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Old 02-24-2018, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I would look for maybe five amenities or services you most frequently use wherever you are, and cannot do without. If an area doesn't contain those things, throw it out. List weather preferences. Keep sorting until you get five to ten candidate areas and focus intently on them.
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Old 02-25-2018, 08:18 AM
 
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One of my favorite websites is Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed which will allow you to compare your current city to a new destination. Once you submit both city names, you can click through a checklist on the left side of the page to get details. It's a great relocation tool. I think that comparing a new area to your current one gives you a good feel of what to expect.

Several years ago we kicked around the thought of moving to a different area. We visited the area of interest but didn't get the vibe we wanted to make a move. Now I would like to finally return to within an hour of where I grew up to be closer to family. Hubby's health has worsened making this an impossibility at this point. Fortunately, I'm currently in a great place that I love except for the heat. If I have to be stuck somewhere, this is a good place to be.

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Old 02-25-2018, 01:46 PM
 
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Dated a nice lady for awhile who lived in Batesville at the time. On one visit with her, she took me to Mountain View to listen to the bluegrass concerts around the courthouse. All around the building, and the surrounding park, there were little groups of musicians here and there playing for the roving audience. It was quite an experience, not one to be missed. I think it is a weekly event during the summer, but that might have changed since I attended quite a few years ago. Don't remember it costing anything. It was one of those 'bring your folding chair or blanket' things.
Sounds nice. Both those are in a different part of AR from me, though, way too far for a day trip. Maybe I'll get over that way some day.
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:56 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Sperlings is a great resource.

We agree that visiting is important. Also - get the vibe of the community by reading the local newspaper - which is probably available online. We did that for 2 years before moving from LA to Utah. Also got a good idea of housing prices - and a lead on jobs (but that was while we were working).

We're choosing to go back to California - yeah, we love it - more sunshine for us...... and we have been working with realtors looking for land - and now homes in the semi-rural area we have chosen - for 5 years.

I will retire end of this year and we'll have to have either a contract in hand or will have a pretty good idea
of where we will land. I'm hoping we won't be renting - unless we are building and it's a short-term rental - because I hate flushing money down the toilet. I could be convinced to live in an RV on site as we build our retirement home.

I am pretty certain it may not be our final retirement home - because my spouse has a tendency to change his mind.... but at least we will be in the vicinity where we have wanted to be for years - back closer to family and away from snow and conservative politics.
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Old 02-25-2018, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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One of my favorite websites is Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed which will allow you to compare your current city to a new destination. Once you submit both city names, you can click through a checklist on the left side of the page to get details. It's a great relocation tool. I think that comparing a new area to your current one gives you a good feel of what to expect.

Several years ago we kicked around the thought of moving to a different area. We visited the area of interest but didn't get the vibe we wanted to make a move. Now I would like to finally return to within an hour of where I grew up to be closer to family. Hubby's health has worsened making this an impossibility at this point. Fortunately, I'm currently in a great place that I love except for the heat. If I have to be stuck somewhere, this is a good place to be.
You can get a good quick breakdown there, but the information is not that in-depth from real people.

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Old 02-25-2018, 11:47 PM
 
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I think it is a good idea to visit and or rent before you buy anywhere.
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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For those of you who relocated for retirement, how did you narrow down your search, and then scout out the areas?
Yes, we did. We started by selecting a state, then I visited many times to narrow down to a town and a property.



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... Did you have an area in mind well before retirement?
Yes, we did.



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... Did you go for the weather, family or cost of living?
Cost-Of-Living was primary for us, followed by lack of droughts, and ruralness.

We have been here since 2005 and we love it.
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I think it is a good idea to visit and or rent before you buy anywhere.
especially Florida....you might not enjoy our weather 9 months out of the year - torturous heat and humidity.
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Old 03-07-2018, 04:16 PM
 
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[quote=cebuan;51116395]Every place has the good and the bad, you've been accommodating to that all your life. Don't start knocking yourself out about it.

My wife and I came back from South America and had no particular place to go and just went on a leisurely road trip. We camped out on the edge of Madison, Florida (up in the real Florida, where there are no retirees). Got up in the morning and liked the air, and saw a sign saying apartments for rent, and an hour later, we signed the lease. We were perfectly happy there for two years. Later, after splending a year in Asia, we found another paradise the same way, this time in Salem, Missouri.

By the way, first thing in the morning, with dew on the ground and birdsong in the air and coffee in your mug, is the best time to fall in love with a place.[/QUOTE


I love this! How awesome!
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Old 03-07-2018, 04:25 PM
 
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Love all this feedback. Such sage advice, and I appreciate it very much. So, our plan is to take some trips out to areas of interests and spend some time. See where we feel our vibe so to speak. My husband said the other day, he is getting excited about this next stage in life. I was pleased to hear that.
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