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Old 01-27-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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OR do what we've done and make friends before you get to retire that are already THERE! We can't wait to move down! We have many friends in PC, PGI, NP already! And I can vouch (like it's necessary...) for Harbor Hoppers flight $$, we've done the same thing, from Rockford, IL on Direct Air.
As far as our family, both my sisters have moved away, our daughter has moved to NYC, the only family I have left in Wisconsin is my mother. My mother in law is gone, and we're not close with my husband's side of the family. So...why not???
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Ohio/Sarasota
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This not a big deal. Why all the accusations? We bought our retirement condo and plan to retire in ten years. If in twenty years we decide to sell and move somewhere else, well OK then. My wife and I have spent about three months a year in Florida since we were married fifteen years ago. I'm from Ohio and have few relatives. She is from KY and doesn't want to live around her relatives. We made what we think is the best decision for us. I feel pretty comfortable with our decision.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Sun City Center, FL
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We retired in 2009 and we are moving to Sun City Center this summer. Our reason for moving from South Carolina is that DW has health problems and can't take the winters in South Carolina. We don't have family in South Carolina so that is not an issue. Our children and grandchildren live in Illinois and Pennsylvania (both too cold). Most of my family lives in Wisconsin (also too cold) and most of DW's family lives in Arizona (too dry) or California (too expensive).
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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Or you can do what we did. We bought our retirement condo a year and a half ago. We are at least ten years from retirement. We are making new friends in the area before we retire.
Although this is not for everyone, this is sort of what we have done. We bought our home a few years ago, and I rent it out to snowbirds, etc each season. I go down before and after and get it ready, etc. This has many good tax benefits. We have gotten to know our neighbors very well, and now our future is known.

Frank
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:10 PM
 
Location: N.H Gods Country
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If Seniors have Family,Friends up North and no-one here in Florida,Arizona etc. I think it is a HUGE mistake to move away to living in a place where you have no-one. Loss of Family being the prime reason not to move. That is too big a trade off for warm weather!!!

If you can afford it,by all means spend some Winter months in a warmer climate but DON"T MOVE AWAY FROM FAMILY!!!
You really hit the nail on the head with that.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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We retired in 2009 and we are moving to Sun City Center this summer. Our reason for moving from South Carolina is that DW has health problems and can't take the winters in South Carolina. We don't have family in South Carolina so that is not an issue. Our children and grandchildren live in Illinois and Pennsylvania (both too cold). Most of my family lives in Wisconsin (also too cold) and most of DW's family lives in Arizona (too dry) or California (too expensive).

Well a word of advice you better discuss a plan with your adult children in the event you or your wife get ill( not wishing this on you).

But having no family in FL can be very problematic when old age and health issues arise.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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.....They also found that the close friends and relatives in Fl started dying off or were moving closer to their families......
Exactly.... in their case as you mentioned above, they had family and close friends there at first. They were not isolated, disconnected. They were not alone right from the start.

It's not a negative factor as I see it, just a fact of life that those moving to Fl *ALONE* are not all that happy. Those who moved here to TN alone were not all that happy either. When I lived in NYC a co-worker from IN was very depressed and talked about leaving her husband to go back home. He was transferred to NY and they were there alone. No children, family or friends.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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Although this is not for everyone, this is sort of what we have done. We bought our home a few years ago, and I rent it out to snowbirds, etc each season. I go down before and after and get it ready, etc. This has many good tax benefits. We have gotten to know our neighbors very well, and now our future is known.

Frank
Who watches your property for you when you are not there? Who mows the lawn etc? Is it in a gated community?
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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We retired in 2009 and we are moving to Sun City Center this summer. Our reason for moving from South Carolina is that DW has health problems and can't take the winters in South Carolina. We don't have family in South Carolina so that is not an issue. Our children and grandchildren live in Illinois and Pennsylvania (both too cold). Most of my family lives in Wisconsin (also too cold) and most of DW's family lives in Arizona (too dry) or California (too expensive).
If your wife has health problems, what will happen to her should you predecease her? What will she do there alone and in poor health? I hope she has a plan should that day ever come. Believe me on this.... you can't depend on friends and people from the church to step forward more than once or twice.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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OR do what we've done and make friends before you get to retire that are already THERE! We can't wait to move down! We have many friends in PC, PGI, NP already! And I can vouch (like it's necessary...) for Harbor Hoppers flight $$, we've done the same thing, from Rockford, IL on Direct Air.
As far as our family, both my sisters have moved away, our daughter has moved to NYC, the only family I have left in Wisconsin is my mother. My mother in law is gone, and we're not close with my husband's side of the family. So...why not???
What of us who are in our mid 60s and already retired? Where friends are concerned it's much easier for younger people who can snow-bird for years and perhaps make some friends (?) before moving there. But as someone already said here, these are mostly superficial friendships. More acquaintances that real friends. When the chips are down, they have a way of vanishing..........
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