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View Poll Results: Moving or not moving in retirement
Not moving and happy. 24 20.17%
Not moving (canít afford) and unhappy 2 1.68%
Moved and happy. 57 47.90%
Moved and not happy/have regrets 4 3.36%
Canít decide whether to move or not. 32 26.89%
Voters: 119. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-26-2018, 10:26 PM
 
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I'm heading to the Midwest, as soon as I can put together a plan. I'm widowed (two years) and I have children in the Midwest.

The East Coast just has too many people. I'm weary of the tunnels and bridges and tolls and congestion. Yes, I'm near Virginia Beach (about 40 minutes from the ocean front), but try to get there in the summer? Oh boy, it's not going to happen!

I'm a little concerned about the winters, but I have the ability to travel south if I get too cold.

Thing is, I'm constantly flying OUT to the Midwest to visit family members. I think it'll be a lot easier to just live out there!

Thanks for this thread. The posts are all very interesting!!
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Old 10-26-2018, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Also enjoyed the poll as it was interesting to see just how many had moved and whether they regretted the move or not. I did not vote because I want to move but have not moved yet. My 60 year old house is too large and expensive to maintain. And I want to get away from the hot southwestern summers to a slightly cooler climate and live by family. But the beautiful Oregon town where my sister lives and where I planned to retire has become very expensive and has recently experienced some unpleasant summers and winters. So you might say I am having second thoughts. This first year of retirement, I chose to travel and work on improving my health but will have to buckle down next year and get my home ready for sale.
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Old 10-27-2018, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Moved two months after retiring. Left the big city (DC metro area) to live in a very small town in a remote area. Very happy, seven years in. Know I might have to move to the nearest slightly larger town if frail health ever sets in, but have contingency plans for that, and in the meantime cherish living my dream.
My wife and I retired in 2008, and elected to stay in place for a while. That was in Northern Virginia, about 30 miles south of DC. It was the most comfortable decision at the time. But I had always wanted to live on a lake in Maine, and the more we talked about it, the more attractive it looked.

We needed to get some work done on the VA house to ensure a good price and quick sale. The renovations worked - more than list price and it sold in 10 days. As soon as we put that house on the market, we started our home search in Maine. It took a couple of days and ten houses, but the 10th house was almost exactly what we were looking for. What it lacked - a garage - we're putting in next year. We moved here four years ago.

It's a small town - I've never lived in a small town before, and wasn't sure if I'd like it, but it's been wonderful - great neighbors. And it's on a really nice lake.

It wasn't the easiest thing my wife and I have ever done ... moving from a place we had lived for 30 years, and all the people and places we knew. On the other hand, when you live on a lake in Maine, friends and family like to visit, and this summer we had more than 20 visitors, with most staying for longer than just overnight. And that's been a LOT of fun.
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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Husband wanted to move south from the Chicago area but I was happy there. We ended up in coastal NC and I hate it. I developed bad allergies and asthma and cannot tolerate the humidity. In addition, our insurance costs are so high they outweigh lower property taxes. I need 4 seasons and at least a few progressive people and itís not down here.
Above is Exhibit One about why a good strategy is to rent for a year prior to committing to a new location.
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:55 AM
 
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Husband wanted to move south from the Chicago area but I was happy there. We ended up in coastal NC and I hate it. I developed bad allergies and asthma and cannot tolerate the humidity. In addition, our insurance costs are so high they outweigh lower property taxes. I need 4 seasons and at least a few progressive people and itís not down here.
What do you mean by progressive people?
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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What do you mean by progressive people?

Democrats.
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Old 10-27-2018, 01:40 PM
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Location: USA
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Husband wanted to move south from the Chicago area but I was happy there. We ended up in coastal NC and I hate it. I developed bad allergies and asthma and cannot tolerate the humidity. In addition, our insurance costs are so high they outweigh lower property taxes. I need 4 seasons and at least a few progressive people and itís not down here.
So where did you settle?
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Old 10-28-2018, 05:29 AM
 
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Democrats.
Not necessarily.
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Old 10-28-2018, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Moved and Happy. Fortunately, both hubby and I love our retirement home and nearby village. We retired and left South Jersey 4 years ago and moved into our vacation cottage in upstate NY. It is a five hour drive to head south to visit family. Although we live in a rural area, we are close to many tourist locations, so family and friends visit us all summer long. (We have vacation campers set up on the property for them to stay in. :-)
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Old 10-28-2018, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I couldn't vote since I'm in the planning to move camp. We mostly like where we live now, but there's no way we can afford to live here once I retire. Unfortunately, retirement is roughly 8 years away, but we'll make it.
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