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Old 01-04-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Have you done this or are you thinking about it?

I'm not even sure it would be possible due to eldercare issues up north (another topic), but I'm thinking of buying our retirement house in AZ now and starting to move there.

I was about to type, "The problem is DH loves his job" but that's not really a problem, is it? He should do that for as long as he loves it. He turns 65 this month.

He's got a plane, he could fly in on weekends. He would miss me terribly, though. He's never been one of those "Oh, good, the wife is out of town" kind of guys.

Still, if you did this and made it work I'd love to hear about it.
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:20 AM
 
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How long until he joins you in AZ?
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Asheville NC
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I did exactly that. In fact he didn't see the house until after we closed. He wasn't going to retire for another year and a half.--he also loved his job. I was going to use that time to remodel our retirement home, and prep our other for sale. It didn't work out that way. He enjoyed himself here so much, the first week after closing,that when he went back to work he put in for retirement. We spent the next year turning this into our dream home and decluttering and moving our household.

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Old 01-04-2016, 09:44 AM
 
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i would never be allowed to be left alone without adult supervision ..
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Close to an earthquake
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Have you done this or are you thinking about it?

I'm not even sure it would be possible due to eldercare issues up north (another topic), but I'm thinking of buying our retirement house in AZ now and starting to move there.

I was about to type, "The problem is DH loves his job" but that's not really a problem, is it? He should do that for as long as he loves it. He turns 65 this month.

He's got a plane, he could fly in on weekends. He would miss me terribly, though. He's never been one of those "Oh, good, the wife is out of town" kind of guys.

Still, if you did this and made it work I'd love to hear about it.
When I read your post, I had to ask myself if this was my wife who had discovered this forum and whether your husband was me. Buying a retirement home in AZ is on our radar screen but the timing thing hasn't been resolved and is a source of conflict.

The clue was it wasn't me because I don't own a plane and am a few years younger. But everything else seems so much like us that it's surreal.

I'll have to read more once I have some time and jump in with some sharing.
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Have you done this or are you thinking about it?

I'm not even sure it would be possible due to eldercare issues up north (another topic), but I'm thinking of buying our retirement house in AZ now and starting to move there.

I was about to type, "The problem is DH loves his job" but that's not really a problem, is it? He should do that for as long as he loves it. He turns 65 this month.

He's got a plane, he could fly in on weekends. He would miss me terribly, though. He's never been one of those "Oh, good, the wife is out of town" kind of guys.

Still, if you did this and made it work I'd love to hear about it.

Rothbear did that. She and her husband made it work. I am sure once she see your thread she will chime in.
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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When I read your post, I had to ask myself if this was my wife who had discovered this forum and whether your husband was me. Buying a retirement home in AZ is on our radar screen but the timing thing hasn't been resolved and is a source of conflict.
That's funny!

I'm trying to not make it a source of conflict. I can't see what good fighting about it would do. I don't want to rush him. I also have another house here I need to sell first.

But after seven years of retirement planning, I'm feeling the need to move ahead.

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The clue was it wasn't me because I don't own a plane and am a few years younger.
Well, if you've got a pilot's license and are in the Bay Area, maybe he'd share. Heaven knows he doesn't fly it much now.
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Can he do some work from AZ. Maybe one week AZ and the next up North. Or long weekends?
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:22 PM
 
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And why would you want to leave the Bay area for Arizona? I guess COL would be one reason but as long as Mr Fluffy is still working, why move?
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Buy the house now and go there on vacations. Lots of AZ retirement homes sit empty for part of the year. You could also rent it out during the winter when the place is crawling with snowbirds. House prices are starting to climb again in AZ, so now is the time to buy. There are a lot of ways you can make this work.
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