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Old 08-23-2014, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by newenglandgirl View Post
I've done a spreadsheet as well (mine is for Maine), putting in "dots" in the cells that go with each location that have each of the amenities we want.

First vertical column: the specific locations

Horizontal headings with columns under them for the dots (the amenities):
Thanks for that! I really like your method.
Even though we've settled on our retirement locale, we can use it to help find an apartment/condo/townhouse (no more house maintenance for us ).
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Old 08-23-2014, 03:05 PM
Location: Columbia SC
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Start your selection with a broad brush. As an example year round golf is mandatory for me thus about 80% of the US gets eliminated with the first stroke. Far down my list is the quality of the public schools as I have no children. Now to deal with the 20 or so things in between.....LOL

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Old 08-26-2014, 04:10 PM
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We've been in a 10 year process; seriously for about the last five years. I started by considering our general criteria and going into sites like those mentioned above to come with locations. I then checked our criteria against the findings. Then I ran them by the husband who knocked most of them out. Over the years, we contacted realtors in a few of the top choices and learned about the housing availability in our price range. We visited a few of the areas and looked around the neighborhoods and at houses, found the shopping, restaurants, synagogues, recreations, etc.

Finally we narrowed it down to our top three choices (San Diego, Portland Oregon, and Orange County CA). We created a spreadsheet with our criteria down the left side. We had a column for a multiplier of 1 to 5, with 5 being very important criteria and 1 being not very important. Each of us applied our own personal multiplier to each critera. Then each of us rated the criteria in the three locations from, 1-3, with 3 meaning that it best matched the criteria. We each then calculated the multiplier against the rating for each criteria and each location and totaled it up. Example - I gave the criteria of "Recreation/entertainment/access to body of water, beaches" a multiplier of 5 (very important to me). I ranked San Diego 3 (so total of 15 points), Portland 1 (so total of 5), and Orange County 2 (so total of 10).

This was for the benefit of DH; I already knew which would come out on top and I was right - it got the top score from both of us..... San Diego. So we went out and stayed there for a couple of months to really explore the area in depth. It was satisfactory - the only caveat being cost. Over two years later, we are finally maybe probably seriously getting ready to maybe probably seriously sell our home and move there.

Whoever said analysis paralysis - that's DH! I would have moved 10 years ago.

These are our criteria:

-Cost of housing
-Weather - snow, rain, heat, cold
-Cost of living (taxes, utilities, food, gas, etc.)
-Recreation/entertainment/access to body of water, beaches
-Socialization opportunities (JCC, synagogues, universities)
-Major urban access, access to city center
-Employment potential
-Neighborhood, walkability, shopping, etc.
-Ease of transportation - airport, highways, trains
-Rental availability - houses? Condos? Etc.
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:48 AM
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Sounds like you have too many options, in that case rent until you find the place you like best. If your not sure keep moving.
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