason to move. I move because I have reason to. The result is that life is grand.
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by berries View Post
to move away when they retire. leave eveything they know. why didn't they move when they were younger. i guss i do not get it
Maybe for some they live in an area they don't really like. Maybe they live in that area only because of work. Maybe they always dreamed of living on a lake or living at the beach. Maybe cost. Lots of reasons.
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:00 PM
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow!
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We're moving out of Arizona to Missouri on a lake. We no longer need to be in a 5 bedroom 3 1/2 bath, 4,700 sq. ft house (and we don't EVEN want to talk about the taxes here), the crime rate is soaring as well....Our kids/grandkids are here, we'll miss them and we'll visit often and fly the grandkids out to the lake each summer....but we don't like the terrible heat anymore, I want to garden (not much of that going on here in Arizona), I want to see a white Christmas once again, I want to fish and just relax.....I no longer have the urge to have every single square foot of this huge house clean...I'm pretty darn tired of cleaning! So we bought a smaller place, on a lake in a beautiful area! I retire in 2 months and am starting to look forward to relaxing and doing what I want to do for a change!

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Old 10-17-2007, 05:55 PM
Location: Bayside, NY
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We live on Long Island (right out side of NYC) where the taxes are astronomical and the houses are one on top of another. As of now, when my wife retires in 2 years, we intend to retire to PA near Philadelphia. House taxes are much lower plus social security and pensions have no state taxes. We will be able to sell our house, buy one one in PA for cash and have money left over to furnish it. If my job didn't force us to live here we would have been long gone years ago.

I really wanted to move out west but my wife decided she wants to be within driving distance of her friends and family. We will also have a new part of the country to explore.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:04 PM
Location: WA
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Originally Posted by norm View Post
...and pensions have no state taxes.
It may not affect you but many states do not consider IRA/401 accounts as qualified retirement plans and therefore tax the withdrawals. You may want to check in advance to avoid a nasty surprise.
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