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Old 05-26-2014, 01:57 AM
 
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So many are discussing second homes in the mountains or more isolated areas. We love ours at the beach. Two hour drive and being retired we can go and leave when we want. Doesn't a vacation home just become a second home once retired?
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:01 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Also...add to that the potential of having tenants who become problems & a nightmare to deal with.

For every person I know that has a 2nd home they rent, 75% have issues with their renters - either late/non payments, misuse, abuse of utilities/property, etc.

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One house has enough demands and is enough work to deal with!
Count me in the 25%,,, While not trouble free,,, I have done rentals for 40 yrs and have never had one trashed. I give my tenants all the contacts they need to handle a crisis. If they are never late, and never bother me, they get a rebate every yr. I have several who have stayed over 10 yrs.

Certainly not for all. I really like using them to maintain my second, and third, and fourth homes.. (Houses for them... (free) guest house for me). We share garden produce, rides, tools, hobbies... not so bad, not so odd.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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we sold ours. we realized after living in nyc the last place we really wanted to retire to was in some rural area.

all the things we liked about rural turned in to the things we wouldn't want in retirement.

no public transportation if we couldn't drive was at the top of the list.

limited medical specialists and facitilities , everything was a shlep if you need a quart of milk.

there was little to do all winter and once we exhausted the things to do in the area keeping busy daily was a chore day after day.

there was really just to little to do as we aged and so we decided while it was nice when we were younger it really was not where we wanted to retire so we are staying right here in nyc.
I want what you have when I retire, but I want it in a small town in the country, large enough to have a decent hospital. Where we live now is a ten minute drive to anything. Lots of good neighbors, but we all have to drive the same distance to get anything we need. Still want a yard for the dogs, though.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:46 AM
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We did the same thing - built a cabin on 5 acres in a beautiful, rural part of Washington State - the Columbia River Gorge. For 10 years we would go there for much of the summer, and we finally sold our Seattle house and move there! My job let me work remotely, from our cabin, so I was still employed full time. Most people I work with did not even know I was not in the office since I worked with people via video conference all over the world. That worked out well enough that we moved to Maui, where I worked from home also. But I hung it all up and retired recently. Now we live in Maui in the winter, the gorge in the summer.
I used to live in The Dalles on the Columbia, and just got back from a few weeks in Maui. Therefore, I can appreciate, on a small scale, your good fortune. Best wishes for a long life to enjoy paradise in TWO places.
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:56 AM
 
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We live upstate NY, spring, summer and fall. Have a large motor home and spend winters in the FL Keys. Have made great friends, from all over the US and love the Keys, until it starts getting too hot. We did own a condo in Maui and originally planned to retire there, but found island fever was an issue after awhile, so we sold the condo. The motor home gives us the freedom to pack up and explore, visit friends, and get away, without the hassle of owning a second home.
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:17 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Greatest experience EVER...I'm not here for job family I am here because I love it!
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That's why we live where we live too... because we love it.

But I am speaking of our primary residence.
Life is too short to wait for a vacation home...
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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We live upstate NY, spring, summer and fall. Have a large motor home and spend winters in the FL Keys. Have made great friends, from all over the US and love the Keys, until it starts getting too hot. We did own a condo in Maui and originally planned to retire there, but found island fever was an issue after awhile, so we sold the condo. The motor home gives us the freedom to pack up and explore, visit friends, and get away, without the hassle of owning a second home.
When I retire I would prefer to do the opposite. Have a home in FL, and escape the summer heat in our motorhome. We won't have to worry about pipes freezing or snow build up caving in our roof while we are gone.
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